Mustafizur Rahman, the 20-year-old Bangladesh cricket pace bowling sensation, leads his Indian Premier League side, Sunrisers Hyderabad, in a crucial match that will stream live online Friday — with the Sunrisers hosting the powerhouse Gujarat Lions as the Hyderabad “Orange Army” attempt to break into the top four on the IPL table.
With seven games remaining on their schedule, Sunrisers sit in fifth position with eight points. A win on Friday over Gujarat would bump them into fourth — the final playoff qualification spot — ahead of defending champion Mumbai Indians on net run rate.
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Sunrisers won only seven matches while losing seven in last year’s IPL to finish sixth, out of the playoff hunt. But while the team’s batting attack remains questionable — relying heavily on opener and Captain David Warner — the team’s renewed success so far owes to a stepped-up bowling corps in which Mustafizur Rahman, one of only two Bangladesh players in the 2016 IPL, has been the star.
Bangladesh fans have followed “The Fizz” since his sensational international debut last year, but his standout performance in the 2016 IPL — earning him a new nickname, “The Magician” — has brought Mustafizur to international stardom.
Watch a video of “The Magician” Mustafizur Rahman in action, below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of Mustafizur Rahman leading Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Gujarat Lions, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. The match id scheduled to get underway at 8 p.m. India Standard Time at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, India, on Friday, May 6.
For fans in the United States, the live stream will go online at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 7:30 a.m. Pacific.
Mustafizur, who hails from the small shrimp farming village of Tetulia in southwest Bangladesh, has taken his newfound fame in stride, saying that his greatest pride comes from the joy he brings to his countrymen — especially in his hometown, where villagers gather to watch his matches on big-screen projection TV sets supplied by Mustafizur’s brother, Mokhlesur.
“I always wish for my country to stand tall, not only in cricket but any sport,” Mustafizur told the French Press Agency AFP in an interview this week. “It feels very good. People, my friends come up to me and say: ‘We’re going to watch you play today’ or ‘Oh, we saw you play!’ — it feels really great to hear such things.”
It was Mokhlesur who carried his brother on the back of a bicycle to practice in the nearby town of Satkhira, starting when the future “Magician” was just 12 years old.
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Now, eight years later, Mustafizur has compiled the second-best economy rate of any bowler in the T20 format of cricket over the past year, ranked behind only elite West Indies spinner Sunil Narine.
“The Fizz” has taken eight wickets so far in the 2016 IPL, but among them have been some of the top batsmen in world cricket, including India’s Virat Kohli, South Africa superstar A.B. de Villiers, West Indies power hitter Andre “Superman” Russell and Australia veteran Shane Watson.
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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 powerhouse Gujarat Lions 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. Gujarat Lions Indian Premier League 34th 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. Gujarat Lions 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]