Bangladesh escaped with a three-run victory over Zimbabwe in the T20 World Cup at the Gabba on Sunday, but not before having to return to the middle to bowl one more ball amid a crazy turn of events.
The Tigers looked to have completed the win when Zimbabwe’s Blessing Muzarabani, needing five runs to steal victory for his side, skipped out of his crease, took a wild slog and missed the ball, resulting in a stumping.
The Bangladesh and Zimbabwe players shook hands, and just about all of them were off the field, but the dismissal was being reviewed.
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The T20 World Cup match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe concluded in extraordinary fashion. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
The review showed wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan had taken the ball in front of the stumps, so the dismissal was overturned, a no-ball was called and Zimbabwe was awarded a free hit, prompting the players to return to their positions on the ground.
Muzarabani had to score four runs from what was actually the final delivery of the game, but he missed the ball with another big swing.
“Oh my goodness!” Pommie Mbangwa had said when the stumping was overturned.
“Imagine this. The stumps must go back into the ground, the stumps must go back into the ground. The players don’t even know this. They’re all off the field … oh man!
“Confusion here in the Gabba as all the spectators had celebrated (or) decided, ‘Well, that’s that. It’s over. Away we go’. Despair for the Zimbabwean fans and now hope again.
“You could not script the drama!” Mbangwa added when the result was eventually confirmed.
“Brilliant here in Brisbane.”
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Bangladesh had batted first and registered 7-150, with opener Najmul Hossain Shanto peeling off 71 runs from 55 balls.
Sean Williams went close to rescuing Zimbabwe after arriving at the crease at 2-17, plundering 64 from 42. The veteran was run out by an exceptional piece of fielding from Shakib Al Hasan off his own bowling.
Richard Ngarava hammered a six over fine leg in the last over to send the Zimbabweans in the crowd crazy, but the scenes that followed left the passionate fans deflated.
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