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Bangladesh win nail-biting thriller over Zimbabwe after 'no ball drama'



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Bangladesh secured a last-over thriller against Zimbabwe by 3 runs in their Super-12s match of the T20 World Cup at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, on Sunday.

Defending a fighting total of 151 runs, the bowlers held their nerve and were able to restrict ominous Zimbabwe to 147-8.

Mussaddek was handed to do the last over required 16 runs. Everyoner believed that Bangladesh had won when Blessing Muzarabani, needing five to win, was stumped trying to hit a six off the last ball and left the field.

But a review showed wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan's gloves taking the ball in front of the stumps, which is illegal, and it was called a no-ball. 

The teams had to return to the field for a free hit with four needed to win, but Muzarabani swung and missed again which led Bangladesh to obtain their second win in the tournament.

Taskin bagged three wickets at the expense of 19 runs in his four overs while Mustafizur Rahman and Mossaddek picked up two wickets each. 

Having won the toss Bangladesh opted to bat first, they lost the opener Soumya Sarkar for naught and Liton Das in the first powerplay.

Then Shanto and skipper Shakib took the charge of the game, adding 54 run partnership for the third wicket as Shakib departed on 23 runs.

Shanto scored his maiden T20I fifty from 55-balls 71, which is also his career-best T20I score, and Afif Hossain played a cameo of 29 off 19 deliveries. Bangladesh eventually could muster 150 after losing 7 wickets in 20 overs.

Zimbabwe spearheads Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava picked up two wickets each.


Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto,  Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman

Zimbabwe: Wessly Madhevere, Craig Ervine (capt), Milton Shumba, Sean Williams 5 Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani