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Tigers into final after easy Zimbabwe win

  • Published at 06:16 pm September 18th, 2019
Mahmudullah
Bangladesh's Mahmudullah attempts a big shot during their fourth T20I against Zimbabwe in Chittagong Wednesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The Tigers have managed two wins in this series, both against Zimbabwe, among three games while the African nation lost all their three outings and got knocked out

Bangladesh qualified for final of the tri-nation T20I series after defeating Zimbabwe comprehensively by 39 runs at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Wednesday.

The Tigers have managed two wins in this series, both against Zimbabwe, among three games while the African nation lost all their three outings and got knocked out.

Chasing 176 to win, Zimbabwe managed to score 136 losing all of their wickets in 19.5 overs.

Bangladesh made a brilliant start while defending their 175-run total as pacer Saifuddin gave the early breakthrough in the very first over. 

Zimbabwe’s experienced opener Brendan Taylor was caught at mid off when the score was nought.   

The visiting side also lost wickets in the second and third over as well as Regis Chakabva (nought) and Sean Williams (two) went back to the pavilion respectively.

Zimbabwe were not able to turn around from their shaky start and lost regular wickets in the middle overs.

Richmond Mutumbami scored some quick runs (54 off 32 deliveries) in the later period of the innings, but it was too little, too late.

Shafiul Islam took three wickets for Bangladesh while Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam Biplob picked up two each.

But the most impressive bowler from the Bangladesh camp was the young leg-spinner Biplob, who made his debut in this match. 

Biplob picked up a wicket in the third delivery of his international career, and also took the important scalp of Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza (25) in the ninth over of the innings.

The leg-spinner bowled good line and length and also showed sound control with his leg-spin, finishing with bowling figure of 2/18 in his four overs.

Earlier, Masakadza elected to field first.

Bangladesh made three changes as left-hander Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Biplob made their debuts while Shafiul returned, replacing Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman and Taijul Islam respectively.

New opening pair Liton Das and Shanto were off to an aggressive start as they scored 49 off 4.4 deliveries before Shanto (11) lost his wicket after being caught and bowled by Kyle Jarvis. 

Liton was particularly impressive at the top as the right-hander scored 38 off just 22 deliveries with four fours and two sixes.

But his entertaining innings came to an end in the fifth ball of the sixth over when he flicked a leg-sidish delivery from Chris Mpofu, which went high towards deep fine leg and Zimbabwe fielder Neville Madziva completed a stunning catch running backwards from short fine leg.

From 49 without loss, Bangladesh were 65 for the loss of three wickets in 7.2 overs as skipper Shakib al Hasan (10) also headed back to the pavilion after being caught at long off playing a casual lofted shot.

Experienced duo Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah then halted the slide and formed a 78-run partnership for the fourth wicket to steady the situation.   

Mushfiq played a decent innings, 32 off 26 deliveries, with three fours and a six. 

But Mahmudullah was the main man for Bangladesh in the middle and late stages of the innings as the right-hander smashed five sixes and a four in his 62-run innings, which came off just 41 deliveries.

Mahmudullah got out in the last over of the innings but by then, Bangladesh posted a challenging total. 

In the end, the Tigers finished their innings on 175/7 from their allotted 20 overs, which is their highest total in T20Is with the previous highest being 168 in 2013.

Jarvis was the best bowler for Zimbabwe as he took three wickets.

4TH T20I

BANGLADESH INNINGS        R    B

Shanto c & b Jarvis            11    9

Liton c Madziva b Mpofu        38    22

Shakib c Williams b Burl        10    9

Mushfiq c Taylor b Mutombodzi    32    26

Mahmudullah c Williams b Jarvis    62    41

Afif c Taylor b Mpofu            7    8

Mosaddek c Chakabva b Jarvis    2    3

Saifuddin not out            2    1

Aminul not out            0    0

Extras (lb 3, w 4)            7 

Total (19.5 Overs)            171/7 

Fall Of Wickets

1-49 (Shanto), 2-55 (Liton), 3-65 (Shakib), 4-143 (Mushfiq), 5-159 (Afif), 6-169 (Mahmudullah), 7-169 (Mosaddek)

Bowling

Ndlovu 3-0-32-0, Jarvis 3.5-0-28-3, Mpofu 4-0-42-2, Williams 4-0-26-0, Burl 1-0-13-1, Mutombodzi 3-0-17-1, Madziva 1-0-10-0

ZIMBABWE INNINGS             R    B

Taylor c Shakib b Saifuddin        0    5

Masakadza (c) b Aminul        25    25

Chakabva b Shakib            0    2

Williams c Afif b Shafiul        2    5

Mutombodzi c Shanto b Biplob    11    9

Burl b Shafiul                1    3

Mutumbami c Saifuddin b Shafiul    54    32

Madziva run out (Shakib)        9    15

Jarvis c sub (Sabbir) b Mustafizur    27    20

Ndlovu b Mustafizur            2    4

Mpofu not out                0    0

Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 3)            5

Total (20 Overs)            136/10

Fall Of Wickets

1-0 (Taylor), 2-2 (Chakabva), 3-8 (Williams), 4-35 (Mutombodzi), 5-37 (Burl), 6-44 (Masakadza), 7-66 (Madziva), 8-124 (Mutumbami), 9-136 (Jarvis), 10-136 (Ndlovu)

Bowling     

Saifuddin-4-0-14, Shakib 4-0-28-1, Shafiul 4-0-36-3, Mustafizur 4-0-38, Aminul 4-0-18-2    

Result: Bangladesh won by 39 runs

MoM: Mahmudullah