Soumya Sarkar played an amazing innings today in Nelson! What is called the flower of the stroke! Like 2015 Soumya.
In the second ODI, Bangladesh set a target of 292 runs to New Zealand today, the entire innings on the way was ‘benign’. 58 percent of the team’s runs are that Soumya.
Soumya scored 169 runs off 151 balls with 22 fours and 2 sixes before being dismissed as the eighth batsman on the first ball of the last over. Only four-sixes hit the century! Bangladesh are all out after four balls.
Soumya has also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar in this century record. The record for the highest runs scored by an Asian batsman on New Zealand soil was held by Tendulkar – 161 runs scored by the Indian legend in 2009. Soumya has crossed that run today.
But Liton Das was not passed. Soumya would have become the record holder of Bangladesh’s highest innings in ODI if he could score 8 more runs. The record which is still held by Liton Das, was set by Liton in March 2020 against Zimbabwe in Sylhet.
Interestingly, three of Bangladesh’s highest innings in ODIs were against Zimbabwe. After Lytton’s 176, Tamim’s two innings of 158 (2020) and 154 (2009) are at number three and four on the list. It is Soumya’s innings that enters at number two which is against a ‘big’ team.
Despite not being able to surpass Liton, Soumya has overtaken Mahmudullah Riyad (128, 2015 World Cup) to become the record holder for the highest runs scored by a Bangladeshi batsman against New Zealand on New Zealand soil.