Bangladesh Tri-Nation T20I Series, 2019

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe - Match 1

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Date & Time: 13 September 2019

Bangladesh 148/7

RR: 8.37 | Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 3 wickets

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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.

17.4
4
N Madziva to M Saifuddin, FOUR! VICTORY! A length ball outside off, the cutter, Saifuddin swings this over mid-wicket for the winning boundary! The moment he hits that shot, he runs towards the dugout in celebration. BANGLADESH WIN BY 3 WICKETS AND 2 BALLS TO SPARE!
17.3
2
N Madziva to M Saifuddin, Full and outside off, Saifuddin looks to go over mid off, miscues it but hits it well enough to clear the fielder running back. Two runs taken and that LEVELS the scores.

Mohammad Saifuddin walks out for the final rites.

17.2
0
N Madziva to A Hossain, OUT! Caught! Oh wow. Where has this come from? Nowhere. A full toss, outside off, Afif looks to smash it through the off side but finds short extra cover. Hamilton Masakadza takes a stinger and barely reacts. Then we understand that it is a catch! Well played, Afif. The entire Bangladeshi dugout stands up to applaud the effort.
17.1
2
N Madziva to A Hossain, Just 3 more to win. A short ball, down the leg side, Afif pulls it through mid-wicket, calls for two and charges back for the second.

Neville Madziva to bowl the last over. Or the last ball. Who knows? Is a six in the offing?

16.6
1
T Chatara to A Hossain, HALF CENTURY FOR AFIF! What a wonderful innings. A full toss outside off, Hossain punches this through the covers and sets off for a single. Mosaddek gives up halfway and is gone for all money but the throw misses the stumps at the striker's end. The helmet comes off for Afif and he thanks the heavens. A wonderful match-winning knock.
16.5
2
T Chatara to A Hossain, RUN OUT MISSED! May not have mattered but this is schoolboy stuff. Around off, Hossain comes down the track and hits it down the ground. He wants the second as long off is a bit slow to get to the ball but Mosaddek takes off late. The throw comes in to Chatara who is in a good position to remove the bails but he misses the ball and hits the stumps with his hands instead!
16.4
4
T Chatara to A Hossain, FOUR! WHACK! A length ball, on middle, Afif comes down the track and hammers it down the ground for a boundary! 8 more needed now.
16.3
1
T Chatara to M Hossain, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for one.
16.2
1
T Chatara to A Hossain, A length ball, around middle, Afif comes down the track and hammers it straight back over the bowler's head for a run.
16.1
1
T Chatara to M Hossain, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.

Tendai Chatara to bowl now. Will this be the final over of the match? 3-0-22-2 so far.

15.6
4
K Jarvis to A Hossain, FOUR! Extension of cheekiness! A length ball, down the leg side, Afif gets down and across and paddles it over short fine leg for consecutive boundaries!
15.5
4
K Jarvis to A Hossain, FOUR! Cheeky! A length ball, around middle, Afif sways down and ramps it over the keeper to the third man fence!
15.4
1
K Jarvis to M Hossain, Jumps down the track and powers this down the ground for a run.
15.3
0
K Jarvis to M Hossain, A short ball, down the leg side, Mosaddek looks to hook but misses.
15.2
1
K Jarvis to A Hossain, The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single.
15.1
3
K Jarvis to M Hossain, Outside off, dabbed towards short third man. The fielder runs to his left and slides but can only make a half-stop. What should have been just a single, becomes a triple.

Kyle Jarvis returns. 3-0-18-2 so far. Can he end his spell well?

14.6
4
S Williams to A Hossain, Good fielding, poor fielding, FOUR! What happened? No, it is alright. I am in my senses. Full and on middle, Afif drives this straight back down the ground. Long off got to his left and dived, parrying the ball towards Ryan Burl coming in from long on. But Burl was lazy to bend and the ball escaped to touch the ropes! Williams is not happy one bit and he lets his voice hoarse to let the fielders know.
14.5
0
S Williams to M Hossain, Full and outside leg, Mosaddek looks to play the reverse sweep but misses. The ball goes off the keeper's pads towards short fine leg. A bye taken.
14.4
2
S Williams to M Hossain, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a couple. Long on and mid-wicket interject, with the former sliding riding to his right.
14.3
1
S Williams to A Hossain, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
14.2
1
S Williams to M Hossain, Full and around middle, Hossain comes down the track and hammers it straight back. It hits the bat of the non-striker and loses pace. Deflects past the bowler who runs back to stop it. A run taken.
14.1
0
S Williams to M Hossain, NOT OUT. Nothing on the Ultra Edge. Absolutely nothing. There has to be something in my hearing ability that I heard something. What was it? Anyway. A quicker delivery outside off, Mosaddek went back to punch it through the off side but missed. There was a noise along with some extra bounce as the ball went past the outside edge. The keeper and bowler went up straightaway and when it was given not out, Williams immediately urged his skipper to go for the review. Sadly for him and his side, nothing on the Ultra Edge.

