MIRPUR: Bangladesh Men’s cricket team displayed great sportsmanship as they recalled New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi, who got run out at the non-striker’s end during the second ODI of the three-match series here on Saturday.
The incident occurred in the 46th over of New Zealand’s first innings when young pacer Hasan Mahmud noticed Ish Sodhi marching out of the crease.
Consequently, Mahmud, while bowling the third delivery of his last over, unhesitantly dislodged the bails off in his run-up and appealed for the runout.
Replays showed Ish Sodhi well out of his crease and was deemed out. Sodhi then started to walk back to the pavilion with a smile and clapped sarcastically.
Bangladesh captain Litton Das then engaged in a conversation with the on-field umpire Marais Erasmus and opted to withdraw from the runout appeal.
The Bangladesh skipper, alongside umpire Erasmus, simultaneously signalled Ish Sodhi to come back.
Upon his return, Sodhi gave a heartfelt hug to young pacer Mahmud, which caught the attention of cricket fans, who praised the Bangladesh cricket team for their sportsmanship.
Bangladesh players call back IshSodhi after getting him out through Mankad rule.#BANVNZ
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Giving a second life to Ish Sodhi, however, came back to haunt Bangladesh as he added 18 runs to his tally before finally getting dismissed in the final over, scoring 35 off 39 deliveries with the help of three sixes.
His crucial knock lifted New Zealand to set a commendable 255-run target for Bangladesh.
Wicketkeeper batter Tom Blundell top-scored for New Zealand with a 66-ball 68 which featured six boundaries and a six.
Blundell was also involved in an anchoring 95-run partnership with left-handed batter Henry Nicholls, who scored 49 in 61 deliveries with the help of six boundaries.
When this story was filed, Bangladesh were 72/4 in 15 overs with set-batter Tamim Iqbal (40) and Mahmudullah (1) at the crease.