Bangladesh push Zimbabwe out of the Final's race with 39-run comprehensive win
Three wickets from Shafiul Islam and two each from Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam broke the back of Zimbabwe's batting line-up.
Bangladesh won by 39 runs
Bangladesh complete an impressive 39-run victory over Zimbabwe!— ICC (@ICC) September 18, 2019
The result means that Afghanistan and Bangladesh will contest the tri-series final next Tuesday.
Shafiul Islam ended with career-best T20I figures of 3/36 ?? ?? pic.twitter.com/6oAbK0wGx5
Batting first, the opening partnership of Najmul Hossain Shanto and Liton Das started well for Bangladesh, taking them to a 49-run start. Two wickets then fell in quick succession but Mushfiqur Rahim (32) and Mahmudullah (62) took matters in their own hands.
The stage was nicely set but Bangladesh's last few batsmen were not able to capitalise. Despite that, they put up 175 runs on the board. Kyle Jarvis and Chris Mpofuof were the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe, sharing five wickets between them.
Zimbabwe's chase never really kicked off as they were reduced to 8-3 at one point. Wickets kept falling for them at regular intervals as they found themselves at 66-7 in a duration of just a few overs.
Bangladesh are on fire in the field ?? ?? ??— ICC (@ICC) September 18, 2019
They've reduced Zimbabwe to 2/2 after the first nine balls of their run chase.
A long way back for them now. #BANvZIM | FOLLOW LIVE ?? https://t.co/4sMDZkYmpk pic.twitter.com/swcBSJBq9a
Had it not been for the half-century from Richmond Mutumbami, their margin of defeat would have been bigger.
Mohammad Saifuddin bowled tight line lengths and conceded only 14 runs from his four overs but it was the three wickets from Shafiul Islam and two each from Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam that broke the back of Zimbabwe's batting line-up.
Bangladesh- Najmul Hossain Shanto, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Aminul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Zimbabwe- Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami, Sean Williams, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Neville Madziva, Kyle Jarvis, Ainsley Ndlovu, Chris Mpofu
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