|Mohammad Saifuddin||not out||6||2||1||0|
|Aminul Islam||not out||0||0||0||0|
Right then! 4 matches done out of a scheduled 6 in the league stage and we already have our two finalists. That means we shall have two dead rubbers but hopefully, they shall be entertaining. The next game will be between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6.30 pm local (1230 GMT). Can Zimbabwe give Hamilton Masakadza a victory as a parting gift? We do hope so! ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Bangladesh captain, Shakib Al Hasan, says that his team started well with the bat but rues the fact that they could not finish well. Praises his bowlers for bowling brilliantly. Is happy with the fielding effort too, especially on a wet outfield. On the 5-bowler strategy, Shakib admits that it helps when you have 5 proper bowlers in your side and is happy with the way the debutant Aminul bowled. On the final Afghanistan match before the final, Shakib wants the victory as it could be a big booster before the big match, the final.
MAHMUDULLAH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On his first-ball six, Mahmudullah says that probably he had made up his mind to go all-attack from the first ball but then credits the openers for laying a stepping stone. Praises his bowlers for defending the total well. On improvements for him, Mahmudullah is striving for consistency as he seeks to score more and more runs. On the upcoming match against Afghanistan and also a poor Head-to-head record, Mahmudullah says that the team needs to come out positively and play good cricket to get some momentum into the final.
Zimbabwean skipper, Hamilton Masakadza, says that there was a bit of a disaster with the batting, as once you are half the side down before 10 overs, it is very difficult to recover. On the choice to bowl first, Hamilton says that the dew factor here tends o help chasing and hence the decision. On the remaining match, the captain says that they cannot reach the final bu the fact that they have never beaten Afghanistan is a big piece of motivation.
In the run chase, there was no chase. 8/3 meant that the visitors were on the mat pretty early and barring a late burst from Mutumbami, there was nothing much in the batting. Mohammad Saifuddin kept things tight with the new ball while Shafiul, Mustafizur and Aminul took care of the wickets. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
Ideally, Shakib would have wanted to chase on a track which has so much of dew. But his inspirational thought of doing the best in whatever you are doing seems to have inspired his entire team. The openers got off to a flier but then lost their way before a Mahmudullah run chase resurrected the total past 170.
That is the end of Zimbabwe's chances of any progress in this tournament. 3 matches, 3 losses and that has pushed both Bangladesh and Afghanistan into the final. A victory for Zimbabwe here might have seen Bangladesh in a bit of jeopardy but the Tigers roared in this game.
OUT! BOWLED! You miss, I hit. A length ball, on middle, Ndlovu gets across a long way and looks to paddle but dear, he has gone way too far. Mustafizur bowls it on a length and in line of the stumps. The middle stump goes for a walk. BANGLADESH WIN BY 39 RUNS!
Outside off, a swing and a miss.
Mpofu is the last man in.
OUT! Taken! A length ball, outside off, Jarvis pulls it high in the air but finds Sabbir Rahman at wide long on. He is a substitute fielder, wonder for whom. 50TH T20I WICKET FOR MUSTAFIZUR!
Outside off, a play and a miss.
A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a couple. Direct hit would have had the non-striker in trouble.
Outside off, steered towards third man for a single.
Who will bowl the final over? Mustafizur Rahman it is. 3-0-35-0 so far.
SIX! Fine shot! Full and outside off, Jarvis reaches out and smashes it through mid off. The fielder races to his right and flies, putting his right hand but the ball bursts through and hits the ropes on the full! 133/8
A short delivery which has been pulled away. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
A short ball, outside off, Jarvis looks to hook but misses.
On middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
OUT! Gone this time. A simple catch. Shafiul bowls this a touch wider than the previous one and Mutumbami has to reach out for it. Gets a top edge which is taken nicely at short third man. Ainsley Ndlovu is the new man in.
FOUR! Off the top edge this time! A length ball, outside off, Mutumbami looks to swing hard but gets a top edge. The ball flies over a leaping short third man and races to the fence behind.
