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July 19, 2012
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 DhakaFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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