Watch: Bangladeshi fans turn on flashlight after power failure
There is something really special about Bangladeshi cricket fans that has never been in doubt i.e. their passion for cricket. No matter how the team plays, their fans still support them even in tough patches. It is also fair to say that Bangladesh have a loyal and massive fan base.
However, a recent incident which happened in Mirpur took the cricket fraternity by surprise. During the first T20I of the ongoing Bangladesh Tri-Nation series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, an unexpected power failure at the stadium forced the game to be halted in the first innings itself.
It all started after the penultimate over of the Zimbabwean innings when the visitors made a good comeback into the match. With the match coming to a pause, the fans present in the stadium turned on flashlights on their mobile phones only to lighten up the stadium.
A video which was uploaded by a fan has gone viral on the social media platform. The scenes look so marvellous as the whole stadium is seen covered with white lights.
Coming to the match point, Bangladesh aced the run-chase of 145 in the last over. It was indeed a match-winning 72-run liaison for the seventh wicket between Mosaddek Hossain (30*) and Afif Hossain (52) which saw the hosts clinching the match after being reduced to 29/4 in the 5th over.
Playing only his third T20I match, Afif scored 52 (26) with the help of 8 fours and a six to give his team a much-needed boost. The 19-year old southpaw was named the ‘Man of the Match’.
After Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and put Zimbabwe in to bat, the visitors scored 144/5 (18 overs). Ryan Burl (57) and Tinotenda Mutombodzi (27) stitched together an unbeaten 81-run partnership for the sixth wicket to post a good total on the board.