SUNDAY’S action in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup saw a dramatic finish between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, with the latter holding on for a tense three-run triumph at The Gabba.
The last over was one of the most remarkable patches we have seen at the tournament, with a six-ball spell seeing the match result thrown into chaos, even after the players had left the field.
The victory took Bangladesh to four points in group two, but the job is far from done with India and Pakistan on its fixture to close out the tournament.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe’s loss makes their finals quest all the more difficult, sitting on just three points and still to face some stiff competition.
Bangladesh (7/150) def. Zimbabwe (8/147)
Bangladesh headed out to bat first, and were well placed thanks to the efforts of opener Najmul Shanto, who produced his best performance at the level in the opening innings. He reached a half-century for the first time in his career, and made his way to 71 from 55 deliveries before finally being dismissed. It set the tone for his side, who overcame a less than ideal strike rate to finish their innings on 150, with Afif Hossain also playing a key role in the middle order with 29 runs coming from just 19 balls.
Things did not look good for Zimbabwe to start their innings at the crease, with their opening three batsmen combining for just 20 runs, as the Bangladesh quicks ripped through the top order. Thankfully, Sean Williams came to the rescue once again with a composed and damaging knock at four. He finished with 64 runs from 42 deliveries, and single-handedly dragged his side back into the contest, along with Ryan Burl (27 off 25).
Heading into the last over, Zimbabwe needed 16 runs, which would have been an unbelievable effort. The final six balls saw some thrilling action, with two wickets and a six coming from the over. It looked as if Bangladesh had won the game when Zimbabwe needed five to win from the last ball, and Blessing Muzarabani was stumped, and the players began to depart the field.
However, a review turned the game on its head when it found Bangladesh keeper Nurul Hasan had taken the ball in front of the stumps, making the final delivery a no ball, with Zimbabwe needing just four to win the game. However, Muzarabani missed the free hit, and the win was still sealed for Bangladesh in dramatic fashion.