In the world of cricket, where fierce competition and high stakes often dominate the narrative, it’s refreshing to witness moments of pure sportsmanship. Such an event unfolded during the second ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand, where Litton Das decided to recall Ish Sodhi after he was controversially run out at the non-striker’s end by bowler Hasan Mahmud. What transpired next was a heartwarming gesture that captured the essence of cricketing camaraderie.
Ish Sodhi’s controversial non-striker’s end run-out
The incident occurred on the third ball of the 46th over of New Zealand’s innings at a time when they were struggling with 224 for a loss of eight wickets, and Sodhi stood at the non-striker’s end with Lockie Ferguson on strike and Hasan bowling for Bangladesh. However, what happened next took everyone by surprise as Sodhi left the crease before the ball was delivered, and Mahmud displayed sharp reflexes to remove the bails at the non-striker’s end. The decision was eventually sent upstairs by on-field umpire Marais Erasmus, and Sodhi was caught out of the crease.
Litton Das’ gesture and Ish Sodhi’s heartwarming hug to Hasan Mahmud
As Ish Sodhi began his dejected walk back to the dugout, Bangladesh captain Litton and bowler Hasan had a discussion with the umpire and decided to withdraw their appeal and recalled Sodhi to the crease, allowing him to continue his innings.
In response, Sodhi couldn’t contain his appreciation for the Bangladesh duo’s gesture and embraced Mahmud in a warm hug upon returning to the crease. The video of the same soon went viral on the internet, and people acknowledged the remarkable act of sportsmanship.
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Here’s the video:
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The match result and overview
As far as the result of the match is concerned, New Zealand managed to post a competitive total of 254 runs despite losing wickets at regular intervals. Tom Blundell played a crucial role, scoring 68 runs off 66 balls, while Sodhi’s late surge contributed 35 runs off 39 balls. For Bangladesh, Khaled Ahmed and Mahedi Hasan impressed with three wickets each.
On the other hand, Bangladesh struggled to build partnerships and could only muster 168 runs in 41.1 overs. Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 44 runs, while Mahmudullah played a valiant innings of 49 runs. However, it was Sodhi who stole the show with his remarkable performance, taking six wickets and proving to be too strong for the Bangladeshi batters. Ultimately, Blackcaps emerged victorious by 86 runs.
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