Ish Sodhi, a leg-spinner for New Zealand, praised Bangladesh captain Liton Das for bringing him back after Tigers bowler Mankaded him in the first innings of the second one-day international of the three-match series between the two sides, which took place on Saturday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The match was the second of a three-match series between the two countries.
Ish Sodhi’s performance both with the bat and the ball was critical to New Zealand’s 86-run victory against Bangladesh. The victory was the first time since 2008 that the Blackcaps had prevailed over the Tigers when playing away in Bangladesh. Prior to this, the Blackcaps had lost all seven of their matches played within the Tiger’s lair.
In the 34th over of the first innings, Sodhi stepped out to bat when New Zealand were in a precarious position at 166 for six and had just suffered the loss of their set hitter Tom Blundell.
Even though Sodhi batted till the very last over and was the last wicket to fall, things started to become intriguing much earlier than that, namely in the middle of the 46th over. When Hasan Mahmud reached the conclusion of his run-up at the non-striker’s end, he noted that an eager Sodhi was out of his crease. As a result, Hasan Mahmud removed the bails from the stumps at the non-striker’s end. The Bangladesh side at first looked to be cool with the dismissal, which confused Sodhi as he cheered in protest while heading back to the pavilion in the middle of the match.
On the other hand, Liton and Soumya Sarker were overheard having a conversation with the umpire Marais Erusmas about recalling Sodhi. In the end, they came to a consensus on it, and the umpire gave the hitter who bats right-handed the signal to return to the plate. He had scored 17 runs when he was out of the game, and after that he added 18 more runs to bring his total to 35 off of 39 balls, which is now his greatest score in his professional career.
“I hope your day is fantastic. Coming out on top… historically speaking, we haven’t done so well for ourselves. It was really kind of Litton to get back in touch with me. We anticipated that things would begin to change much later in the day. Even Ravindra and McConchie were eventually able to get it to spin. That does not happen every single day. “This is really a tough place to come and win,” Sodhi remarked in the post-match presentation interview. “This is a tough place to come and play.”
After assisting his team in scoring 254 on a difficult track, Sodhi seemed to store his finest performance for later, as he claimed his first five-wicket haul and took six wickets while only allowing Bangladesh to score 39 runs. This resulted in Bangladesh’s defeat.
Before both sides go out to compete in the World Cup, New Zealand and Bangladesh will meet for the third and final one-day international match on September 26 at the same location.