It was a chase that never really took off for Zimbabwe. First strike in the first over, second in the second and third in the third. From thereon, they were never really in the chase. Even Richmond Mutumbami’s 32-ball 54 was nothing but extending the inevitable. They were eventually bundled out for 136, losing by 39 runs, but not before playing out their full quota of overs. With this result, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have secured their places in the final.
WICKET Richmond Mutumbami falls, becoming Shaiful Islam’s third victim. The end is near for Zimbabwe. Just a matter of formality from hereon.
FIFTY Richmond Mutumbami has stroked a half-century, reaching the mark in only 31 balls. However, his contribution is unlikely to do any good to the team’s cause as they are heading towards a defeat.
WICKET Madziva is run out and Zimbabwe’s slide continues. They have struggled to have a grip on their innings in this chase, and with this wicket, they find themselves reeling at 66 for 7.
WICKET Zimbabwe’s slide continues. Two more – Tinotenda Mutombodzi and Ryan Burl – fall, and now half their side is already back in the dugout. 37 for 5 in 7.2 overs.
WICKET Make that three. Shaiful Islam joins the party. Sean Williams is out for 2. Zimbabwe is in all sorts of trouble. 8 for 3.
WICKET Another one goes. Shakib Al Hasan gets a wicket for himself now. Regis Chakbva out for a duck. And we’re only nine balls down in the chase.
WICKET Mohammad Saifuddin has struck. After four dot deliveries, he has Brendan Taylor caught by Shakib Al Hasan for a duck. No runs on the board and the first wicket is down.
Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza have walked out to open the chase for Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has pulled back slightly with a few of late wickets. However, Mahmudullah’s 62 paved way for a handy 175-run total, which should leave the game well-poised if the Zimbabwe batters come out well. Kyle Jarvis was the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of 3 for 32.
Kyle Jarvis has just snared the wickets of Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain off consecutive deliveries in the final over and is now on a hat-trick
FIFTY Mahmudullah has played a superb inning tonight, and it’s his innings that have largely cushioned Bangladesh after a mid-collapse and taking them towards a handy total. He reaches his landmark with a fourth six of his innings, pulling a short delivery over the backward square leg boundary. Read More