Shafiul Islam is back on. 3-0-23-2 so far.
A short ball outside off, Jarvis looks to pull but misses. 120/7
The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
A short ball, outside off, Mutumbami arches back and guides it towards point. A single taken.
Excellent yorker, around off, nicely dug out.
FOUR! CLUNK! A short ball, outside off, Mutumbami pulls it over mid-wicket. The fielder races to his left but parries it over the fence!
Mohammad Saifuddin is back on. 3-0-7-1 so far.
SIX! That's dispatched with disdain. Rahman once again goes short and Jarvis is not going to miss it as he pulls it handsomely over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie. 113/7
Rahman goes short and Mutumbami pulls it to mid-wicket for a single.
Good fielding! Mutumbami lofts this length ball straight down the ground only for Liton Das to field by running to his left from long on. The batsmen get a couple.
Mutumbami looks to go big but gets beaten completely on this fuller one.
Great shot. Mutumbabmi runs this down cleverly and he just runs this wide yorker to the vacant third man region for a boundary.
Wide yorker and Jarvis just squeezes it to short third man for a single.
Mustafizur Rahman returns. 2-0-21-0 so far.
Outside off, driven straight to cover. 99/7
Another short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for one.
On middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
WIDE. Full toss, outside off, almost outside the pitch, left alone. Shouldn't that have been a no ball?
A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
FOUR! CLUBBED! Full and around off, Jarvis backs away and hammers this straight back over the bowler, one bounce and into the fence.
Full and outside off, Mutumbami backs away and carves it over cover. Three runs taken.
Shafiul Islam again. 2-0-12-2 so far.
Good yorker there. Perfect from Saifuddin. Jarvis can do nothing here as he goes for a hit. But the ball is out of his reach. The keeper does the rest behind the wickets. 88/7
Saifuddin follows the batsman as he bowls a fuller one and Jarvis fails to get under the ball to take the blow on his thigh.
Jarvis punches this length ball from Saifuddin to covers.
BYE! Slower short ball by Saifuddin. He sees the batsmen charge and dishes out the slower one. But Rahim fails to collect it cleanly and the batsmen cross ends for a bye.
On a length and around off, Jarvis slashes it to point for a single.
Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
Mohammad Saifuddin returns. 2-0-6-1 so far.
Full and around off, Richmond defends this watchfully. 16 from the over, spoiling Shakib's figures to 4-0-28-1. 86/7
Great shot again! Tossed up outside off, Mutumbami steps back and smashes it over the bowler again, one bounce and into the fence!
SIX! Better than the previous shot! Full and outside off, Mutumbami comes down the track again and sends it sailing over the bowler!
SIX! CLOBBERED! Full and outside off, Mutumbami comes down the track and sends it sailing over long on!
Backs a long way to the leg side and Shakib follows him, on the stumps. Richmond throws his bat at it but gets a thick inside edge back to the bowler.
Full and outside off, Mutumbami comes down the track to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
Flatter one around middle and leg, Mutumbami flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. 70/7
Flighted around off, Jarvis pushes it to long on for a single.
Flighted around off, Mutumbami pushes it to long on for a single.
Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
Kyle Jarvis walks in at number 9, replacing Madziva.
OUT! A run out now. Sold a dummy down the river. Full and outside off, Madziva drives it towards cover and calls his partner for a quick single. But Mutumbami is the least bit interested. Madziva is halfway down the track but has to return. Shakib, in the meanwhile, collects the ball and returns the throw quicker to Rahim, who breaks the stumps, with Madziva diving. It is referred upstairs but replays confirm the worst.
We have a run out appeal here! Looks like Madziva is well short of his ground. Yes, replays confirm.
Full and around off, Madziva comes down the track to defend but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball and is hit on the pads. Bangladesh appeal but the batsman was way too far down the track.
On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run. 66/6
The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
Full and outside off, Mutumbami looks to play the reverse sweep but the ball hits the toe end of the bat back to the bowler.
The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot. They pick up a single. Leg bye signalled by the umpire.
