Bangladesh has kept its cool, and won against Zimbabwe with a thrilling three runs victory in the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup in Gabba, Brisbane.
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe were very evenly matched throughout the day, and it all came down to the final delivery.
With 16 runs needed from the final over, Zimbabwe’s chances looked bleak. But after Mosaddek got rid of Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava hit a leg-bye four and then slammed a huge six over fine-leg.
Mosaddek dismissed Ngarava with five runs needed from two balls, bringing Blessing Muzarabani to the middle. Muzarabani had to hit the ball to the boundary, but Mosaddek beat him cleverly with his pace, and Muzarabani was stumped off the last ball.
Everyone thought Bangladesh had won the match while Mosaddek beat the batsman in his last delivery of the innings. But the drama started there.
When the on-field umpire, contacted the third Umpire to check for stamping, Nurul Hasan had been found to take the ball in front of the stumps.
As per ICC rules, a wicketkeeper can’t collect the ball in front of the stamps otherwise it’ll be found as a no-ball. So, the players were recalled to the field to replay the final delivery.
Blessing Muzarabani was on strike, needing four runs from the last ball of Mosaddek Hossain.
This time, another quicker and flatter delivery angling across the right-hander, Muzarabani covered the line as he tried to swing across but missed. Nurul Hasan collected the ball behind the stumps, and Bangladesh sealed the win after some high drama in the last few minutes.
Before all the drama happened, there was gambling made by Shakib when he used three of his main fast bowlers to fulfill their quota of four overs.
Shakib Al Hasan himself bowled well in the second-to-last over, only giving up ten runs and making an unbelievable run-out of top-scorer Sean Williams which is considered to be the turning point of this match according to the Sport News BD experts.
Earlier, Najmul Hossein Shanto’s first T20I half-century lifted Bangladesh to a competitive 150/7 in 20 overs. Zimbabwe’s reply was 147 for 8.
Taskin Ahmed took three wickets, and Mosaddek Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman bagged two-wicket hauls. Taskin Ahmed was named the POTM award and is currently the leading wicket-taker till now.