Tri-series 2018: Mustafizur Rahman one wicket away from entering the record books

Mustafizur will overtake Abdur Razzak in the list.

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Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Young Bangladeshi pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been a revelation for the national side in the last couple of years. Ever since he broke out on the international stage almost three years ago, Rahman has not looked back. He has been become a regular face in the national setup and has been excelling with the ball in all formats of the game.

Had there not been the injury concerns, Rahman could have well been with the likes of Kagiso Rabada in the current day world cricket. In any case, Mustafizur Rahman has been steady with his progress. And now, when Bangladesh is taking on Sri Lanka in the final league game of the tri-series 2018, Rahman stands a golden opportunity to enter the record books.

Mustafizur Rahman is just one wicket away from becoming the fastest to fifty wickets among the Bangladeshi cricketers. He has 49 scalps to his name in 26 games thus far. If he manages to take one more wicket, he will achieve the milestone surpassing Abdur Razzak. Razzak had reached the coveted number of 50 scalps in 32 matches. Also, Rahman will become the joint 8th fastest to the milestone if he achieves the feat in this particular game.

However, if he fails to do so, he will have to wait a little longer for the next ODI fixture of Bangladesh to come up. For the numbers, the fastest to fifty wickets in the world is Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis. Mendis had reached the milestone in just 19 matches. Former Indian pace bowler Ajit Agarkar comes in next in the list. Agarkar is the fastest to fifty wickets among the pace bowlers.

Plight of the series

Commenting on the plight of the series, Bangladesh have been the most successful one among the three participating teams. Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka have faltered big time with their plans. If Sri Lanka wins the final league game against Bangladesh, they will face the very same team in the finals. In case, they fail to do so, team Zimbabwe could nose ahead and play the finals against Bangladesh owing to their superior run rate.

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