Bangladesh in Zimbabwe, 3 T20I Series, 2021

Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh - 3rd T20I

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare

Date & Time: 25 July 2021

Bangladesh 194/5

RR: 10.03 | Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 5 wickets

commentary

So, that is it from this game! Mahmudullah has been given the trophy and now he along with his team celebrate the series win. All Bangladesh then in this tour, they won the Tests, the ODIs and now the T20Is too. That is it from this game and this series. However, if you haven't had enough of cricketing action, you can catch all the action from the India game which begins shortly. Till then, take care and goodbye!

Mahmudullah, The winning Captain of Bangladesh says the boys showed a lot of character and everyone contributed, Shamim played a good knock down the end and it was a combined effort in the end. States when you are chasing a big score, you need partnerships and also rotate strike well, they wanted to build partnerships and that was their plan. Adds, Sarkar scored when it was needed and he is pleased they could chase this down.

Soumya Sarkar has been given the Man of the Match for today and the Man of the Series!

Post Match Presentation - Zimbabwe Captain Sikandar Raza says they have shown improvement in every game and he felt the score was defendable on this track. States he was pretty confident about winning the game till the 15th over but the last couple of overs strayed away from the plans. Adds it is never easy to play a series without the seniors but seeing the youngsters step up was good and he hopes they can do better. Admits they need to bowl less extras and if they can do that, they can be a better side.

Earlier in the day, after electing to bat, Bangladesh scored a massive 193 thanks to a combined batting effort from their side. However, it was chased down quite easily in the end from Bangladesh who's batters to rose to the occasion.

The Zimbabwe bowling was not at its best! Far too many boundary balls and some extras too in between which just released the pressure. They did manage to take wickets here and there but could never build pressure on the visitors by bowling a few tight overs. Raza will not be pleased as he would have backed his bowlers to defend this.

What a fine, fine chase from Bangladesh! They truly deserve the series especially after chasing down such a massive total. They though did not get off to the best of starts as they lost Naim early. However, Shakib and Sarkar got things back on track before Shakib departed. Sarkar though continued and along with Mahmudullah took his side on top. Sarkar was departed after getting to his half ton, Afif also did not last for long out there. Shamim though came in and played a beauty of an innings along with Mahmudullah to take his side over the line.

19.2
1
Wellington Masakadza to Shamim Hossain, And There it is! Full toss, on the pads. Shamim Hossain flicks this towards the leg side for an easy single. And Bangladesh have won the match by 5 wickets, and they also take the series 2-1.
19.1
4
Wellington Masakadza to Shamim Hossain, FOUR! Quicker ball, outside off. Shamim Hossain smacks this straight down the ground past the bowler for a boundary. And Bangladesh need just 1 run to win now.
18.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Shamim Hossain, BYE! Shoriful Islam dances down the track. Blessing Muzarabani bangs this ball short and Shamim misses the hook. The ball goes through to the keeper, and they take a quick single.
18.5
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Nurul Hasan, Good length ball, around off. Guided towards third man for a single. Sensible stuff this from Nurul Hasan.
18.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Mahmudullah, OUT! CAUGHT! Full ball, outside off. Mahmudullah looks to slice it over third man, but gets an oustside edge and the ball goes towards the right of the keeper who dives and completes a very good low catch. So the Captain has to depart.
18.3
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Shamim Hossain, Slower ball, on off. Shamim Hossain cuts it late towards the short third man fielder.
18.2
4
Blessing Muzarabani to Shamim Hossain, FOUR! Full ball, on off. Shamim Hossain swings hard, gets a thick outside edge and the ball races away to the boundary.
18.1
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Mahmudullah, Short of a length ball, outside off. Mahmudullah pulls it hard but straight to the deep mid-wicket fielder. They take one.
17.6
4
Dion Myers to Shamim Hossain, FOUR! In the gap again and this is probably the over which seals the deal for Bangladesh. 15 from it and just the 13 needed in 12. A short one, Hossain pulls it uppishly, he does not hit it very well but in the gap in the mid-wicket region for another boundary.
17.5
4
Dion Myers to Shamim Hossain, FOUR! Shamim you beaty! We say it again, what a cameo this is! What innovation. Outrageous! He plays the reverse sweep, he gets it past the short third man fielder and into the fence. Finding the gaps nicely.
17.4
4
Dion Myers to Shamim Hossain, FOUR! Thumped away! There is the needed boundary and this is a really good innings from Shamim so far. It is short and outside off, Hossain slaps it through covers for a boundary.
17.3
2
Dion Myers to Shamim Hossain, Two! Good running! This is short and wide outside off, Hossain looks to cut but this goes off the underedge on the off side for one. That was very wide, he could have left it but went for it.
17.2
1
Dion Myers to Mahmudullah, Just the one again! ON middle, Mahmudullah swings, this goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket for one.

