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Wayward Fizz a concern for Bangladesh

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Amid a near perfect performance against West Indies in their tri-nation series opener, the only spot of bother for Bangladesh was the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman.
Adorably dubbed as the 'Cutter Master', Mustafizur gave away 84 runs in his 10 overs and picked up two wickets in the later stages of the innings. It particularly looked too weird, especially when no other bowlers went for even over 5 runs per over.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza had figures of 10-0-49-3, Saifuddin 10-1-47-2 while the spinners duo Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz conceded just 33 and 38 runs respectively in their 10 overs to manage one wicket apiece.
Therefore it raised a question. A bowler might have a one day off in the ground but this is not for the first time for the Fizz, as he was called. Mustafizur conceded 92 runs - the second most by a Bangladeshi bowler in ODIs after Shafiul Islam (96) - in his previous game against New Zealand at Dunedin earlier this year.
However amid Mustafizur's wayward bowling, Bangladesh managed to get off to a good start in the tri-series tournament with a crushing eight-wicket victory over West Indies.

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