Bangladeshi off-spinner Mosaddak Hossain, playing only the 11th match of his T20 career, took only 7 wickets before this match, but now took more than half a wicket in a single innings.
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Bangladesh and Zimbabwe The tussle of the T20 series continues in between. In the first match of this series being held in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, the hosts surprised Bangladesh by washing them. Now in the second match, Bangladesh introduced Zimbabwe with their strength and returned to the series by winning the second T20 in a unilateral manner. Bangladesh’s victory seemed to be fixed only by the seventh over of the match, when Mosaddak Hossain single-handedly dealt with half of Zimbabwe’s team.
In this match played on Sunday 31 July in Harare, the hosts batted first and somehow scored 135 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. It seemed impossible for the team to reach here because its 5 wickets had fallen for only 31 runs and this devastation was caused by off-spinner Hossain.
If not by batting, then by bowling
Mosaddak Hossain’s identity in Bangladesh’s domestic cricket is to play big century innings. Before starting his international career for Bangladesh, Hossain also scored three big double centuries. Although his international career has been full of ups and downs, Sunday’s performance added to his importance in the team.
Instead of the bat, Hossain did wonders with his balls and took Zimbabwe’s top 5 wickets in the first few overs of the innings. In these four overs, Hossan spent only 20 runs and did not let any of his victims go to the double figures.
Earlier, Hossain had taken only 7 wickets in 11 matches of his T20 career, but now he has shown career best performance by hunting more than half in a single innings.
Litton Das smashed
In Zimbabwe, experienced all-rounder Sikandar Raza’s 62 runs and Ryan Burl’s 32 runs in the lower order achieved a score of 135. This score was by no means going to be very difficult for Bangladesh and the same thing happened. Bangladesh won by losing just 3 wickets in 17.3 overs on the basis of opener Litton Das’s quick 56 runs.