Dion Myers has been brought back into the attack.

17.1
0
Dion Myers to Mahmudullah, Tried to be cheeky but it does not come off! It is a slower one outside off, Mahmudullah gets into positon early to play the scoop but it hits the glove and goes to the keeper on the bounce.
16.6
0
Tendai Chatara to Shamim Hossain, That is rash! Not needed! Comes down the track and this is a slower one outside off. Shamim swings but misses.
16.5
4
Tendai Chatara to Shamim Hossain, FOUR! Put away! Really clever from Shamim! He walks across and Chatara bowls it well wide outside off, he did not look to whack it over the leg side but instead just guided it past point, third man was in the ring so another crucial boundary.
16.4
1
Tendai Chatara to Mahmudullah, Just the one this time! It is a slower one, Mahmudullah looks to whip it again but this time it goes more off the inner half towards deep square leg for one.
16.3
6
Tendai Chatara to Mahmudullah, SIX! NAILED! Trademark Mahmudullah! This is where he loves the ball! He walks across and this is full and on middle, this is heaved over the square leg fence for a biggie.
16.2
1
Tendai Chatara to Shamim Hossain, Just the single! Shorter again and outside off, Hossain cuts it towards point for one more. The good thing is Mahmudullah is back on strike.

Tendai Chatara comes back into the attack.

16.1
0
Tendai Chatara to Shamim Hossain, A dot! Gold dust at the moment! It is short and outside off, Hossain slashes but misses.
15.6
1
Wellington Masakadza to Shamim Hossain, One more single! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled hard through mid-wicket for one.
15.5
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Just the single from the Free Hit! It is full and on middle, Mahmudullah looks to go over long on but does not time it. Just one.
15.5
1
Wellington Masakadza to Shamim Hossain, NO BALL! This could prove very costly as a Free Hit is coming up! Shamim is taken by surprise. It is a high full toss on the body, Shamim looks to pull but is late on the shot, it goes off the glove towards square leg for one.

Who will come out to bat next? Shamim Hossain is the new man in.

