Youngster Afif Hossain snatches Bangladesh T20 win over Zimbabwe
Bangladesh’s Youngster Afif Hossain hit 52 of 26 balls when Bangladesh survived a scare to beat Zimbabwe by three wickets in the opening match of the three-nation T20 tournament in Dhaka on Friday.
Youngster Afif Hossain who was batting at number eight hit eight fours and a six in his fifty-year international maiden who guided Bangladesh to 148-7 in 17.4 overs after the hosts restricted Zimbabwe to 144-5 in the 18 overs match per rain side.
The host’s team Bangladesh looked down when they lost their first six wickets for 60-runs before Afif, 19-years-old, shared 82 runs for the seventh wicket with Mosaddek Hossain to turn the match around.
Neville Madziva fired Afif in the innings final, but Mohammad Saifuddin took six runs off his next two balls to complete the win, which ended Bangladesh’s six-match losing streak in all formats.
Mosaddek, who provided brilliant support to Afif at the record stand, was undefeated in 30 of 24 balls.
Afif’s performance overshadowed an excellent effort by Ryan Burl, who hit 57 of 32 balls to help Zimbabwe recover from 63-5 to a competitive score.
Burl also claimed a wicket with his bowling alley and took an impressive catch in the field before Zimbabwe let the momentum escape.
“(I) Was trying to be positive from the front and I was excited to play, after all this time I had the opportunity,” said Afif, the man of the match, who played only his second international Twenty20 and first in almost two. Years.
Zimbabwe’s captain, Hamilton Masakadza, praised his team’s performance in a losing cause.
“The back boys did well to get us a total fight. Ryan (Burl) hit the ball well and had a brilliant game today,” he said.
Burl hit five fours and four sixes in his first T20I fifty and crashed 30 races in one over Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan.
Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Saifuddin and Mosaddek claimed a wicket each for Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe will face Afghanistan in their next match of the tournament in the same place on Saturday.
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