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.

13.6
0
N Madziva to A Hossain, Full and around off, AH jumps down the track but is not to the pitch of the ball.
13.5
1
N Madziva to M Hossain, On the pads, flicked away for one.
13.5
0
N Madziva to M Hossain, WIDE. Down the leg side, Mosaddek looks to flick but misses.
13.4
1
N Madziva to A Hossain, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
13.3
1
N Madziva to M Hossain, Landed outside off, steered through point for a single.
13.2
0
N Madziva to M Hossain, Action replay of the previous delivery.
13.1
0
N Madziva to M Hossain, A short ball outside off, Mosaddek looks to pull but is early into the shot. Misses.

Neville Madziva returns. 2-0-13-1 so far.

12.6
0
T Chatara to A Hossain, Full and around off, driven straight back to the bowler.
12.5
2
T Chatara to A Hossain, Excellent stop in the deep. Full and outside off, AH drives this through the covers and the ball races away. Tony Munyonga races to his left and dives full stretch to parry the ball away. Hamilton Masakadza runs back from cover and does the mopping up work. Two runs taken. The youngster is enjoying himself. Munyonga is all smiles as his captain runs all the way to pat his back.
12.4
0
T Chatara to A Hossain, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
12.3
1
T Chatara to M Hossain, Full and outside off, dabbed to third man for a run.
12.2
1
T Chatara to A Hossain, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
12.1
4
T Chatara to A Hossain, FOUR! Lucky boundary for Afif. A short ball, around middle, Hossain looks to pull but the ball bounces steeply and cramps him for room. Takes the top edge and runs over the keeper to the fine leg fence.

Tendai Chatara is back on. 2-0-14-2 so far.

11.6
1
R Burl to A Hossain, Full and around off, watchfully pushed towards cover for a quick single. 16 from the over, 31 in the last 2!
11.5
1
R Burl to M Hossain, Full and around middle, Mosaddek comes down the track and looks to go downtown but he is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Skews it towards mid on but there is no one there. A single taken to long on.
11.4
1
R Burl to A Hossain, Around middle, tucked through mid-wicket for a run.
11.3
1
R Burl to M Hossain, Sensible. Does not go for the hat-trick. Full and outside off, MH leans and pushes it towards point for a single.
11.2
6
R Burl to M Hossain, SIX! Two in two! Floated outside off, Hossain jumps out once again but this time targets another region. Goes over cover, skies it a bit too high but clears the fence!
11.1
6
R Burl to M Hossain, SIX! These two are dealing only in boundaries, aren't they? Full and outside off, Mosaddek comes down the track, gets to the track and sends it sailing over long on!

Ryan Burl gets a change of ends. 2-0-11-1 so far.

10.6
6
S Williams to A Hossain, SIX! High and handsome! Full and outside off, Afif comes down the track and slog sweeps it massively over mid-wicket! 15 from the over, momentum back with Bangladesh.
10.5
0
S Williams to A Hossain, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

Prash the rash - 'Who is this Afif? What a talented cricketer! I tell you, he will be the next Shakib.'

10.4
4
S Williams to A Hossain, FOUR! Excellent counter-attack! Comes down the track, does Afif again, takes it on the full and clobbers it wide of long on!
10.3
4
S Williams to A Hossain, FOUR! Full and outside off, Afif leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
10.2
1
S Williams to M Hossain, Full and outside off, hammered straight down the ground for a single.
10.1
0
S Williams to M Hossain, Full and outside off, Mosaddek comes down the track and swings hard but gets a thick outside edge to short third man.

Sean Williams into the attack.

9.6
0
N Madziva to A Hossain, Outside off, left alone.
9.5
4
N Madziva to A Hossain, FOUR! WALLOP! Full and outside off, Afif jumps down the track and hammers it straight back over the bowler for a boundary down the ground!
9.4
1
N Madziva to M Hossain, Full and outside off, driven down the ground for a single.

Afif Hossain is the new man in.

