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Henriques finds difference between Mustafiz and IPL ‘Fizz’


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In the second T20 of the five-match series, Australia lost to Bangladesh by 5 wickets in Mirpur Wednesday. Mustafizur Rahman's slower helped to break down the Aussies batting order and restricted them to 121 as he grabbed three vital wickets for just 23 runs.

Mustafiz was praised by Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques as he said the cutter master does not bowl like that in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Henriques deems ‘The Fizz’, who plays for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL, bowled every delivery slower in the match and used the condition properly.  

“I think tonight Mustafiz showed how quickly he adapts. I think he bowled 24 slow bowls tonight and did not bowl any ball with pace. And he doesn't do that when he plays in the IPL, he bowls probably half-half (with slower and pace) in IPL,” Henriques said in the virtual post-match press conference.

Josh Philippe was utterly stumped by a short delivery from Mustafiz, that held in the surface and dropped slowly under the bat, to the point that Philippe could practically turn and see it take leg stump.

Later in the innings, he broke Matthew Wade's leg stump, and he was on his way to a hat-trick when the next delivery spat at Ashton Agar and got the glove.

Punjab Kings star Henriques appreciated Tiger pacer in the press conference as he referred that they have to find a way as soon as possible to tackle him and put a higher total in the remaining matches.

“He just completely summed up the conditions really well tonight and credit to him. Obviously, his slower is revolutionary. His slow balls even on a good wicket are hard to play. So we have to find a way as soon as possible to combat that and try to get as many runs as possible” he added.

Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques also lauded Mustafiz, saying the cutter master does not bowl like that in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Mustafizur played a vital role in the first T20I as he scalped two wickets for just 16 runs in four overs.