Bangladesh Tri-Nation T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date & Time: 13 September 2019
RR: 8.37 | Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 3 wickets
Right! Bangladesh grab the first points in the tri-series. Afghanistan take on Zimbabwe to make their first entry in this series. The timing is the same, 6.30 pm local (1230 GMT) and so is the venue - Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka. Do join us. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Bangladesh skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, is all smiles. Agrees that Bangladesh can take a lot of confidence from this win, especially as the team was going through a lot of tough times. Hopes that Afif and Mosaddek continue their form in the next game. Wants to keep this momentum going as they are facing another difficult opponent in Afghanistan in their next match.
AFIF HOSSAIN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On his thought process when his team was 6 down, Afif says that he was only looking to play positive cricket as he got a rare opportunity to feature for his country. Admits that he felt that he was timing the ball really well. On his stand with Mosaddek, Afif says that he received good support from the other Hossain and they enjoyed batting together.
Zimbabwe captain, Hamilton Masakadza, says that Zimbabwe were right in the game taking early wickets but then lost their way. On the partnership between Burl and Mutombodzi, Hamilton praises the duo, especially Burl, getting some runs in the bank for the visiting side.
Earlier in the game, Bangladesh themselves had Zimbabwe at 63/5 but then a whirlwind 81-run stand for the 6th wicket between Burl and Mutombodzi got the visitors to a competitive total. That was so close to being match-winning as well. Stay tuned for the presentation...
Zimbabwe started well with the ball, with Sean Williams and Kyle Jarvis troubling the batsmen. Then Chatara, Burl and Madziva did their bit but all of these started to lose way once the Hossains attacked. Had they hung on to their catches or even been a bit better in the field, who knows, they might have pulled off a win.
With their backs to the wall, Mosaddek and Afif played counter-attacking cricket. Zimbabwe had no answer and sloppiness started to creep into their game. Misfields, dropped catches, poor lines and lengths, everything started going the hosts' way and the two Hossains looked unstoppable in an 82-run stand of just 47 balls. Afif played a blinder and scored a 24-ball fifty, the joint second fastest for Bangladesh in T20Is.
145 was never meant to trouble the hosts but it did. Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar started well, adding 26 in 3 overs but then, the former's wicket changed proceedings. Bangladesh slipped from 26/0 to 60/6 in the span of 40 balls and at that stage, it looked like Zimbabwe had the game in the bag. But no. In came the two Hossains.
Whoa. A thriller. Who saw that coming? Not many. Or did any? Bangladesh were expected to win this contest and they did. But not without huffing and puffing.
Mohammad Saifuddin walks out for the final rites.
Neville Madziva to bowl the last over. Or the last ball. Who knows? Is a six in the offing?
Tendai Chatara to bowl now. Will this be the final over of the match? 3-0-22-2 so far.
Kyle Jarvis returns. 3-0-18-2 so far. Can he end his spell well?
Has Williams struck first ball? 'Go for the review, mate, go for the review' he mouths towards his captain. It is against a caught behind decision. He reckons Mosaddek is gone. There was a noise. Here comes Ultra Edge. Shocker. NOTHING! What was the noise then?
Sean Williams is back on. 2-0-23-0 so far.
Neville Madziva returns. 2-0-13-1 so far.
Tendai Chatara is back on. 2-0-14-2 so far.
Ryan Burl gets a change of ends. 2-0-11-1 so far.
Prash the rash - 'Who is this Afif? What a talented cricketer! I tell you, he will be the next Shakib.'
Sean Williams into the attack.
Afif Hossain is the new man in.
Mosaddek Hossain is the new man in.
Mahmudullah is adjudged LBW! He takes the review immediately. Is the ball pitched outside leg? Seems pretty adjacent.
Neville Madziva into the attack.
Ryan Burl to bowl his leggies.
Sabbir Rahman walks in at number six!
Mahmudullah is the new man in!
Mushfiqur Rahim comes into bat.
Shakib Al Hasan comes in at number 3.
Free Hit coming up...
Tendai Chatara is into the attack.
Kyle Jarvis to bowl from the other end.
The players are back out on the field. Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar are the openers for Bangladesh. Sean Williams will start the proceedings for the visitors.