Mostafiz at the beginning of IPL, Mostafiz at the expense
One day practice after 7 days quarantine. Mostafizur Rahman came down to play the match the next day. The Bangladeshi left-arm pacer made his debut in the first match of the season for the new team Rajasthan Royals in the IPL today.
But did the debut go well? Mostafiz has scored many runs against the Punjab Kings at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, but has not taken a wicket. Mostafiz’s debut in the pink jersey could have been different if he had taken the right review and the fielders had not made a mistake. In the end, Mostafiz gave 45 runs in 4 overs. Batting first, Punjab lost 6 wickets for 221 runs in 20 overs.
Mostafiz could have got the wicket at the beginning of his spell. In the second ball of his first over, Mostafiz’s inswinging ball hit the pads of Punjab opener Mayank Agarwal. Mostafiz and Royals fielders did not get a response from the umpire even after applying for LBW. Captain Sanju Samson thought the ball would go over the stumps. Mostafiz thought the ball would swing more and pass the leg stump. So the Royals decided not to take the review. But as seen in the TV replay, Agarwal would have been out if he had taken the review. Mostafiz spent 11 runs in that over.
Chris Gayle hit a boundary in the next over of Fiji. Mostafiz gave 6 runs in that over by combining one or two runs with the rest.
After two overs in the power play, Mostafiz came to bowl again in the 15th over. Now it is the turn of his misfortune. There was an opportunity to take wickets in that over too. This time fielders Joss Butler and Ben Stokes made mistakes.
Butler missed the catch with Mostafiz.
Butler missed the catch with Mostafiz. Photo: IPL
Deepak Huda, who became destructive, made a catch while hitting a six on Mostafiz’s cut. But the forgetful catch of the two fielders is missed. At that time Hooda’s run was 39 off 15 balls. After getting a chance from Mostafiz’s ball, the Indian batsman left the field with a batting frenzy of 64 off 26 balls.
Mostafiz did his worst over in the 19th over. He spent 15 runs in two boundaries.
Rahul and Huda have batted well.
Rahul and Huda have batted well. Photo: IPL
The rest of the Rajasthan bowlers were just as costly as Mostafiz. Each of the key bowlers has given more than ten runs per over. Punjab captain Lokesh Rahul’s bat came off a great innings of 91 off 50 balls. His innings was arranged in 6 fours and 5 sixes. In the middle overs, Chris Gayle’s 40 and Hooda’s 64 took Punjab to the run hill.