With his 169-run knock against New Zealand, Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record.


On Wednesday (December 20), New Zealand defeated Bangladesh in the second of three one-day internationals (ODIs) by easily chasing down 292 runs. Many praised Soumya Sarkar’s 169-run knock, but how did he beat Tendulkar’s record?

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Soumya Sarkar and Sachin Tendulkar. (Pics Credit: Getty Images)

 

Sarkar scored 169 runs off 151 balls with 22 fours and two sixes, but Bangladesh lost the match by seven wickets. Subsequently, the visiting team lost the series 0-2.

After a long absence, Bangladesh batter Soumya Sarkar has returned to the national team in ODIs. But, in just two games, he has made his comeback unforgettable, scoring 169 runs in the second ODI against New Zealand in the ongoing series. During his record-breaking innings, he hit 22 fours and two sixes to help Bangladesh score 291 runs.

Sarkar’s 169 is the best score from a subcontinent country in ODIs in New Zealand, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar‘s 163 against the Kiwis in Christchurch in 2009. Before being injured, he had scored those runs off 133 balls with 16 fours and five sixes. Furthermore, his performance helped India to 392 runs in 50 overs, and the men in blue went on to win the match by 58 runs.

“I’m pleased with my hundred, but I’m disappointed that we lost.” “It would have been more special if we had won,” Sarkar was reported as saying during the post-match presentation ceremony.

After Bangladesh were reduced to 80 for four in 16.5 overs, Soumya and Mushfiqur Rahim put on 91 runs for the fifth wicket. After being given the opportunity to bat first, Bangladesh lost three fast wickets in Anamul Haque Bijoy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, and Litton Das, all of whom failed to reach double figures.

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