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LAST BALL DRAMA IN BRISBANE . . . Chevrons fall short against Bangladesh

Zimbabwe’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the ICC Males’s T20 Cricket World Cup suffered a significant blow after dropping by three runs in opposition to Bangladesh in an thrilling recreation on the iconic Gabba in Brisbane, Australia, yesterday.

Mosaddek Hossain held his nerve, twice within the area of 1 authorized supply in a chaotic end yesterday, for Bangladesh to earn a three-run win in opposition to Zimbabwe, whose semi-final hopes on the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup have now been dented.

Zimbabwe wanted 16 from the ultimate over, and after Mosaddek removed Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava received a leg-bye 4 and slammed an enormous six over fine-leg to present them an opportunity. With 5 required in two balls, Mosaddek had a charging Ngarava stumped, bringing Blessing Muzarabani to center, and he needed to hit the ball to the boundary. However Mosaddek beat his massive swing and he was stumped off the final ball.

Or so everybody thought. However wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan had collected the ball in entrance of the stumps, which turned a no-ball, and a free hit.

The gamers had left the bottom, the broadcasters had began organising for the presentation ceremony, however they needed to exit and the gamers needed to come again for yet one more tilt. However Muzarabani missed the last-last ball too, and the present was over.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan’s gamble of utilizing his quick bowlers — Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Hasan Mahmud — within the sixteenth, seventeenth and 18th overs paid off, solely simply. They mixed to concede 30 runs, Shakib himself bowled properly within the penultimate over, gifting away ten runs and pulling off a sensational run-out, of top-scorer Sean Williams, and Mosaddek had nearly sufficient to defend. He did properly, holding Ryan Burl off strike fully. Although Burl may rue not being a bit extra aggressive earlier, his unbeaten 27 off 25 balls a considerably dour effort within the circumstances.

Within the first half, too, Zimbabwe fell quick. Muzarabani bowled simply two overs and picked up two wickets, and the catching was poor.

Najmul Hossain Shanto took benefit together with his maiden T20I fifty, and his first T20 half-century in 25 innings. His 71 received Bangladesh to a preventing 150 for 7 earlier than Taskin and Mustafizur blew away Zimbabwe’s prime order within the powerplay.

Taskin gave Bangladesh early breakthroughs for the third recreation in a row. Wessly Madhevere performed a poor shot to a large quick ball, and was caught at deep third by Mustafizur, who almost spilled the prospect with a reverse cup round his chest. In his subsequent over, Taskin examined Craig Ervine with a barely large one once more, with the Zimbabwe captain nicked to Nurul.

Mustafizur, below fireplace earlier than the event, then gave Bangladesh additional trigger for pleasure. In his first over — the final one within the powerplay — he had Milton Shumba caught at mid-off, the place Shakib took a pointy catch. The larger blow got here three balls later when Sikandar Raza, the massive man for Zimbabwe, top-edged a pull. Afif Hossain took the catch, and the celebrations proved how massive the second was for Bangladesh. Zimbabwe had been 35 for 4 within the powerplay and really a lot on the again foot.

After Raza’s dismissal, it was all the way down to the three frontline batters left — Williams, Regis Chakabva and Burl — with Williams the principle man.

Williams saved issues ticking over in his personal means, nurdling, pushing and prodding the ball round for ones and twos. He added 34 runs for the fifth wicket with Chakabva, who made 15 off 19 balls. After the returning Taskin eliminated Chakabva, Bangladesh had a direct likelihood when Burl top-edged to deep fine-leg, however Mahmud dropped the sitter. Burl was on 4, and the ball went over for his first six.

Zimbabwe, nonetheless, couldn’t fairly get the acceleration going, and that harm them in the long run. As did their errors within the first half.

Zimbabwe’s tall quick bowlers had been at all times going to be a handful for Bangladesh, particularly with the brand new ball in operation. Muzarabani received cracking within the second over, when he had Soumya Sarkar caught behind for a duck. The supply wasn’t excessive tempo, however the full size and large line beat Soumya.

Litton Das fell subsequent when he performed an uncharacteristic scoop shot in opposition to Muzarabani, who continued to bowl inside himself, with out making an attempt to crank up the tempo. Tendai Chatara took the easy likelihood at quick fine-leg, as Bangladesh completed the powerplay on 32 for two, their lowest ever in opposition to Zimbabwe.

Shanto, nonetheless, fought again with Shakib, including 56 runs for the third wicket collectively. Shanto struck 5 of his seven fours behind the wickets, often utilizing the tempo of the ball sensibly. He hit a superb reverse sweep, too, other than a properly timed minimize shot. And the most effective of them, down on one knee, and drive to the fitting of mid-off for 4.

Shakib fell to a poor shot once more, caught at midwicket off Williams for 23 off 20 balls, and hit only one boundary in his innings. Nonetheless, Shanto received to his fifty after which took 17 off Evans within the sixteenth over, together with solely the second six of his T20I profession, and the primary of the Bangladesh innings. Zimbabwe’s fielding went steadily downhill after the powerplay overs, significantly in the direction of the again finish of the Bangladesh innings. There have been just a few misfields and missed catches, which was irritating for the bowlers, and the teaching employees. However Bangladesh didn’t fairly take toll of those alternatives, or step on the pedal.

After the 17-run sixteenth over, they solely had yet one more over the place runs got here in double-figures, when Afif dominated the nineteenth over, bowled by Raza.

Afif was dropped twice in his innings of 29, first by Evans at midwicket, when his reverse-cup try was ill-advised, and Williams dropped him within the final over, though the following throw resulted in Nurul’s run-out. Bangladesh made 47 runs within the final 5 overs, with Mosaddek hardly timing something whereas Yasir Ali regarded surplus to requirement coming in at No. 8. — ESPNCricinfo

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