Bangladesh cricket star Mustafizur Rahman, the 20-year-old pace bowling sensation, continues his rapid rise to world superstardom in an Indian Premier League match that will stream live on Saturday, with “The Fizz” leading Sunrisers Hyderabad against the batting powerhouse Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The match, a home game for Hyderabad, will be the second of the IPL season pitting Sunrisers against RCB. In the fourth match of the tournament, Bangalore posted a 45-run victory. But Mustafizur claimed a pair of wickets in his four overs, including a dismissal of South African batting giant A.B. de Villiers.
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) April 24, 2016
In his debut IPL season, the young Bangladesh cricket star has claimed seven wickets in 22 overs across six matches, tying him for fourth among all bowlers in the 2016 IPL.
But Mustafizur’s sparkling economy rate of 6.18 is tops in the league so far this year, among all bowlers with at least six overs. And in the high-scoring, free swinging IPL, the Bangladesh star is one of only nine bowlers to record a maiden over. Dhawal Kulkarni of the Gujarat Lions has two maiden overs to his name, the only bowler with that many so far.
Watch the first and only maiden over bowled by Mustafizur Rahman for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2016 IPL campaign, in the video below.
To find out how to stream the Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore match live online, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. First ball is scheduled for 8 p.m. India Standard Time at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, India, on Saturday, April 30. For fans in the United States, the live stream gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, 7:30 a.m. Pacific.
While Bangladesh cricket fans have been astonished by the feats of Mustafizur Rahman for the past year — he celebrated his one-year anniversary in international cricket on April 24 — with his tour of duty in the high-profile Indian Premier League, Mustafizur has quickly become one of the best-known bowlers in the world, garnering praise from renowned international stars including his team’s captain, Australia batsman David Warner.
— Raju Mazumder (@rajumazumder) April 28, 2016
And opponents have taken notice as well.
“Mustafizur has got the skill set, X-factor Wasim Akram had. I wouldn’t say Mustafizur is swinging as much as Akram did but it is fantastic to see him bowl,” said South Africa great fast bowler Dale Steyn, who is on the roster of the Gujarat Lions this year.
“Every year somebody comes up, somebody steps up. At the World Cup, last year, we had Trent Boult and Mitchell Starc who came out and did something different. Now we have got Mustafizur from Bangladesh,” Steyn continued in an interview this week. “We are so used to right arm bowlers who bowl quick and also bowl off-cutters to surprise batsmen. Now this guy is a left-armer and his cutters and pace changes are things that nobody has seen before.”
But Mustafizur himself has taken his sudden stardom in stride. He claims not even to watch cricket on television.
“I don’t even see my own matches. I have been like this since childhood. I don’t know why I am like this, I just don’t like it probably,” he told The Deccan Chronicle on Tuesday. “I just do my bit and don’t look into anything else. I am glad I am able to provide happiness to people through my bowling but most importantly, the fact that I am able to do something for my country makes me feel good.”
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The India-based site CricHD will stream the IPL showdown between Bangladesh star Mustafizur Rahman and Sunrisers Hyderabad as they take on the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore live online at this link. But viewers should be aware that the site carries large amounts of both pop-up and embedded ads that could cause browser crashes and other online slowdowns. For the most reliable live online stream of the Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore Indian Premier League 27th match, cricket fans can go to this link to subscribe to and watch all 60 IPL 2016 matches for $29.99 via ESPN Cricket Pass. The one-time price also includes unlimited on-demand replays of each Indian Premier League Season Nine matches. Viewers in India can find the Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore match live stream via the Star Sports site at this link, while Cricket Gateway also carries the entire 2016 IPL in 155 countries outside of the United States, India, and Europe.
[Featured Photo via Board of Control for Cricket in India]