15.4
0
Wellington Masakadza to Afif Hossain, OUT! TIMBER! Masakadza strikes and once again, just as the game seems to be slipping away, Zimbabwe strike and are back into the contest! Really accurate stuff! Saw the batter move across and fires in a yorker on the leg pole. Afif looks to sweep but misses and it hits the leg stumps. A short but sweet innings comes to an end but Bangladesh would have loved for him to stay out there for longer. 44 needed in 26.
15.3
6
Wellington Masakadza to Afif Hossain, SIX! Nailed! There is the pressure releaser! That is beautifully timed. This is fuller and on off, Afif lofts it over the long off fence for a biggie. 150 up for Bangladesh.
15.2
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Just the one again! Shuffles across and sweeps but towards short fine leg.
15.1
1
Wellington Masakadza to Afif Hossain, Well bowled! Hossain looks to play the reverse sweep but this is very full and on the pads, it is squeezed out towards point for one.
14.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Mahmudullah, In the blockhole. Mahmudullah somehow manages to dig this one out back towards the bowler.
14.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Mahmudullah, Back of a length ball, outside off. Mahmudullah gets down on one knee to scoop it but gets the toe end of the bat and the ball goes back at the bowler.
14.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Mahmudullah, Length ball, outside off. Mahmudullah looks to heave it on the leg side but misses it.
14.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Mahmudullah, Mahmudullah advances down the track and slogs hard but misses.
14.2
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Afif Hossain, Gpod length ball, on off. Tapped towards backward point for a single.
14.1
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Mahmudullah, Good length ball, on off. Mahmudullah pulls it towards square leg for one.
13.6
6
Luke Jongwe to Afif Hossain, SIX! WOW! That made a cracking sound! Good length ball, on off. Afif Hossain smacks this over the deep mid-wicket fielder for a maximum. Gets off the mark in some style.
13.5
1
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, Length ball, on the pads. Mahmudullah flicks it to the deep sqaure leg fielder for one.
13.4
0
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, Good length ball, on off. Mahmudullah defends it.
13.3
0
Luke Jongwe to Soumya Sarkar, OUT! CAUGHT! Full ball, outside off. Soumya Sarkar looks to loft it over the long on fielder. Gets the bottom of the bat and the ball goes high up in the air. Substitute fielder Tarisai Musakanda makes no mistake at long on.
13.2
4
Luke Jongwe to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Full toss, outside off. Soumya Sarkar inside edges it past the keeper for a boundary. The keeper dives but the ball beats him.
13.1
1
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, Slower ball, outside off. Mahmudullah comes down the track and heaves it wide of the long on fielder. He wants two but Soumya Sarkar sends him back. Mahmudullah is half way down the pitch. The fielder throws the ball towards the bowler at the non-striker's end. Mahmudullah turns back and runs to the non-striker's end. Looks like his dive saved him in the end.
12.6
0
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, Good length ball, outside off. Soumya Sarkar looks to cut it late but misses.
12.5
4
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Slower ball, outside off. Soumya Sarkar pulls it just over the jumping deep mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
12.4
0
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, Length ball, outside off. Soumya Sarkar looks to slog but misses.
12.3
2
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, Good length ball, on the stumps. Turned towards on side for a couple.
12.2
4
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Short and wide. Soumya Sarkar smacks it straight over the bowler's head and it beats the diving long off fielder.
12.1
2
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, Back of a length ball, outsid eoff. Soumya Sarkar pulls it towards long on for a couple of runs. Excellent fielding in the deep.
11.6
2
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, Full ball, outside off. Mahmudullah drives it towards sweeper cover for a couple of runs.
11.5
1
Luke Jongwe to Soumya Sarkar, Good length ball, on off. Guided towards third man for a single.
11.4
4
Luke Jongwe to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Short and wide. Soumya Sarkar cuts it behind point for a boundary. Gets to his FIFTY in style. What an innings this has been so far!
11.3
1
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, Good length ball, on off. Turned towards long on for a single.
11.2
4
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, FOUR! Full toss, on the pads. Mahmudullah flicks it fine and beats the short fine leg fielder for a boundary.
11.1
2
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, Good length ball, outside off. Flicked towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
10.6
2
Wellington Masakadza to Soumya Sarkar, Two more! End of another good over! On middle, Sarkar pushes it with soft hands down to long on for two.
10.5
4
Wellington Masakadza to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Playing with the field is Sarkar! Really good. All of a sudden, he is timing it well! On the pads, Sarkar sweeps, gets it behind the man at short fine leg for another boundary.
10.4
4
Wellington Masakadza to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Smashed away! Welcome boundary! He had no problem in timing that! This is shorter and on middle, this is pulled wide of the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
10.3
0
Wellington Masakadza to Soumya Sarkar, Dot! Sarkar is struggling to time the ball out there! This is very full and on off, he looks to push it through covers but this goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
10.2
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
10.1
0
Wellington Masakadza to Soumya Sarkar, Sarkar's pad saves him there! He skips down the track and this is fired on the pads. Sarkar looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and goes a little away from the keeper. It goes off the outer part of the glove towards short third man for one. Leg bye signaled.
9.6
4
Dion Myers to Mahmudullah, FOUR! Just short and a boundary! A good finish to the over for Bangladesh! Mahmudullah steps down the track and this is banged in short. He pulls it uppishly. It goes towards deep mid-wicket The fielder runs in and dives forward but the ball lands in front of him, does back and into the fence. Spoils the over. A good one for Bangladesh.
9.5
1
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, And again! Really swings hard to this ball outside off, mistimes it down to long off for one.
9.4
0
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, Another dot! Sarkar is trying to hit the ball a little too hard! This is outside off, he looks to slap it but it goes off the under edge back to the bowler.
9.3
3
Dion Myers to Mahmudullah, Sloppy from Zimbabwe! On the pads, this is worked towards short fine leg. The fielder there misfields and they go for the second. The throw is also a poor one and the third is taken.
9.2
1
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, Really well bowled again! On middle and angling in, this skids through. Sarkar looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It rolls towards the off side for one.

The physio is out! Sarkar may have hurt himself. It did hit him where there is no padding.

