Bangladesh batting clicks but only just

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 19,2019


Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah plays a shot during their Tri-nation Twenty20 series match against Zimbabwe at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Wednesday.— BCB photo

Bangladesh rose from the slump of their previous two matches to put up 175-7 against Zimbabwe on Wednesday but their batting display was no way near perfect.

Liton Das and debutant Nazmul Hossain gave Bangladesh their best opening stand in the tournament so far, racing to 49 in just 4.4 overs.

The openers then went in consecutive overs and skipper Sakib al Hasan followed the pair soon to leave the team stranded on 65-3 in 7.2 overs.

Bangladesh faced similar batting collapses in their earlier two matches of the series, when they were reduced to 4-32 against Afghanistan and collapsed to 60-6 against Zimbabwe.

A remarkable partnership from Afif Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain saved them in the Zimbabwe match taking them to a narrow three-wicket win.

But against Afghanistan they couldn’t turn their favours around losing the match by 25-run.

Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t let the match slip away from Bangladesh’s hands, adding 78-run for the fourth wicket to take the score to 143-3 in 6 overs and set up a base for a launch in the final overs.

With a well-set pair in the middle Bangladesh would’ve hoped for a flurry in the final four overs creating a chance for a 200 plus score, but the home side couldn’t fulfil their expectation.

Mushfiq, although made 32 off 26 balls, never looked comfortable in the middle, getting a life when wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor dropped him on 29 but soon gave a simple catch to Taylor and Bangladesh were 4-143 in 16.3 overs.

The Tigers managed to accumulate only 41 runs in the last five overs, despite having a well-set Mahmudullah, who scored 62 off 41 balls, playing till the final over where he pulled a full-toss straight to a fielder’s hand.

Bangladesh finished on a score that came too much for Zimbabwe but they squandered the chance to bat the opposition out of the match.

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