Twitter Reactions: Mahmudullah and bowlers shoulder Bangladesh to the final

Twitter Reactions: Mahmudullah and bowlers shoulder Bangladesh to the final

19-year-old leg-spinner Aminul Islam Biplob ended with figures of 4-0-18-3 on debut.

Bangladesh.
Bangladesh. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Following a couple of jittery outings, Bangladesh turned up with a clinical show against Zimbabwe at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The Tigers won by 39 runs and also qualified for the final of the tri-nation series. It also meant that Zimbabwe were knocked out even as Afghanistan made their way through. The last league games will now be mere dead rubbers.

Mahmudullah plays a blinder

Zimbabwe’s decision to field first after winning the toss backfired on them as the hosts racked up a daunting score of 175 on the board. Liton Das (38) helped the Tigers clinch the ascendancy from the outset. He perished to Chris Mpofu after hitting four boundaries and a couple of sixes. Nazmul Hossain Shanto, making his T20I debut, couldn’t make an impact and fell prey to pacer Kyle Jarvis.

Shakib Al Hasan’s poor run with the bat continued and he became Ryan Burl’s first victim. From there on Mushfiqur Rahim (32) and Mahmudullah (62) took charge and added 78 for the fourth wicket. The latter notched his fifty off 37 balls and he got out to a full toss from Jarvis, who picked up three wickets. In his knock, Mahmudullah hit one four and cleared the ropes as many as five times.

Mutumbami wages a lone battle

Mohammad Saifuddin nipped out Brendan Taylor for a duck as Zimbabwe got off to a horrendous start. Regis Chakabva and Sean Williams didn’t trouble the scorers much. 19-year-old leg-spinner Aminul Islam Biplob had a dream debut as he pinned Hamilton Masakadza and Tinotenda Mutumbodzi in quick succession. Shafiul Islam removed the dangerous Burl in the eighth over.

Thereafter, Richmond Mutumbami (54) wielded his willow to good effect. He took only 30 balls to accomplish his half-century. His knock was laced with four fours and three sixes. Unfortunately, the big shots came at a time when the required rate had gone out of Zimbabwe’s reach. Kyle Jarvis (27) entertained for some time before getting out to Mustafizur Rahman. The visitors ended with 136.

Here is how Twitter reacted on Bangladesh’s thumping victory in Chattogram