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Tigers seek a consistent Mustafizur against Sri Lanka

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Mustafizur Rahman was at his best during Bangladesh's World Cup opener against South Africa and the Tigers began the journey with a bang.
He claimed 3-67 in 10 overs, the economy rate may look bad but he struck in crucial moment to deny South Africa chase down Bangladesh's total as they racked up 330-6, their ODI highest also. South Africa eventually was shot out for 309.
But a different Mustafizur Rahman turned in the next two matches which Bangladesh lost by two wickets and 106 against New Zealand and England respectively.
In those two matches, he went wicket-less, leaking runs in abundance. Especially Mustafizur's ordinary performance against New Zealand was criticized as Bangladesh could have won the match had Mustafizur bowled well.
Mustafizur Rahman, adorably called as Cutter Master, emerged as a shining star in the sky of Bangladesh Cricket in 2015 and took the World cricket by surprise demolishing a much-vaunted Indian batting line up in his first two matches with consecutive five-for and six-for. He had the knack to baffle the batsmen around the world with beguiling slower and unplayable cutters until his form took a dig following a recurring injury.
After the injury and surgery on his shoulder, Mustafizur never remains as consistent as he was early in his career. The inconsistency is widely exposed in the ongoing World Cup when his service matters most.
"I think Mustafizur is gradually getting his best as he had done well in practice match and in the first match of the World Cup. But we have seen a mixed performance from him since then. It's because of his injury actually but he is going in the right direction and improving day by day," Former Bangladesh skipper Shahriar Nafees told a private TV channel ahead of Bangladesh's match against Sri Lanka.
He expected Mustafizur to hit back in form against Sri Lanka, a crucial match for Bangladesh to keep their semifinal hope alive.

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