BAN vs ZIM Highlights, T20 WC 2022: In yet another last-ball finish at the ongoing edition of ICC T-20 World Cup 2022, Bangladesh clinched a riveting victory over Zimbabwe by 3 runs in their third pool stage fixture at The Gabba. With this victory, Bangladesh etched the second position in Group 2 standings and narrowed Zimbabwe’s hope for qualification to the semifinals.
Winning the toss at Brisbane, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan made an impressive decision to bat first. Batting on a green and dusty wicket at the Gabba, Bangladesh managed to put up a decent total of 150/7 in their first innings of 20 overs.
Bangladesh was off to a miserable start as top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar (0) and Litton Das (14) lost their wickets in quick succession as Bangladesh could not get hold of the power play and only posted 35/2. However, Najmul Shanto (71) came to the rescue and pioneered Bangladesh’s batting attack with his stunning knock and put up a vital 54-run stand alongside skipper Shakib (23) for the third wicket.
For Zimbabwe, Richard Ngarava (2/24) and Blessing Muzarabani (2/13) bowled stupendously to break the defense of Bangla batsmen. Sean Williams (1/10) and Sikander Raza (1/35) chipped in a wicket apiece.
Chasing a modest total of 151 runs, Zimbabwe was off to a sluggish start as frontline batsmen Madhevere (4), Ervine (8), Raza (0) and Shumba (8) failed to hold the crease and capitalize on their performance as Zimbabwe was 4 down for 35 at the end of power play. Sean Williams (64) played the standalone knock for Zimbabwe and tried to snatch a win alongside Ryan Burl (27), but their efforts went in vain as the tailend failed to captivate on the foundation set by the two.
In the end, the equation read five runs off one ball & Mosaddek completed the formalities by removing Blessing. However, replays showed it was a no-ball & the players came back on the field to play the last ball. But Zimbabwe couldn’t make use of this last chance & suffered a nervy three-run defeat.
For Bangladesh, Taskin Ahmed was the match-winning bowling performer as he thumped a scintillating figure of 3/19. Mosaddek Hossain (2/34) and Mustafizur Rahman (2/15) also made noteworthy contributions.
BAN vs ZIM Highlights, T20 WC 2022: Brief Scores
Bangladesh 150/7 (Najmul Shanto 71, Afif Hossain 29; Blessing Muzarabani 2/13) Zimbabwe 147/8 (Sean Williams 64; Taskin Ahmed 3/19, Mustafizur Rahman 2/15)