Bangladesh have leveled India in the points table of Group 2 by defeating Zimbabwe in a thrilling encounter. With this win, Bangladesh also has 4 points, but due to poor net run rate from India, they are at second place. Batting first in this match, Bangladesh had set a target of 151 runs in front of Zimbabwe. In front of this score, Zimbabwe’s entire team could score only 147 runs and Bangladesh won the match by 3 runs.
Chasing the target of 151 runs, Zimbabwe had a very poor start. Wesley Madhevere 4 and Craig Ervine returned to the pavilion after scoring 8 runs. Both the batsmen were dismissed by Taskin Ahmed. At the same time, Mustafizur then made the in-form Sikandar Raza (0) his victim with Milton Shumba (8) in the last over of the powerplay. Zimbabwe’s fifth blow came in the form of Regis Chakabwa on the score of 69, who was made his third victim by Taskin on a personal score of 15. Shaun Williams then took the team to victory with a half-century partnership with Ryan Burle, but he was run out after scoring 64 runs in the 19th over.
A strange incident happened on the last ball of Zimbabwe’s innings. Zimbabwe needed 5 runs to win, Blessing Mujarabani tried to play a big shot but could not connect the ball. It seemed that the match was over here and all the players started returning to the pavilion. Then the third umpire in replays found that wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan had caught the ball before the wicket, due to which it was declared a no-ball. In such a situation, all the players had to come back on the field for the last ball. However, this resulted in just one run as Mujrabani could not connect the ball with the bat even on the last ball.
Talking about Bangladesh’s innings, the team managed to reach the score of 150 for the loss of 7 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs on the basis of Najmul Hossain Shanto’s first T20 International fifty. Shanto played a brilliant innings of 71 runs in 55 balls with the help of 7 fours and 1 six. Apart from him, Shakib Al Hasan scored 23 and Afif Hossain scored 29 runs. Richard Nagarwa and Blessing Mujarbani got 2-2 wickets for Zimbabwe during this period.