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Afif comforts Bangladesh with thrilling win against Zimbabwe

Young Afif Hossain blasted an enchanting fifty pulling the unlikely 3 wicket win for Bangladesh.

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Afif comforts Bangladesh with thrilling win against Zimbabwe
Afif Hossain scored 26 ball 52. Photo: Raton Gomes

Bangladesh claimed a breathtaking victory in the opening encounter of the tri-series against Zimbabwe, defeating the tourists by 3 wickets at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Friday night.

Young Afif Hossain blasted an enchanting fifty pulling the unlikely win for the team. Chasing quite a substantial total of 145 in the rain curtailed 18 overs, Bangladesh reached into 148 losing 7 wickets with two deliveries to spare in the innings.

It was Zimbabwe who bettered the competition for most of the time in the game, the hosts seized the win standing upon the 82 run partnership between Afif Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain in the seventh wicket partnership.

19-year old Afif reached into his maiden half century striking eight fours and a six. With a strike rate of 200, he played only 26 balls. He hold the breath when Bangladesh were reeling at 60 losing 6 wickets.

Mosaddek Hossain well accompanied Afif with a 30 off 24. The home team needed 15 off their last 12 deliveries; Neville Madziva managed to dismiss Afif with Masakadza taking the catch, Saifuddin finished things off with 6 in a couple of deliveries.

Earlier, the match made a delayed start due to wet outfield after a great amount of Autumn shower. Bangladesh won the toss and sent the opposition to bat first.

Zimbabwe, although lost their opener Brendan Taylor early, started in substantial manner from the second wicket partnership that stood for 44 runs between Hamilton Masakadza and Craig Ervine.

Skipper Hamilton Masakadza strengthened Zimbabwe’s position with a 26-ball innings in the middle. He was the second highest scorer for the team scoring 34 flicking 5 fours and a six.

Zimbabwe, at one stage, were reduced to 62 for 5 but Ryan Burl started striking against all odds with his superlative power hitting. He went after Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan taking as many as 30 runs in a single over counting three boundaries and three over-boundaries.

Burl’s 32 ball 57 contained a total of five fours and four sixes which eventually turned around the show for Zimbabwe. They eventually finished with a prominent total of 144 in 18 overs losing 5 wickets.

 

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