Video Highlights: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I

Nasir celebrating after hunting Ervine's wicket |
Nasir celebrating after hunting Ervine’s wicket

Khan Mutasim Billah Life

Bangladesh won the first Twenty20 against Zimbabwe by 4 wickets today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. It was not an easy way to go as Bangladesh had to work hard to pick up the victory. [Watch also: ৩য় ওয়ানডেতে সাব্বিরের উরন্ত ক্যাঁচ]

There were many ups and downs in that match and at last Bangladesh picked up their second T20 international victory against Zimbabwe. After winning the toss, Tiger’s skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza decided to bowl first though they won all three matches in ODI by batting first.

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Comparing to the third ODI’s squad, Bangladesh made two changes in the first Twenty20 International of the two match series. However, Mashrafe proved his decision right by picking Sikandar Raza in the first over himself.

Then Al-Amin came and picked up Chakabva’s wicket in the second over. Mashrafe again took the wicket of danger man Elton Chigumbura in the next over and sent Zimbabwe in the back foot.

Sean Williams and Craig Ervine made a steady partnership and tried to fill up the early damage. But Nasir came to bowl in the 9th over and broke the partnership by picking the wicket of Williams who scored 15 runs off 21 balls.

After that wicket, there was all about one man show. Malcum Waller came and stole the whole show by scoring a quick fifty from just 20 balls. Waller’s record fifty and his brutal assault upon Bangladesh bowlers enabled him to score 68 runs from just 31 balls, smashing 4 fours and 6 sixes.

Ervine, on the other hand, stayed at the crease to help Waller building up the partnership. But Mahmudullah took Ervine’s wicket and helped Tigers to pull back the Zimbabwean. Hitting for 17 in his first over, Jubair came back with 2 wickets of Jongwe and Madziva in his 2nd over.

After that, the new pace sensation Mustafizur came and took the wicket of Zimbabwe’s highest run scorer in the match Waller. Then Al-Amin picked up Cremer’s wicket and Mustafizur wrapped up the Zimbabwean innings by picking Panyangara’s wicket in the next over. Zimbabwe ended up at 132 run in 20 overs.

Mashrafe, Al-Amin and Mustafizur all took 2 wickets each while Nasir, Mahmudullah and Jubair picked up a wicket each.

Chasing a fighting total of 132 runs, Bangladesh didn’t start well after Anamul, who played his first match after ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, was run out for just 1 run.
Afterwards Sabbir Rahman, who promoted at no. 3, came at the crease and looked promising. But Chisoro took his wicket in the 6th over. Sabbir hit 3 splendid fours on the way to 18 runs off 16 balls.

In the next over, Cremer, the best bowler for the Zimbabwe in the match, picked up the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim. Then Nasir came and joined Tamim Iqbal who looked calm throughout his whole innings.

Tamim and Nasir made steady 25 runs in 4th wicket partnership. At 11th over, Bangladesh faced a mini collapse as Cremer came with Aladin’s magic lamp and took the wicket of Nasir and Tamim in one over.

But Mahmudullah Riad came again as a savior. Litton Das helped him by scoring 17 runs off 12 balls and sent Bangladesh to a safe situation. Chisoro got Litton’s wicket and gave a little hope to Zimbabwe to win the match.

But “Narail Express” Mashrafe Bin Mortaza along with Mahmudullah confirmed the victory for Bangladesh. Mashrafe finished the match in style by hitting a six in the 17.4 over and grabbed a victory of 4 wickets.

Mashrafe was also awarded the Best Bangladeshi Performer of the match by leading from the front with 2 wickets and 15 valuable runs. Cremer and Chisoro took 3 and 2wickets respectively for Zimbabwe. Malcolm Waller was adjudged Man of the Match for his splendid half century.

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