Ireland v Bangladesh, 1st Twenty20, Stormont July 19, 2012

Elias Sunny's unique record

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Elias Sunny, the Bangladesh left-arm spinner, has become the first player to be named Man of the Match on debut in two formats, after winning the award in the first Twenty20 against Ireland on Wednesday. Sunny was also the Man of the Match in his first Test, against West Indies last October.

Defending a total of 190 in the first T20 international in Belfast, Sunny picked up a career best haul of 5 for 13 - the third-best figures in T20 internationals - and became the first Bangladesh bowler to take a five-wicket haul in T20 internationals and only the seventh bowler overall.

Sunny's haul included a double-wicket maiden in his first over. He had Ed Joyce caught at the square-leg boundary and off the next ball, Niall O'Brien was stumped by captain Mushfiqur Rahim. After picking up the wickets of John Mooney and Alex Cusack, Sunny completed the five-for with the wicket of Trent Johnston.

Sunny is also the third bowler to take five or more wickets on debut in two different formats. Former Australia fast bowler Tony Dodemaide and West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards had done so in Tests and ODIs. (The list also includes former Australian swing bowler Bob Massie and former Indian legspinner Narendra Hirwani who took two five-wicket hauls on Test debut.)

Sunny has so far only played a total of six international games including three Tests and two ODIs, though his debut in one-day cricket wasn't as auspicious - 1 for 46 against Pakistan.

Sunny made his Test debut after picking up 203 wickets in seven years of first-class cricket - the most for a Bangladesh bowler before a Test debut.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • on July 20, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    sunny future ahead!! Go ahead bangla brigade!

  • Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on July 20, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    'Defending a total of 190 in the first T20 international in Belfast, Sunny picked up a career best haul of 5 for 13' - Dude it was his debut, any haul, even 1-50 would have been career best; and if you wanted to say career best including domestic t20s, then you should have mentioned it. Cheers!

  • on July 20, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    left arm spin trio S-R-S (shak,raz,sun) ... go guyz

  • S.S.Sagar on July 20, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    AweSomee! But, Alternative of SHAKIB??! Haha.. Never. :)

  • Rafelgibt on July 20, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Well done SUNNY............Plz dont be over complaisant.........Still a long way to go......ROAR TIGER ROAR>>>>>>>>

  • on July 19, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    congrateds bangladesh team

  • on July 19, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    nice to see that lots of Bangladeshi player are now positively contributing in cricket world records ............

  • Barmybanglaarmy on July 19, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Fantastic performance. Please make this a habit..

  • i_amVIVA on July 19, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Some sunny future for BD cricket. Congrats to ES... Way to go Tiger

  • on July 19, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Waiting for Saqline Mustaqe.. Thn,, d world know d sharpness of this spin trio of Bd,,IN-Sha-ALLAH

  • on July 20, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    sunny future ahead!! Go ahead bangla brigade!

  • Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on July 20, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    'Defending a total of 190 in the first T20 international in Belfast, Sunny picked up a career best haul of 5 for 13' - Dude it was his debut, any haul, even 1-50 would have been career best; and if you wanted to say career best including domestic t20s, then you should have mentioned it. Cheers!

  • on July 20, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    left arm spin trio S-R-S (shak,raz,sun) ... go guyz

  • S.S.Sagar on July 20, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    AweSomee! But, Alternative of SHAKIB??! Haha.. Never. :)

  • Rafelgibt on July 20, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Well done SUNNY............Plz dont be over complaisant.........Still a long way to go......ROAR TIGER ROAR>>>>>>>>

  • on July 19, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    congrateds bangladesh team

  • on July 19, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    nice to see that lots of Bangladeshi player are now positively contributing in cricket world records ............

  • Barmybanglaarmy on July 19, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Fantastic performance. Please make this a habit..

  • i_amVIVA on July 19, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Some sunny future for BD cricket. Congrats to ES... Way to go Tiger

  • on July 19, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Waiting for Saqline Mustaqe.. Thn,, d world know d sharpness of this spin trio of Bd,,IN-Sha-ALLAH

  • on July 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Hats Off @sun_elias Hope he will bring more fame & pride for us

  • Sinhaya on July 19, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Hope Bangladesh keeps improving. Best wishes from a Sri Lankan fan.

  • on July 19, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    best of luck sunny ... ...

  • on July 19, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Another Bengal Tiger is coming up, another star is making in the world cricket scenario! so watch out the cricket nations !!!

  • on July 19, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Also no surprises about Sunny talent because he on debut in tests achieved 7 wickets plus was the joint highest wicket taker in BPL. The spin isn't a problem in Bangladesh but fast bowling is what needs to be sorted out...

  • cricket_expart on July 19, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    best of luck for future. Hope u will b true spin legend in world

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Bangladesh clearly have the best left arm spin attack in the world but I still believe Mohammad Rafique was a class of his own. Also I love the fact that Bangladesh Cricket Team are breaking and creating world records.

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    sunny is going to be a rising star of bangladesh... a bossssss...

  • Bijit_BD on July 19, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    This is also the best bowling figure of a debutent in T20 international ! Warm congratulations Sunny.

  • Breaking_Point on July 19, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Now that's a talent waiting to explode!! The only BD player to play first class cricket for that long before making his debut!! -->SHAKIB,RAZZAK,SUNNY<-- that's the best LEFT arm spining trio currently & the trio can become the best if they continue to bowl in this way!!!

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Wel done..... sunny. Best of luck in future.

  • RK204 on July 19, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    this is only the beginning.........like sunny lots of players are coming ...just wait & see.........inshallah

  • Udendra on July 19, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Nagenahira will benefit from Sunny in the SLPL.

  • on July 19, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    He is enjoying the sunny side of life after a prolonged cloud over his head for many years :) .. Light up our world Sunny.

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  • on July 19, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    He is enjoying the sunny side of life after a prolonged cloud over his head for many years :) .. Light up our world Sunny.

  • Udendra on July 19, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Nagenahira will benefit from Sunny in the SLPL.

  • RK204 on July 19, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    this is only the beginning.........like sunny lots of players are coming ...just wait & see.........inshallah

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Wel done..... sunny. Best of luck in future.

  • Breaking_Point on July 19, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Now that's a talent waiting to explode!! The only BD player to play first class cricket for that long before making his debut!! -->SHAKIB,RAZZAK,SUNNY<-- that's the best LEFT arm spining trio currently & the trio can become the best if they continue to bowl in this way!!!

  • Bijit_BD on July 19, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    This is also the best bowling figure of a debutent in T20 international ! Warm congratulations Sunny.

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    sunny is going to be a rising star of bangladesh... a bossssss...

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Bangladesh clearly have the best left arm spin attack in the world but I still believe Mohammad Rafique was a class of his own. Also I love the fact that Bangladesh Cricket Team are breaking and creating world records.

  • cricket_expart on July 19, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    best of luck for future. Hope u will b true spin legend in world

  • on July 19, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Also no surprises about Sunny talent because he on debut in tests achieved 7 wickets plus was the joint highest wicket taker in BPL. The spin isn't a problem in Bangladesh but fast bowling is what needs to be sorted out...