Bangladesh survived a dramatic final over to pull off a narrow three-run win against Zimbabwe in the T20 World Cup, where the officials, in a rare incident, called the players back from the dug out to complete the contest after realising that Nurul Hasan’s stumping in the final ball was not clean, here Sunday.
Bangladeshi players were celebrating after Zimbabwe’s Blessing Muzarabani, who was required to hit a six in the final ball for a famous win, missed the ball and was stumped by Nurul Hasan.
However TV replays showed that Hasan had collected the ball in front of the wicket, which is against the rules, hence Zimbabwe were awarded a free hit and all the players were called back for final action.
Zimbabwe now needed four runs to win.
The nonplussed players, who had walked off the field after shaking hands, thinking that Bangladesh had won, assembled again.
Zimbabwe could not cash in on the chance and no further drama followed as Muzarabani again missed the ball and finally Bangladesh rejoiced the victory.
Zimbabwe were chasing 151 and fell short by three runs.
It was opener Najmul Hossain Shanto who smashed seven fours and one maximum in his 55-ball 71-run knock and single-handedly powered Bangladesh to a competitive 150 for 7.
In reply, Zimbabwe lost too many wickets to find themselves in the dumps at 35 for 4 in the sixth over, but Sean Williams conjured up a magnificent 42-ball 64-run innings to revive the chase.
He was dismissed in the 19th over, leaving Zimbabwe to get 16 in the last six balls.
Hossain then bowled the most important over of his career as he dismissed Brad Evans (2) in the second ball but Richard Ngarava slammed him for a four and a six in the next two balls to keep them in the hunt.
Hossain, however, had Ngarava stumped in the next ball as Zimbabwe needed five off the last ball.
The unprecedented scenes followed after that but eventually Bangladesh survived.
It was Bangladesh’s second win in the tournament following their 104-run loss to South Africa, while Zimbabwe suffered their first loss in the super 12 stage.
Bangladesh (4) are now in the second spot in the points table with two more games to go, while Zimbabwe (3) find themselves in the fourth position.
Earlier, pacer Muzarabani dismissed Soumya Sarkar (0) and Litton Das (14 off 12) in his opening spell to give Zimbabwe a great start.
Shanto, who had hamstring trouble in the initial stage and also survived a run-out scare, forged a 54-run stand with skipper Shakib Al Hasan (23 off 20) before adding 36 runs with Afif Hossain (29 off 19). The duo punished the bowlers whenever they bowled short or too full and the Zimbabwe fielders also looked sloppy as Bangladesh managed to find the boundaries easily.
Zimbabwe had an awful day on the field as they were guilty of miss-fielding, missing run-out chances and dropping catches.
They took a gamble by introducing left-arm spinner Sean Williams into the attack and it paid off as he got rid of Shakib, who top-edged a slog-sweep and was caught by a diving Muzarabani.
Shanto, however, continued to dominate as he completed his maiden fifty in T20 format in the 13th over with a single.
He sent Evans for a leather hunt, clobbering him over long-on for the first six of the innings, before picking up two more fours to accumulate 17 runs in the 16th over.
It was Sikandar Raza, who got rid off Shanto with skipper Craig Ervine taking the catch.
While Richard Ngarava bowled a tight next over, Afif was dropped by Evans at deep mid-wicket in the 19th over off Sikandar Raza and the batter made good use of the chance, producing a big slog-sweep for a six as 12 runs came of the over.
In the last over, Bangladesh lost three wickets.
In total, Bangladesh scored 87 runs in the last 10 overs.
Defending the total, Taskin Ahmed (3/19) and Mustafizur Rahman (2/15) did most of the damage early on before Hossain picked up two wickets in the final over. P
Teams: Bangladesh: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (w), Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Taskin Ahmed.
Zimbabwe: Wesley Madhevere, Craig Ervine (c), Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (w), Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, Brad Evans, Blessing Muzarabani.