Burl, Nyauchi and Evans: The host team inspired a packed audience by rallying from 67 for 6 to defeat Bangladesh by 10 runs.
Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by 10 runs in the third game of the T20I series in Harare to secure their first victory over a higher-ranked team. To the delight of the packed spectators, the host team rallied from 67 for 6 to a respectable 156 for 8, then held Bangladesh to 146 for 8 in 20 overs.
Zimbabwe only recently defeated India to advance to the T20 World Cup. In a one-off game, they defeated the West Indies in 2010. They defeated Scotland 2-1 in 2021. And in 2019, they triumphed in a tri-nation competition in Singapore that included Nepal. But in bilateral T20I cricket, this is their first ever series victory over a Full Member.
At 76 for 6, with his team just hanging on, Ryan Burl scored 34 runs off Nasum Ahmed in the 15th, tying the second-highest total in a T20I over. He has experience with extensive overs against Bangladesh; three years ago, he scored 30 runs in one over off Shakib Al Hasan.
In the end, 79 runs in 5.1 overs by Burn and Jongwe even made it into the record books. In the history of T20 Internationals, no team has ever had their seventh wicket duo arrive at such a low total (67 for 6) and score at least 50 runs at such a high strike rate.
Bangladesh lost three early wickets due to the heavy hitting, and they went 49 balls without recording a boundary after that. They never really recovered from the tremendous hitting. However, they also made a few mistakes, beginning with the first.
When Mosaddek Hossain failed to replicate his performance from the previous game, Bangladesh lost an early opportunity. Part-time bowler Mosaddek started the match by taking five wickets in an uninterrupted opening stint, including two in the first over. However, Mustafizur Rahman was Bangladesh’s starting bowler in this match, and he gave up a four on the opening ball.
After that, Mahedi Hasan and Mosaddek gave up 8 and 15, respectively, off the following two overs, including two fours and a six. It’s possible that Mosaddek thought his five-wicket haul was an anomaly, but starting the innings with the offspinner wouldn’t have been a significant loss. Fortunately, Regis Chakabva was caught trying to clear the cover fielder in the fourth over by Nasum, giving Bangladesh the early lead.
Zimbabwe is defeated by Ms:
The visitors increased their control with a twin strike from Mahedi in the sixth over. He took Sikandar Raza and Wessely Madhevere off successive deliveries. After Mahedi yorked Madhevere, Raza, the hot batsman with two 60+ runs in the previous games, top-edged a sweep.
Sean Williams and Craig Ervine were then removed by Mosaddek and Mahmudullah in back-to-back overs. Williams made just two runs before hitting one down deep midwicket’s neck, and captain Ervine was stumped by Mahmudullah even though wicketkeeper Anamul Haque initially fumbled the ball. Milton Shumba, who was caught behind off Mustafizur and became Zimbabwe’s sixth wicket, was caught this time by Anamul, who made an incredible catch.
Jongwe and Burl go big:
Jongwe smashed Hasan Mahmud for two fours in the 14th over despite Zimbabwe’s vulnerable situation at 67 for 6, even if the second one was a gift from sweeper Afif Hossain who let it slip between his legs.
Then Burl hit Nasum for five sixes and a four, bringing the monster over. The left-arm spinner was thrown over the square leg boundary for three more sixes after he hammered one over long-on to start the over. Nasum slid in a faster ball under pressure to prevent another six, but Burl was up to the challenge and hammered him for a straight four. Burl then took Nasum over long-off for the fifth six, changing the game’s outcome as he did so while pumping his fist.
Before both batters smacked a six off Mahedi’s 17th over, Jongwe followed it up with two fours in the following over. To score his second six, Jongwe next placed Mustafizur high over long-on.
Burl has now participated in five of the six instances in which a Zimbabwean duo has amassed 75 runs or more for the seventh wicket or less.
The brace of Mahmud falters in heavy hitting:
After having Jongwe sky cover for 35 in the 19th over, Mahmud ended the assault. Burl then sliced one down to long-on, where Litton Das took a straightforward catch. His second game bat was broken, with the lower portion breaking off as he attempted to block the delivery.
Mahmud and Mustafizur held Zimbabwe quiet in the final two overs, allowing only 10 runs to be scored after scoring 79 runs in the first five overs. After Mahmud’s two-for, Mustafizur gave up six runs in the final, but he too might have picked up a wicket had Afif not missed a simple opportunity from Brad Evans.
Nyauchi leads the squeeze in Zimbabwe:
Victor Nyauchi, who was playing in his maiden game of the series, dismissed both Bangladesh’s openers, Litton and the rookie Parvez Hossain Emon, in his first two overs. Before Emon hit Shumba at mid-on, Litton fired back at Nyauchi as he tried to turn his wrists on a length delivery.
The batsman was again guilty of playing it safe in a T20 chase as Anamul was the next to fall after missing a half-tracker from Madhevere. Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mahmudullah accumulated 26 runs at a rate of 5.57 per over before the former scooped one into Jongwe’s hands at short fine-leg due to three early wickets that allowed Zimbabwe to slow down the game.
Evans’s devastating blows:
When Big Brad Evans was brought back for his third over, he used shorter length deliveries to dismiss both Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain. As he attempted to hammer the ball into the ground, Mahmudullah nicked off. Afif and Mahmudullah’s potential fifth-wicket stand was broken by it. The following ball, stop-gap captain Mosaddek had no idea how to handle Evans’ bouncer and top-edged it to his helmet before throwing it into the wicketkeeper’s gloves.
Raza then entered the fray with two significant catches. After the all-rounder had briefly resisted with his 17-ball 22, he first caught Mahedi’s slog to deep midwicket. When Hasan Mahmud hit one to him in the final over, Raza took the catch at long-off.