9.3
0
N Madziva to S Rahman, OUT! Is it a plane? No. Is it Superman? No. Is it Spiderman? Is it a bird? No, it is Burl. The name is Ryan Burl. Wow. Just wow. What a catch. The entire dugout of Zimbabwe has stood up as one to applaud, coach Lalchand Rajput happy to no end. Full and outside off, a touch wide, Sabbir reaches out to swing it over the on side and connects pretty well too. But the connection is not that great overall. Ryan Burl at deep mid-wicket jogs to his left, keeps his eyes on the ball and at the last moment, dives full stretch to take a stunner! Brilliant. Is this the last of the recognized batsmen? 85 more needed from 51 balls now.
9.2
1
N Madziva to M Hossain, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a run.
9.1
1
N Madziva to S Rahman, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
8.6
0
R Burl to M Hossain, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
8.5
1
R Burl to S Rahman, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
8.4
0
R Burl to S Rahman, Landed outside off, dabbed straight to short third man.
8.3
0
R Burl to S Rahman, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
8.2
1
R Burl to M Hossain, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.

Mosaddek Hossain is the new man in.

8.1
0
R Burl to Mahmudullah, OUT! LBW! Umpire's call it is and Mahmudullah is on his bike. Landed around leg, the skipper looked to tuck it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads. There is a loud appeal, the umpire takes his time and then raises his finger! Mahmudullah has a chat with his partner and then takes the review. Pitched in line and umpire's call is clipping the outer half of leg stump. Unlucky or lucky, depending on whose side you are.

Mahmudullah is adjudged LBW! He takes the review immediately. Is the ball pitched outside leg? Seems pretty adjacent.

7.6
0
N Madziva to S Rahman, A short ball, down the leg side, Sabbir misses out on the hook.
7.5
1
N Madziva to Mahmudullah, Landed outside off, dabbed to third man for a run.
7.4
0
N Madziva to Mahmudullah, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
7.4
0
N Madziva to Mahmudullah, WIDE. Another one down the leg side, flick shot missed.
7.3
0
N Madziva to Mahmudullah, Full and around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
7.2
4
N Madziva to Mahmudullah, FOUR! Nicely done! Landed outside off, Mahmudullah reaches out and guides this behind point. The ball races away and so does third man, to his right but in vain.
7.1
0
N Madziva to Mahmudullah, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.

Neville Madziva into the attack.

6.6
2
R Burl to S Rahman, TOP EDGE, DROPPED! Tough chance. And it is the debutant, Tony Munyonga. A short ball, outside off, Sabbir rocks back to pull but gets a top edge. The ball goes high in the air but dips in towards deep mid-wicket. Munyonga comes running in and dives. Gets to the ball but cannot quite hang on. A couple of runs taken.
6.5
1
R Burl to Mahmudullah, Another long hop, pulled through mid-wicket for one more.
6.4
1
R Burl to S Rahman, A short ball now, pulled through mid-wicket for one.
6.3
2
R Burl to S Rahman, Full and outside off, Rahman drives this through the covers. The fielder does well at the ropes to stop the boundary.
6.2
1
R Burl to Mahmudullah, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
6.1
1
R Burl to S Rahman, On middle and off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
6.1
0
R Burl to S Rahman, WIDE. Down the leg side, Sabbir misses his paddle.

Ryan Burl to bowl his leggies.

5.6
1
K Jarvis to S Rahman, Dropped short, pulled through mid-wicket for one more.
5.5
0
K Jarvis to S Rahman, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
5.4
1
K Jarvis to Mahmudullah, On middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
5.3
0
K Jarvis to Mahmudullah, LUCKY! A short ball outside off, Mahmudullah looks to tuck it to the leg side but there is an extra bounce on the ball. It shoots off the surface and takes the leading edge. The ball goes high in the air and three people go for it - the bowler, keeper and first slip. The ball lands safely.
5.2
1
K Jarvis to S Rahman, A short ball outside off, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
5.1
4
K Jarvis to S Rahman, FOUR! Nice shot. A short ball outside off, Sabbir pulls this through mid on. The fielder dives to his left but the ball goes through!
4.6
4
T Chatara to Mahmudullah, FOUR! Nicely played! Good length ball on middle, Mahmudullah flicks it nicely towards the square leg region for his first boundary.
4.5
0
T Chatara to Mahmudullah, Good length ball outside off, Mahmudullah leaves it alone.
4.4
1
T Chatara to S Rahman, Driven through mid on by the batsman. The fielder goes for a direct hit but misses the stumps. They pick up a single.

Sabbir Rahman walks in at number six!

4.3
0
T Chatara to Al Hasan, OUT! CAUGHT! Four down now Bangladesh and are staring down the barrel here. Full and outside off, Shakib looks to drive but the ball moves away a touch. The outside edge is induced and it goes straight to Hamilton Masakadza at first slip. Simple catch, although he slips a touch and that is the end of Shakib. A really poor night for the Bangla captain. First he was hammered with the ball and now, does not last long either.
4.2
1
T Chatara to Mahmudullah, Yorker on off, Mahmudullah digs it out towards the off side and takes a single.
4.1
0
T Chatara to Mahmudullah, Good length ball outside off, Mahmudullah lets it go the keeper.
3.6
1
K Jarvis to Mahmudullah, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
3.5
0
K Jarvis to Mahmudullah, BOUNCER! A bumper over Mahmudullah's head who sees it early and leaves it alone.

