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"The man of crisis" - Twitterati erupts as Mushfiqur Rahim smacks back-to-back centuries against Sri Lanka

Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates his century
Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates his century

As Mushfiqur Rahim rose like a phoenix from the ashes in the second Test against Sri Lanka, fans on Twitter couldn't control their excitement. They were all praise for the Bangladeshi veteran, who in the company of Liton Das, bailed the team out of trouble after being down at 24/5 in the first innings.

Mushfiqur, who walked in at No. 5 at the fall of the wicket of Mominul Haque, exhibited authority right from the start and batted with great, positive intent. He took the attack back to the Sri Lanka bowlers and played some flawless cricket to take Bangladesh's total past 250 runs.

This is the second consecutive century for the Bogra-born player in this series. In the first innings of the first Test, the 34-year-old scored 105 runs off 282 balls in a knock that demanded immense discipline and patience. However, despite this effort, the match finished in a draw.

The fans went berserk on Twitter after Rahim's century and congratulated him and Liton Das for their wonderful batting display. They termed Mushfiqur 'The man for the crisis' and 'Mr. Dependable' amongst other things and wanted him to continue with the wonderful run of form going ahead as well.

Here are some interesting reactions on Twitter after Mushfiqur Rahim's century:

Congratulations to Mushfiqur Rahim for a brilliant century against Sri Lanka in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test! #BCB #Cricket #BANvSL https://t.co/LhKraJzs1J
Another Test century for Mushfiqur Rahim 🙌#WTC23 | #BANvSL | bit.ly/BANvSL-2ndTest https://t.co/CmTW7qrCAF
Congratulations to Liton Das & Mushfiqur Rahim for a brilliant century against Sri Lanka in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test! #LitonDas #MushfiqurRahim https://t.co/uPNzhz5HNx
The man of crisis 👊Back-to-back hundreds for the 🇧🇩 little master, Mushfiqur Rahim as he negates Sri Lanka’s attack with class 👌👏#CricketTwitter #BANvSL #MushfiqurRahim https://t.co/7XT3GAjFrR
🏏🏏🙏Alhamdulillah⭐ Mushfiqur has scored his 9th #Test #Century against Sri Lanka in #Mirpur, #Dhaka, #Bangladesh.🏏🏏#BANvsSL #2ndTest#9thTestCentury#MushfiqurRahim https://t.co/dFIcg3cu4Y
congrats mushfiq...♥ back in form. just carry on.#mushfiqurrahim#BANvSL https://t.co/C7u82cSF72
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka 2nd TestBangers1/02/63/164/245/24That's quite a poor start.Now...5/265Mushfiqur Rahim 112Litton Das 128That is really quite an epic recovery.
OH YES!!! Back to back Test hundred for Mushfiqur Rahim and this time even a more dominating one. And the story of Mushfiqur toying around Sri Lanka continues… 😍❤️ https://t.co/rcGSUwgzSM
It should be remembered that his name is Mr. Dependable 💥💥another century 💥Mushfiqur Rahim Back to back hundreds #BANvSL https://t.co/VbQpi53m6b
Bangladesh was 24 for 5, then Mushfiqur Rahim showed his class and scored hundred from 218 balls - back to back hundreds in this series. Mr Dependable of Bangladesh. Take a bow, Mushi. https://t.co/T63PSdtoYI

A stunning turnaround from Bangladesh. They were 24-5 after choosing to bat first against Sri Lanka, but centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim and Litton Das mean the hosts are currently 249-5.#BANvSL

Sri Lanka bowlers fail to capitalise on a dream start

After being asked to bowl first, the visitors had everything working in their favour as they ripped through Bangladesh's top order within the first 30 minutes of play.

Kasun Rajitha provided the team with a breakthrough right off the second ball of the day when he bamboozled the stumps of Mahmudul Hasan Joy. Asitha Fernando sent Tamim Iqbal back to the pavilion in the next over of a duck, bringing the home team down to 6/2.

Skipper Mominul Haque was dismissed on the first ball of the sixth over by Fernando while Rajitha dismissed both Najmul Hossain Shanton and Shakib Al Hasan on the fourth and fifth balls, respectively of the seventh over.

At this stage, Sri Lanka failed to capitalise on the start. Some gritty batting from Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das has taken Bangladesh's score to 277/5 at the time of writing this piece. While the former is unbeaten on 115, the latter is batting on 135.

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