The second ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand commenced at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on September 23, with New Zealand’s captain, Lockie Ferguson, choosing to bat after winning the toss. During the game, a heartwarming display of sportsmanship took place when Hasan Mahmud ran out Ish Sodhi at the non-striker’s end.
Initially given out by the third umpire, the decision was later reversed after Bangladesh’s skipper, Litton Das, and Hasan Mahmud, decided to call Sodhi back to the field. The moment concluded with a warm hug between Sodhi and Hasan.
In a remarkable display of sportsmanship, Bangladesh exemplified the spirit of fair play during their second ODI against New Zealand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. In the 46th over of the Black Caps’ innings, fast bowler Hasan Mahmud attempted a run-out at the non-striker’s end.
Ish Sodhi had backed up a bit too far, and Mahmud saw an opportunity to dislodge the bails on his delivery stride. The decision was referred to the third umpire, Nitin Sodhi, who initially gave Sodhi out. Following this, Bangladesh’s captain, Litton Das, and Soumya Sarkar, conferred and decided to retract the appeal, allowing Sodhi to resume his innings.
Here is the video of the incident:
Ish Sodhi was run out at the non strikers end by Hasan Mahmud. The third umpire checked and gave OUT! But when Sodhi started walking out, skipper Litton Das and Hasan Mahmud called him back again. What a beautiful scene! Lovely spirit of the game. The hug at the end was wonderful… pic.twitter.com/GvrpjXcJwB
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Litton also had a discussion with the on-field umpire before inviting Sodhi back onto the field. Once Sodhi returned, he shared a friendly embrace with Hasan, both demonstrating their good sportsmanship. This act of fair play by the Tigers exemplified their commitment to the spirit of the game, as Bangladesh remained one of the few teams to refrain from running out a non-striker during a bowler’s delivery stride.
Hasan Mahmud Mankad out to Sodhi. The umpire also gave out.
Litton Das spoke to the umpire and withdrew the appeal.
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At the time of the incident, Sodhi was batting on 17 off 26 balls. He went on to remain not out on 35 off 39 balls, hitting three sixes along the way. After receiving a second chance, Sodhi went on the offensive, smashing Mahedi Hasan and Khaled Ahmed for two sixes.
In the final over, Sodhi found an outside edge, bringing an end to his cameo. Thanks to Sodhi’s contributions, New Zealand managed to score 254 runs in 49.2 overs.
Among New Zealand’s standout batters were Tom Blundell, who scored 68 runs off 66 balls with six fours and a six, and Henry Nicholls, who contributed 49 runs, forming a partnership of 95 runs with Blundell. Khaled and Mahedi Hasan picked up three wickets each for the Tigers.