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

Elias Sunny's unique record


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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  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    sunny future ahead!! Go ahead bangla brigade!

  • Noman 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!

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 6:54 GMT

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

  • Shahidullah on July 20, 2012, 5:36 GMT

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

  • KH. RAFIQUE on July 20, 2012, 2:12 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    congrateds bangladesh team

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 18:00 GMT

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

  • mia on July 19, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Fantastic performance. Please make this a habit..

  • M.G. on July 19, 2012, 17:09 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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

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