Like most games in this edition of the T20 World Cup, there was drama in the Super 12 clash between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on Sunday. It was a thrilling contest between the two sides as the Shakib Al Hasan-led side registered a three-run win in Brisbane. However, in a strange turn of events, the players were called back after the last delivery of the match looked like it was being bowled – it turned out not to actually be a ball, as wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan collected the ball in front of the stumps. before removing the guarantees.
Bangladesh looked to have won the match but the last delivery was replayed; it did not change the result as Blessing Muzarabani failed to score from a free kick which resulted in the side losing.
Interestingly, Zimbabwe’s last match against Pakistan was also decided on the last delivery; the result, however, favored Craig Erwin’s side. As Pakistan required three runs from the last ball, the batsmen could only manage one before Shaheen Afridi was run out. A video of former Zimbabwean cricketer Pommy Mbangwa commentating on the last ball of the match has gone viral, with many praising Zimbabwe’s passion.
During Sunday’s final drama between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Mbangwa’s on-air performance went viral again. Commentator Isa Guha posted a video of Mbangwa’s emotional reaction to the players being called on for the last ball of the match – Watch:
How fans reacted:
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat at the Gabba, posting a competitive score of 150/7 in 20 overs; Nazmul Shanto was the team’s top scorer with 55 deliveries off 71 runs, while Afif Hossain finished with 29 runs off 19 balls.
For Zimbabwe, Shaun Williams led the runs with 64 off 42 deliveries after a poor start from the side; however, his attempt was futile as the side fell short by 3 runs.