On middle, this sweep is played well towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
Full and outside off, in fact, Madziva reaches out and sweeps it on the full, dragging it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
Shakib Al Hasan returns. 2-0-8-1 so far.
Outside off, eased through mid on for a single. 61/6
Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a couple.
The batsman dances down the track but decides to defend it.
A huge shout for LBW. Turned down. Landed outside off, the googly, Madziva looks to pull but misses and is hit on the stomach. Hawk Eye shows the impact to be outside off.
Full and outside off, Mutumbami looks to play the reverse sweep but misses. The ball goes past Rahim and the batsmen sneak a bye. Wait. The umpire gives it as runs. Did it hit the glove?
Comes down the track, takes it on the full and pushes it towards long on for a single.
Landed outside off, dabbed to third man for a single. 56/6
A bouncer again, Madziva ducks.
Nicely done. Mutumbami arches back and Mustafizur follows him. A short ball, but Richmond deftly guides it towards third man for a run.
SIX! Oh terrific shot! Full and outside off, Mutumbami gets down on a knee and slogs it over wide long on! 50 UP FOR ZIMBABWE, albeit with some effort.
A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
Mustafizur Rahman returns. 1-0-12-0 so far.
Outside off, Mutumbami slashes hard and gets a thick outside edge which flies past second slip towards third man. Two runs taken. 47/6
Landed outside off, Madziva punches it straight to cover. But the fielder runs back and fumbles, allowing an easy single.
Neville Madziva walks in at number 8, replacing his skipper.
OUT! LBW! That is plumb in front. Islam gets the breakthrough. He gets the ball to spin and spin sharply. Masakadza goes for the sweep but the ball goes past the inside edge and raps him on the pads. Initially it looked that there was an inside edge but the replays show that there was no edge and it hit him right in front. Zimbabwe losing the plot here and reaching 100 runs also looks difficult. The batsmen ponder over a review but decide against it. Hawk Eye shows that the impact is in line and hitting the stumps.
Flatter one and on off, Mutumbami pulls it off his back foot for a single towards mid-wicket.
WIDE! Aminul goes flatter and wide outside off, Mutumbami looks to reverse sweep it but fails to get close to the ball. Wide signaled by the umpire.
Flatter one outside off, Masakadza punches it off the back foot towards covers for a single.
Tossed up around off, Masakadza goes hard on the drive along the ground but Aminul fields in his followthrough.
Outside off, punched through the line for one. 41/5
Landed outside off, played through point for a run.
The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
Richmond Mutumbami walks in at number 7, replacing Burl.
OUT! Bowled! A played on now. Are we even going to get the full quota of 20 overs? Highly doubtful. On a length outside off, Burl looks to punch it through the off side but the ball nips back in, takes the inside edge, hits the pads and then touches the stumps.
Full and around off, Burl looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
Shafiul Islam is back on.
The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 37/4
Full on middle, driven through mid on for a single.
Outside off, punched off the back foot.
Ryan Burl walks in at number 6, replacing Mutombodzi.
OUT! CAUGHT! What a day for Aminul! He gets his maiden T20I wicket. He tosses one up and Mutombodzi looks to go up and over but he fails to middle it. He gets the elevation but not the distance and the man at long off takes it without any fuss. Najmul Hossain Shanto it is. Zimbabwe in dire straits.
Masakadza drives this flatter one through mid on for a single.
Tossed up around off, Masakadza pushes it back to the bowler.
Aminul Islam comes on to bowl his leggies now.
SIX! Length and around middle, Mutombodzi flicks it with ease over mid-wicket and the ball goes for a maximum. That did not hit the middle of the bat still it managed to get the maximum result. 34/3 at the end of the Powerplay. Bangladesh were 55/2 at this stage. 34/3
The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
Another one on the pads and Mutombodzi flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
Fuller one on the pads, Mutombodzi flicks it to mid-wicket for a couple.
Good bowling! Rahman bowls one outside off, Mutombodzi looks to flick it towards the leg side but the extra bounce means the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
Length delivery and around off, Masakadza cuts it to point for a single.
