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Old March 3, 2016, 12:51 PM
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Mahmudullah Riyad: A second coming

Mustafa Hamid

On March 2nd, 2016 Mahmudullah Riyad overcame the demons of his past and took Bangladesh to the Asia Cup final. He played an exquisite cover drive for six off Mohammed Irfan, remained calm after the departure of Shakib Al Hasan, squeezed an almost yorker from Sami for a crucial boundary and then deservedly scored the winning runs two balls later. The joyous celebration followed and he slid in the green turf of Mirpur with open arms. He had conquered the demons of his past and redeemed himself in a sensational manner against the same opponent. After the game, he himself alluded to the fact and said the match reminded him of the heart breaking 2012 Asia cup final. It was an unbelievable scene but to the most observant fans it felt only inevitable. The dramatic finish of March 2nd 2016 and the transformation of the man began almost a year ago during another crucial match. This is the story of the second coming of Mahmudullah Riyad.
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