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Tigers' top five bowling performances in T20Is

Dhaka Tribune Sport has picked five match-winning performances from Bangladesh bowlers in T20Is

Update : 16 Jun 2020, 10:02 PM
Bangladesh played their first ever T20I back in 2006 in Khulna against Zimbabwe. Since then, the Tigers have played 96 T20Is in the last 14 years. In those matches, the Bangladesh bowlers have taken five-wicket haul on three occasions and four-wicket haul seven times. Dhaka Tribune Sport has picked five match-winning performances from Bangladesh bowlers in T20Is. These match-winning bowling performances have been considered according to the match situation, condition and oppositions, among other things.
Shakib 5/20 against the West Indies in Dhaka in 2018

Shakib al Hasan’s 5/20 at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium will no doubt be at the top of the chart as the left-arm spinner ran through the Windies batting order with his brilliant display of spin bowling. Bangladesh were trailing the three-match series 1-0 and posted 211 on the board on a good batting track. In reply, the West Indies folded for 175, and credit mainly goes to Shakib. All the other bowlers conceded at least nine runs per over but Shakib gave away only 20 runs in his quota of four overs and took the wickets of power-hitters like Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite and Fabian Allen. 

Shakib led from the front against the Windies with his five-wicket haul

Elias 5/13 against Ireland in Belfast in 2012

Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny played only seven T20Is but surprisingly, holds the record of the best bowing figure by a Bangladeshi in T20I history. That feat came against Ireland away in Belfast in 2012. Bangladesh registered 190 batting first. Generally Ireland conditions suit pacers or medium pacers but on that day, Tigers spinners were on top as the home side scored only 119. Elias bowled magnificently and took five wickets leaking just 13 runs in his four overs. He even managed to bowl a double wicket maiden in his very first over. More interestingly, it was his debut match. 

Elias had a memorable T20I debut, bagging a five-for against Ireland 

Mustafizur 4/21 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2017

Bangladesh’s away series against Sri Lanka in 2017 was memorable for many incidents as they drew all three formats of the series 1-1. The last game of the tour, the second and final T20I in Colombo was something special as captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza announced his sudden retirement from T20Is during the toss. Emotions were running high in that match. Bangladesh, trailing 1-0 in the series, put on 176 taking first guard. Defending the total, Mustafizur Rahman bowled superbly and bagged four wickets conceding 21 runs. Shakib was magnificent with both bat and ball and was later adjudged man-of-the-match. But Mustafizur checked the Sri Lanka middle-order, picking up wickets at crucial moments. As a result, Bangladesh won by 45 runs and the Tigers gave a winning send-off to skipper Mashrafe. 

Mustafizur celebrates one of his four victims against Sri Lanka

Mashrafe 4/19 against Ireland in Belfast in 2012
Bangladesh managed to keep Ireland down to a decent total during the T20I in Belfast in 2012 as the home side scored 140 losing eight wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. At one stage, Ireland were looking to post 160-odd as they were 71 for the loss of one wicket after eight overs. But Mashrafe then took the important wicket of in-form William Porterfield in the ninth over. Then Mashrafe also notched three more vital wickets - Niall O’Brien, Kevin O’Brein and Andrew Poynter - in the middle part of the innings and thus, Bangladesh bowlers took control. Mashrafe’s bowling figure read 4/19 in four overs. Later, Bangladesh were struggling to chase 141, batting on 87/6 after 15 overs. Mashrafe then scored 30 off just 13 balls with four sixes as Bangladesh won in the last ball. First with the ball and then with the bat, all-round Mashrafe did something special in that game.    

Mashrafe appeals

Shakib 4/21 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2013  

Bangladesh were under pressure against host Zimbabwe on May 12, 2013. The home side were leading the two-match series 1-0. Bangladesh scored 168/7 in their allotted 20 overs. Shakib and Tamim Iqbal both scored 40-plus innings to help put on a challenging total. In reply, Zimbabwe managed to score 134 losing nine wickets and Bangladesh leveled the series. Shakib was brilliant with the ball as he took four wickets giving away just 21 runs in his four overs. Among his four scalps, Brendan Taylor (15) and Sikandar Raza’s (31) wickets were crucial as they were in great form. Shakib’s all-round performance helped Bangladesh win the game and level the series. Shakib was later adjudged man-of-the-match.
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