Bangladesh secured a thrilling 3-run victory over Zimbabwe in the Super Twelve of the T20 World Cup 2022 on Sunday (October 30). With this victory, the Tigers still keep their hopes of the semi-finals alive.
A huge drama happened in the last over. Zimbabwe needed 16 runs in the last over to win. Tiger captain Shakib Al Hasan gave the ball to Mosaddek Hossain. Brad Evans and Ryan Burl were batting. He gave 1 run in the first ball. Evans went for a six off the second ball. But standing on the boundary line, Afif Hossain caught the ball. As a result, Zimbabwe needed 15 runs off 4 balls.
The ball went for a boundary hitting Ngarava’s thigh. He hit a six off the fourth ball. Zimbabwe needed 5 runs from 2 balls. Ngarava missed while trying to play the fifth ball after coming down the wicket. Wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan did not delay at all to break the stump as soon as he grabbed the ball. As a result, 5 runs were required from the last ball.
Blessing Muzarabani, the new batsman at the wicket, left the crease and tried to play the ball hard. But he missed the ball. Wicketkeeper Nurul did a stumping again. At the same time, the Bangladesh team was celebrating the victory. The cricketers of the Bangladesh and Zimbabwe teams were leaving the field shaking hands. The drama started then.
The name of the winners hasn’t been yet announced on the big screen of The Gabba. There, the picture of Muzarabani’s stumping was displayed again and again. After watching it two or three times it became clear. Nurul gloved the ball before it crossed the stumps. According to the rules, the ball must be caught after crossing the stumps. ‘No Ball’ appeared on the big screen. The cricketers of both teams came back to the field after the umpire Marais Erasmus signed for a Free Hit.
But Muzarabani could not put the ball on the bat in the last ball. Nurul waited for a while. Then broke the stump. At the same time, Bangladesh started celebrating the second round of victory.
Everyone in Brisbane has seen the Taskin and Mustafiz show before. Taskin and Mustafiz’s bowling disorientated Zimbabwe. In the third ball of the first over of the innings, Wesley Madhevere (4) gave away a catch on a short ball outside the off stump. Mustafiz caught it. Taskin took a wicket again in his next over. Skipper Craig Ervine was caught on a length ball to the wicketkeeper. He returned with 8 runs.
Then Mustafiz picked up Milton Shumba (8) first in his first over. Then the cutter master put Zimbabwe under great pressure by dismissing Sikandar Raza. Taskin picked up his third wicket by sending back Regis Chakabva. He scored 15 runs.
But then Sean Williams and Burl took the lead of the team. Their 63-run stand was leading Zimbabwe to victory. But Williams was run out by Shakib’s over. He scored 64 off 42 balls with 8 boundaries. After that, the match went to Bangladesh. In the end, after various dramas, Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by 3 runs.
For Bangladesh, Taskin Ahmed scalped the highest number of 3 wickets with 19 runs including 1 maiden in 4 overs. Which is his second career-best bowling figure in T20Is. Along with that, Taskin was also selected as the player of the match. On the other hand, pacer Mustafizur Rahman picked up 2 wickets with just 15 runs in 4 overs. Besides, Mosaddek Hossain got 2 wickets.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and batted first to put up a challenging collection against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh collected 150 runs after losing 7 wickets in the stipulated over based on Najmul Hossain’s magnificent fifty. He played an innings of 71 runs off 55 balls with 7 fours and 1 six.
In the beginning, the opening pair of Soumya Sarkar and Najmul did not shine this time either. In the second over of the match, Muzarabani broke their 10-run partnership. After that, Najmul was moving forward with Liton Das. However, Bangladesh’s current best batsman Liton also got out after scoring 14 runs off 12 balls. Liton found an edge of the bat while trying to scoop the ball back off Muzarabani, which was caught by Tendai Chatara.
After that, the world’s best all-rounder Shakib tried to take the helm of the team after coming down to batting. He continued to progress well with a partnership of 54 runs with Najmul. However, Shakib (23) returned to the pavilion after giving a catch on the first over by Williams. But after some time, Najmul also went back to the dressing room.
Relying on Afif Hossain’s cameo innings of 29 runs from 19 balls towards the end, Bangladesh managed to post a fighting score of 150 runs. Muzarabani and Ngarava took two wickets each for Zimbabwe. Besides, Williams and Raza took one wicket each.
Bangladesh – 150/7 (20.0)
Zimbabwe – 147/8 (20.0)
Result – Bangladesh won by 3 runs
Player of the match – Taskin Ahmed
BAN vs ZIM Playing XIs
|BAN||Shakib Al Hasan (c), Nurul Hasan (wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das, Afif Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Yasir Ali, Hasan Mahmud, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, and Taskin Ahmed.|
|ZIM||Craig Ervine (c), Regis Chakabva (wk), Milton Shumba, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Brad Evans, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, and Richard Ngarava.|