Mahmudullah is the new man in!

3.4
0
K Jarvis to M Rahim, OUT! CAUGHT! Excellent stuff this from Zimbabwe! Three quick wickets for them! Good length delivery on off which stopped on the surface, Rahim looks to flick but gets a leading edge in the air. Brendan Taylor runs to his right and takes a sitter.
3.3
1
K Jarvis to Al Hasan, JUST OVER! Full delivery on off, Shakib looks to drive but the ball comes slowly off the surface. He ends up playing it uppishly towards cover. The fielder jumps but cannot get his hand to the ball. The batters take a single.
3.2
0
K Jarvis to Al Hasan, The batsman has played it fine down the leg side.

Mushfiqur Rahim comes into bat.

3.1
0
K Jarvis to S Sarkar, OUT! CAUGHT! Poor cricket this from Sarkar. He knows that they have just lost a wicket here, yet he plays this shot. Flatter delivery outside off, Sarkar goes for a lofted drive over mid off but does not time it well. Neville Madziva at mid off runs to his right and takes a simple catch.

Shakib Al Hasan comes in at number 3.

2.6
0
T Chatara to L Das, OUT! BOWLED! Excellent yorker from Chatara! Bowls it aimed at the middle stump, Das makes room for himself and looks to block it out but is unable to do it. Liton was looking good out there but his innings has been cut short.
2.5
1
T Chatara to S Sarkar, Good length ball on off, Sarkar lofts this over point for a single.
2.4
0
T Chatara to L Das, The ball strikes the batsman on his hand, it could be nasty. The batsmen have run through for a single. The umpire signals a leg bye.
2.3
2
T Chatara to L Das, Short delivery on off, Liton lofts this over the point fielder for a couple. Not much coming off the Free Hit.

Free Hit coming up...

2.3
2
T Chatara to L Das, DROPPED, but a no ball! Short ball outside off, Das cuts it off the back foot towards point where the fielder leaps. However, he cannot hang on. It would not have mattered as it was a no ball. The batsmen take a single but then there is an overthrow and the second is taken.
2.2
1
T Chatara to S Sarkar, On a length outside off, Soumya looks to cut but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The batters take a single.
2.1
1
T Chatara to L Das, Good length delivery on off, Das defends it to the off side and take a single.

Tendai Chatara is into the attack.

1.6
0
K Jarvis to S Sarkar, The batsman goes for the hook but misses the line of the delivery.
1.5
0
K Jarvis to S Sarkar, Good bowling from Jarvis! Soumya fails to make the full use of the Free Hit. Slower short ball on off, Soumya looks to guide this over third man but is unable to put bat on it.
1.5
1
K Jarvis to L Das, NO BALL! Good length delivery on middle, Das flicks it to square leg and takes a single. Kyle Jarvis has overstepped and it is a no ball. Soumya Sarkar will be on strike for the no ball.
1.4
2
K Jarvis to L Das, Back of a length delivery on off, Das rocks back on his back foot and slashes this towards cover for a couple.
1.3
4
K Jarvis to L Das, FOUR! Brilliant shot this from Das! Jarvis bowls a full delivery on middle, Das lofts this nicely straight down the ground for his second boundary. Good start this from Liton.
1.2
0
K Jarvis to L Das, Good length delivery on middle, Das flicks it nicely but straight towards the fine leg fielder. If he had placed it either side of the fielder, it would have been a boundary as there were no fielders stationed there.
1.1
1
K Jarvis to S Sarkar, Full delivery on the middle stump line, Sarkar looks to flick but gets an inside edge towards square leg. The batters take a single.

Kyle Jarvis to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
S Williams to L Das, Short delivery on off, Das defends it off the back foot. Good start from Bangladesh. 8 runs come off it.
0.5
6
S Williams to L Das, SIX. Magnificent shot from Das! Williams bowls a flat delivery on middle, Das goes on his knees and scoops it over the short fine leg fielder for the first maximum of the Bangladesh innings.
0.4
0
S Williams to L Das, Short delivery outside off, Das cuts it but straight towards the point fielder.
0.3
1
S Williams to S Sarkar, Full delivery on middle, Soumya flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the keeper's end but misses. Even if he had hit, the batsman would have been well in.
0.2
1
S Williams to L Das, Another flat delivery on off, Das flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets off the mark with that single.
0.1
0
S Williams to L Das, Starts with a flatter delivery on middle, Das defends it into the ground.

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.