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Bangladesh all-rounder and former MCC Young Cricketer (YC) Mahmadullah is celebrating after contributing to the Tigers’ historic One Day International series win over New Zealand.
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Mahmadullah played in all four matches of the hosts 4-0 victory - their first over a major international side - chipping in with 59 runs and three wickets.
Another ex-YC Ross Taylor was a part of the Black Caps side who succumbed to Shakib al-Hasan’s impressive Bangladeshi’s in the five match series.
Bangladesh have beaten every major nation since their first ODI in 1986 but had yet to show the consistency required to win an entire series.
However, a narrow nine run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method in the opening game in Mirpur provided the impetus that saw Shakib’s men take the series comfortably.
Mahmadullah shows his worth
Mahmadullah showed his value to the Tigers with some useful performances, particularly in the fourth ODI.
After the second match was washed out without a ball being bowled, the Tigers opened an imposing 2-0 lead with the 24-year-old sweeping up the Kiwi tail with 2-6 in just eleven balls.
He wasn’t required to bat in the seven wicket win but made a vital, second-top score of 37 and took 1-5 in two overs as Shakib’s century set up a decisive nine run win.
Taylor stands alone
Taylor meanwhile proved a rare shining light in the Black Caps’ struggling batting line-up, top scoring with 110 from his four innings.
The 26-year-old made an unbeaten 62 in the third ODI but received little back-up from his underperforming side.
Ex-MCC Head Coach Clive Radley, who coached both Taylor and Mahmadullah during their time as YCs, spoke of his delight at their efforts.
"It’s always great to see some of our former players making it at international level." said Radley.
"There are a few of them doing well at the moment, though none of them have made the England team.
"Both Ross and Mahmadullah have worked really hard at their game to get this far and be playing international cricket regularly.
"Ross in particular has really tightened his game up and doesn’t play across the line as much as he used to, he has developed very well."