The series has packed so much drama that it’s only appropriate for it to come down to the wire and get decided in the final match of the series. And all of that has been made possible due to Zimbabwe’s impressive win, their first of this multi-format tour, in the second T20I.
It’s not as if Zimbabwe were completely poor in all the matches they lost before. They pushed the tourists pretty much all through the ODI series but things came together for them only in the last game. The batters put together a tidy little score of 166, to which Wesley Madhevere was the highest contributor (73).
Then, the bowling unit, spearheaded by the increasingly impressive Blessing Muzarabani but well-supported by Wellington Masakadza, did their job too. There were no lapses in the field either as the Africans hung on to pretty much all that went up in the air.
Bangladesh have been pushed at times by the young and inexperienced on this tour but they always found a way to let their superior talent translate itself in victories. That changed in the last game when Bangladeshi fielders had their worst game of the tour, and then the batters could not chase down what was not the biggest target in the world by any means.
The loss is unlikely to ring any alarm bells as the tourists had win every single game of the tour prior to that defeat. Also pleasing to them will be the fact that they have won some of those matches from a difficult position – something that always builds the character of a team.
Mustafizur Rahman has been carrying an ankle injury the past few matches but is unlikely to miss the final outing of the tour.