Bangladesh Cricketer Soumya Sarkar Smashes Sachin Tendulkar’s Record

  • Sarkar scores a brilliant 169 runs, surpassing Tendulkar’s 14-year-old record
  • The knock helps Bangladesh post a challenging total of 291 on the board

Nelson, New Zealand, 20 December 2023: Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar etched his name in the record books with a magnificent 169-run knock in the second ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday. Sarkar’s knock not only helped Bangladesh post a challenging total of 291 but also saw him surpass legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s 14-year-old record for the highest ODI score by a subcontinent player in New Zealand.

Sarkar’s Innings Highlights:

  • Sarkar’s 169 came off 151 balls at a strike rate of 111.92, showcasing his aggressive intent.
  • He smashed 22 boundaries and 2 sixes, punishing the Kiwi bowlers throughout his innings.
  • His knock was the lone bright spot for Bangladesh in the first innings, with no other batsmen crossing the 50-run mark.
  • Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim provided some support with a 45-run knock, but it was Sarkar’s brilliance that took Bangladesh to a respectable total.

Sachin Tendulkar’s Record Surpassed:

  • Sarkar’s 169 surpassed Tendulkar’s 163* scored against New Zealand in Christchurch in 2009.
  • This achievement highlights Sarkar’s talent and potential, placing him among the best ODI batsmen from the subcontinent.

Current Match Situation:

  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first, a decision that backfired due to Sarkar’s heroics.
  • Despite Sarkar’s knock, Bangladesh were eventually bowled out for 291, setting New Zealand a target of 292 to win.
  • The outcome of the match is still hanging in the balance, with New Zealand’s chase currently underway.

Sarkar’s performance has not only given Bangladesh a fighting chance in the match but has also announced his arrival on the international stage in style. His record-breaking knock will be remembered for years to come, reminding everyone of the immense talent he possesses.

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