Internet troll Mushfiqur Rahim after ‘Handling The Ball’. England Legend joins

Mushfiqur Rahim achieved a dubious feat as the veteran Bangladesh cricketer became the second ever batter in Tests to be dismissed for blocking the field. The incident happened during Day 1 of the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Dhaka after Mushfiqur hit the ball away from his stumps after defending a delivery from Kyle Jamieson. Social media was filled with hilarious comments about the rare and bizarre sacking of the former England skipper Michael Vaughan comes with a special message. “Welcome to the very exclusive Managed Ball Club @mushfiqur15 .. only decent players are members ..” he wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).

In the fight, Mitchell Santner and Glen Phillips took 3-65 and 3-31 months respectively Ajaz Patel claimed 2-54 for the tourists as they dominated in their bid to level the two-match series.

Mushfiqur top-scored with 35 after Bangladesh opted to bat at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, helping the hosts recover from a dismal 47-4.

England’s Leonard Hutton was the only other batsman to be dismissed for blocking the pitch in Test cricket during a match against South Africa at the Oval in 1951.

Mushfiqur’s 57-run partnership with Shahadat Hossain helped the hosts recover from Santner and Patel’s spin of their top order.

But after Mushfiqur returned to the pavilion, Phillips dismissed Shahadat (31) and Nurul Hasan (seven) to put Bangladesh in further trouble.

Santner – who replaced Ish Sodhi in the only change among both teams from the first Test — took the wicket Mehidy Hasanwho made 20 before edging a catch at slip.

Phillips grabbed his third wicket and fell Taijul Islam leg before for six, before Tim Southee caught the last wicket off Shoriful Islam for 10.

Southee did not concede a run in his 5.5 overs.

Earlier, Zakir Hasan and Mahmudul Hasan put on 29 runs in the opening stand before a disastrous five overs saw Bangladesh lose four wickets for just 18 runs.

Bangladesh are chasing a first-ever Test series win over the Black Caps after their 150-run victory in Sylhet last week.

(With AFP inputs)

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