During Bangladesh’s home match against Zimbabwe, pacer Mustafizur Rahman bowled 23 back-to-back dot balls. The two nations and Sri Lanka are currently participating in a tri-series tournament in Dhaka. Zimbabwe were at 58 for four and struggling to get going. The African side were scoring less than three runs per over, such was the Bangladesh bowlers’ performances. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan bagged two wickets each and restricted them. Then came Mustafizur came in to bowl in the 14th over. The danger man was Sikandar Raza, who was on strike. Raza, reached 2,000 ODI runs in this match and had hit Mortaza’s last ball for a six. But against Rahman, it was a different storystruggled immensely against Fizz.
The left-arm bowler aimed several deliveries across the right-hander and beat him on several occasions. Wizening up, Raza opted to leave the last delivery of the first over alone. Raza was up against Mustafizur ‘Fizz’ Rahman for three straight overs, and each time he could not crack him open.
In Rahman’s fourth over, Raza’s luck turned and it was teammate Peter Moor’s turn to face the Bangladeshi. Rahman bowled five more dot balls before Moor finally scored one past him. Moor drove a full-length delivery outside off stump for a single. Mustafizur’s dot ball streak was up to 23 as he conceded just one run from his four overs.
In the meantime, Bangladesh put down the Zimbabwe challenge and bagged their third bonus point win. The Tigers won by 91 runs in the fifth match of the tri-series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The bowling trio of Shakib Al-Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman terrorised the Zimbabwe batting. Rahman even snagged a couple of wickets of his own.
Zimbabwe still have an outside shot of reaching the final if Sri Lanka lose to Bangladesh when they face them on Friday, January 25th.