9.1
0
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, A loud appeal from the bowler but nothing! Outside off and on a length. Sarkar comes across and looks to heave it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but turned down. Impact was outside off.
8.6
1
Wellington Masakadza to Soumya Sarkar, Another single! On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one. So that five wides is what ruined the over. 113 needed in 66.
8.5
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Angled into the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
8.5
0
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, FIVE WIDES! That is a poor delivery, he may have thought Mahmudullah was going to run at him. He fires it very wide outside off. The batter lets it be. The keeper has no chance at all and it goes to the third man fence. Bonus runs.
8.4
0
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Well bowled! He sees Mahmudullah shuffle in and look to go for a slog sweep so fires it on middle, Mahmudullah defends it.
8.3
1
Wellington Masakadza to Soumya Sarkar, On middle, Sarkar eases it down to long on for one more.
8.2
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Flatter and outside off, this is hit through covers for one.
8.1
0
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Almost another one! Flatter and outside off, Mahmudullah looks to cut but this goes close past the off pole.
7.6
1
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, A short one and on middle, Mahmudullah is off the mark as he pulls it through mid-wicket for one. A huge over but the wicket of Shakib in it.
7.5
1
Luke Jongwe to Soumya Sarkar, On off, this is pushed through covers for one.
7.4
0
Luke Jongwe to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT! TAKEN! Jonger has the last laugh and it is a timely wicket for his side and a huge one. Shakib was looking dangerous. This is a slower one, fuller and on off. Shakib looks to go big again, this time tries to go over long off. He though gets more height than distance and he holes out to the fielder there. Not sure if this was needed but Shakib probably wanted to make this a huge over.

Who will come out to bat? Mahmudullah is the new man in.

7.3
0
Luke Jongwe to Shakib Al Hasan, A dot! Outside off again, Hasan swings again but this time it is inside the tramline and a dot.
7.3
0
Luke Jongwe to Shakib Al Hasan, WIDE! Pressure getting to Jongwe. This is full and well outside off. Shakib once again swings but does not connect.
7.2
6
Luke Jongwe to Shakib Al Hasan, TOP EDGE AND SIX! Back-to-back biggies and this is the big over Bangladesh needed! Shakib once again walks across and this is bowled short and on the body, Shakib looks to pull but it goes off the top edge and over the fine leg fence.
7.1
6
Luke Jongwe to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX! Welcome biggie! A one-handed biggie! This is full and outside off, it is yet another slower one. Shakib moves across and heaves it over the long on fence. His one hand does come off but it goes all the way.
7.1
0
Luke Jongwe to Shakib Al Hasan, WIDE! Starts off with a slower one, well wide outside off. Left alone.

Luke Jongwe comes into the attack.

6.6
0
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, A dot to end and that is a superb over from Myers! A slower one, fuller and outside off. Sarkar slashes at it but misses.
6.5
2
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, MIstimed and two is what they get! Short and on the body, Sarkar now tries to pull, he does not get hold of it. It goes down towards long on for a couple.
6.4
1
Dion Myers to Shakib Al Hasan, Just the one again! Shorter again and outside off, this is slapped through covers for a single.
6.3
1
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, Hits the deck hard this time! Short and on off, this one skids through. Sarkar chops it on the off side for one.
6.2
2
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, Brilliant running! On middle, Sarkar pushes it down to long on. They go for one, Shakib wants a second and they complete it.
6.1
0
Dion Myers to Soumya Sarkar, A dot to begin! This is well wide outside off. Sarkar slashes at it but misses. He wanted a wide but not given.

Dion Myers comes into the attack.

