WATCH: Zimbabwe miss double run-out chance in comedy of errors against Bangladesh in 4th T20I

May 11, 2024

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Bangladesh secured a hard-fought victory over Zimbabwe by a narrow margin of 5 runs in the fourth T20I of their five-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Friday. Despite setting a below-par total of 143 runs, the Bengal Tigers managed to defend it successfully, as Zimbabwe faltered against Bangladesh’s bowling attack, getting all out for 138 runs in 19.4 overs.

The highly charged encounter also saw a light-hearted moment when Zimbabwe’s fielders missed a straightforward opportunity for a run-out. The video capturing this amusing blunder has been circulating on social media, delighting fans with its comedic value.

Zimbabwe’s failed attempts of run-out leave fans in splits

During the 20th over of the match, Blessing Muzarabani delivered a slower back-of-a-length ball to Tanvir Islam, who defended it just beyond the bowler. Initially, there was a call for a quick single from Mustafizur Rahman, who was positioned at non-striker, but due to confusion, both batters hesitated momentarily before attempting the run again, creating a clear opportunity for a run-out.

However, the bowler failed to aim accurately at the stumps, resulting in the ball veering away from the wicketkeeper towards the third-man boundary, allowing the batters to sneak in an overthrow. More confusion between the Bangladesh players left them stranded at one end. A fielder threw the ball back towards the bowler’s end in an attempt to effect an easy run-out. Yet, despite having ample time and the ball almost within his reach, fielder Johnathan Campbell fumbled. He had a chance to gather the ball and dislodge the bails with the batter inches away from him, but he couldn’t execute the dismissal.

This momentary lapse provided a dual lifeline to Mustafizur leaving other Zimbabwe fielders incredulous at the missed opportunity.

Here is the video:

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Tanzid Hasan and Saumya Sarkar provide solid start to Bangladesh

After being asked to bat first, Bangladesh made a lively beginning, led by Tanzid Hasan‘s aggressive batting performance. Hasan compiled an impressive 52 runs off 37 balls, setting the tone for the innings. Meanwhile, Soumya Sarkar, batting at the other end, offered valuable stability, contributing 41 runs from 34 deliveries.

Zimbabwe’s bowling attack stuns the hosts

Under the leadership of Sikandar Raza, the Zimbabwean bowlers effectively slowed down Bangladesh’s scoring momentum, consistently taking vital wickets. Luke Jongwe‘s performance, securing 3 wickets for 20 runs, alongside Richard Ngarava‘s contribution of 2 wickets for 27 runs in his four overs, played a pivotal role in containing Bangladesh to a modest total of 143 runs within their stipulated 20 overs.

Also READ: Viral outrage- Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan caught assaulting selfie-seeking fan

Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman steal victory

Zimbabwe appeared bewildered during their chase, suffering early setbacks as Bangladeshi bowlers, spearheaded by the experienced duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur launched a relentless assault on their batting order. Shakib’s outstanding bowling display, claiming the figures of 3.4-0-35-4, combined with Rahman’s impressive spell of 4-0-19-3 of 3, shifted the momentum decisively in Bangladesh’s favour.

Also READ: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2024, T20I series- Date, Match Time, Venue, Squads, Broadcast and Live Streaming details

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