WIDE! Good stop by Rahim behind the wickets. Rahman bowls one on a length and around leg stump and the ball moves further down leg where Rahim dives to his left and saves a certain boundaruy
The Fizz is here. Mustafizur Rahman into the attack.
Outside off, punched off the back foot for a run. 22/3
The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
Good stop by the fielder. Masakadza comes down the track to go over the mid on fielder. He mistimes it and the ball just goes over the man. The fielder runs back and slides to pull the ball back in. Three runs taken.
Comes down the track and works it through the line for a single.
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
Full and around off, Mutombodzi comes down the track to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. There is an appeal for LBW but it is turned down. He was way too far down the track.
Shakib Al Hasan gets a change of ends now. 1-0-2-1 so far.
Outside off, punched straight to cover. 16/3
FOUR! Wow. What a shot. A length outside off, Masakadza gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers. Not a soul moves. Pin drop silence in the stadium!
FOUR! BRUTAL! A short ball outside off, Masakadza pulls it wide of mid on, aerially and finds the boundary!
Full and outside off, driven through the covers. Excellent stop by the fielder.
Landed outside off, played straight to point.
Tinotenda Mutombodzi walks in at number 5, replacing Williams.
OUT! Caught! Another one goes. Sean Williams comes and goes. A short one and around off, Williams pulls it away but straight to the man at mid-wicket. A simple catch for Afif Hossain and Zimbabwe are in a mire now.
Shafiul Islam into the attack.
Masakadza defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 8/2
FOUR! First boundary for Masakadza and Zimbabwe. Saifuddin bowls a fuller one around off, Masakadza lofts it down the ground towards the long off fence for a boundary.
On a fuller one and outside off, Masakadza looks to defend it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
On a length and around off, Masakadza works it back towards the bowler.
Length and outside off, Williams cuts it to point and gets off the mark.
On a length and on middle, a hint of swing too for Saifuddin. Williams works it to mid-wicket.
OOHHH... HOW CLOSE WAS THAT? Landed outside off, Masakadza looks to defend but the ball takes the inside edge and rolls back on. Hamilton has no idea where the ball is as it ricochets off his back leg. Tick, tick, tick and almost onto the off stump! Just misses it. 3/2
Full and around middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
Around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
Sean Williams walks in at number 4, replacing Chakabva.
OUT! BOWLED! Oh dear. Zimbabwe are in a whole heap of trouble early on. Full and around off, Chakabva comes down the track and swings wildly, without even getting to the pitch of the ball. Is nowhere near the delivery and misses. Timber.
Around off, solidly defended.
Full and around middle, pushed through mid-wicket for a single.
Interesting. Shakib Al Hasan to share the new ball with Saifuddin.
Zimbabwe off the mark! Masakadza runs this length ball outside off towards third man and gets a single. 1/1
Regis Chakabva walks in.
OUT! CAUGHT! Saifuddin gets the first one. He has been doing this for quite a long time for his team. Taylor stays leg side to this length ball outside off and looks to go big. But fails to get under the ball and gets it off the bottom half of the bat. The ball goes high up and Shakib Al Hasan the skipper standing at mid off gobbles it up with ease. A wicket on the board without a run being scored.
Good fielding! Saifuddin has saved a certain boundary off his own bowling. He bowls on a fuller length and around off, Taylor drives it crisply down the ground only to be fielded by the bowler in his followthrough.
Once again Taylor staying leg side and waiting for the ball. Saifuddin bowls on a length and outside off, Taylor pushes it to covers.
Length and around off, Taylor pushes it to point.
Serves it on a length and outside off, Taylor pushes it with an angled bat to cover-point.
We're back for the run chase. Debutant Aminul Islam gets his cap from Mushfiqur Rahim. Now, the Bangla Tigers are taking the field. Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza are the openers for Zimbabwe. Mohammad Saifuddin to begin proceedings with the ball. He struck on the first ball against Afghanistan in the last match. Can he do it again? Let's find out...