5.6
1
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, A slower ball to end the Powerplay! Sarkar is early in the pull, it goes off the toe-end through mid-wicket for one. Bangladesh are 50 for 1 after the first 6. They need another 144 in 84.
5.6
0
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, WIDE! Short but down the leg side. Left alone. Wided.
5.5
1
Tendai Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, Put down again! But this too is really tough! This is fuller and on middle, Hasan smashes it back to the bowler who tries to take it with one hand but this too does not stick! It goes behind for one.
5.4
1
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, Put down! Raza puts in a tremendous effort! This is short and on middle, Sarkar looks to pull, it goes off the splice towards mid on. Raza leaps and sticks one hand up, the ball does not stay in. A single taken.
5.3
0
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, Looks to be fancy! A shorter one and on middle, Sarkar looks to upper cut it but misses.
5.2
1
Tendai Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, Full and on the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
5.1
1
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, A slower full ball and outside off, it is jammed out towards cover for one.
4.6
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Soumya Sarkar, Length ball, on the pads. Turned towards square leg for a single.
4.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Soumya Sarkar, WIDE! Short ball, sprayed down the leg side. Called Wide.
4.5
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Shakib Al Hasan, Slower ball, outside off. Shakib Al Hasan whips it without timing towards the short fine leg fielder.
4.4
4
Blessing Muzarabani to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR! Full ball, on off. Shakib Al Hasan off drives it uppishly and the ball races away to the boundary.
4.3
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Soumya Sarkar, Slower ball, outside off. Cut towards backward point for one.
4.2
4
Blessing Muzarabani to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Soumya Sarkar makes room on the off side and lofts it over the extra cover fielder for a much needed boundary.
4.1
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Shakib Al Hasan, Good length ball, on middle. Shakib Al Hasan inside edges the flick towarda short fine leg for a single.
3.6
1
Tendai Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, Back of a length ball, on middle. Shakib Al Hasan tucks it off the back foot for a single.
3.5
2
Tendai Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, Short and wide. Shakib Al Hasan cuts it behind square on the off side for a couple of runs.
3.4
1
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, Good length ball, on off. Soumya Sarkar pulls it awkwardly towards long on for one.
3.3
0
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, Short ball, on leg stump. Soumya Sarkar ducks under it.
3.2
1
Tendai Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, Length ball, on the pads. Shakib Al Hasan flicks it to the on side for a quick single.
3.1
1
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, Slower ball, outside off. Soumya Sarkar pushes it towards the mid off fielder.
2.6
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Soumya Sarkar, Slower ball, on off. Soumya Sarkar looks to flick but gets a leading edge and the ball goes to mid off. They take one.
2.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Soumya Sarkar, Full ball, outside off. Soumya Sarkar drives it towards mid off.
2.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Soumya Sarkar, A tad short, outside off. Soumya Sarkar cuts it straight to the point fielder.
2.3
4
Blessing Muzarabani to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Good length ball, outside off. Soumya Sarkar bottom edges this one and beats the keeper. The keeper fails to collect it and the ball races away to the boundary.
2.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Mohammad Naim, OUT! CAUGHT! Full ball, outside off. Mohammad Naim lofts this one high up in the air, fails to middle it and Luke Jongwe at mid off takes an easy catch.

Blessing Muzarabani comes into the attack.

2.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Mohammad Naim, Good length ball, around off. Defended towards point.
1.6
0
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, Full ball, outside off. Driven towards mid off.
1.5
0
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, Slower ball, outside off. Soumya Sarkar swings hard but misses.
1.5
0
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR BYES! That goes through! It is a short one on middle, Sarkar ducks under it. It bounces just in front of the keeper who lets it through. It goes down to the third man fence. Also, it is a no ball, so Free Hit coming up.
1.4
0
Tendai Chatara to Soumya Sarkar, Slower short ball, around off. Soumya looks to pull but misses. The keeper appeals for the catch but the Umpire is not interested.
1.3
1
Tendai Chatara to Mohammad Naim, Good length ball, around off. Worked towards third man for a single.
1.2
0
Tendai Chatara to Mohammad Naim, Good length ball, around off. Mohammad Naim blocks it back at the bowler.
1.2
0
Tendai Chatara to Mohammad Naim, WIDE! Short and down the leg side. Mohammad Naim ducks under it. Called wide.
1.1
0
Tendai Chatara to Mohammad Naim, Good length ball, outside off. Punched off the back foot towards cover.
0.6
0
Sikandar Raza to Soumya Sarkar, Flatter ball, on off. Soumya Sarkar looks to flick bit gets a leading edge which falls short of the point fielder.
0.5
4
Sikandar Raza to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Tossed up, on middle. Soumya Sarkar sweeps this fine and beats the short fine leg fielder for a boundary.
0.4
6
Sikandar Raza to Soumya Sarkar, SIX! Tossed up, on off. Soumya Sarkar smashes this over mid off and he gets his first maximum.
0.3
1
Sikandar Raza to Mohammad Naim, Flatter ball, pn off. Turned towards the leg side for a run.
0.2
1
Sikandar Raza to Soumya Sarkar, Tossed up, on off. Soumya Sarkar lofts this high up in the air and it falls just short of Ryan Burl at long on. They take one.
0.1
1
Sikandar Raza to Mohammad Naim, Flatter ball, on off. Tucked towards the on side for one.