Just a few days after the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, two T20I series got underway in Asia. The first one was between the Indian cricket team and the New Zealand cricket team that happened in India. The second one was between the Bangladesh cricket team and the Pakistan cricket team that took place in Bangladesh. The result of both series was one-sided. Mahmudullah and co. lost to Pakistan by 0-3, while India beat New Zealand by 3-0.
The final T20I match of the Pakistan vs Bangladesh T20I series happened earlier today in Dhaka. The Pakistan cricket team had already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series. They tried some new names in the third game, and the match went down to the wire. Bangladesh batted first and scored 124/7 in their 20 overs. Naim Sheikh scored 47 runs off 50 deliveries, while captain Mahmudullah failed to get going, scoring 13 runs off 14 deliveries. Mohammad Wasim was the best bowler for Pakistan, returning with figures of 2/15.
In the second innings, Pakistan got off to a slow start. Captain Babar Azam added 32 runs for the first wicket with Mohammad Rizwan in the first seven overs. Haider Ali’s 45-run knock took them closer to the target, but Bangladesh took the game to the final over.
Mahmudullah took 3 wickets in the final over
Pakistan needed eight runs to win off the last over. They lost Sarfaraz Ahmed’s wicket on the second ball. Haider Ali departed to the dressing room on the next ball. Iftikhar Ahmed then smacked a six on the hat-trick ball, but got out on the next ball. Two runs were needed off the last ball.
Mahmudullah bowled the delivery and it hit the stumps of Mohammad Nawaz. However, the batter moved and the ball was declared dead. Mahmudullah showed sportsman spirit and bowled another ball, which then went for a four. Twitterati praised him for his gesture. Here are the top reactions:
Hats off to Mahmudullah for his grace and sportsman spirit. Classy ! Nawaz was stretching it a bit with that last minute cop out.— Blue on Blue (@razzblues) November 22, 2021
🗣️ “I was looking down and he (Mahmudullah) delivered the ball. When the ball had come halfway, then I looked up and saw the ball, which is why I pulled out.” – Mohammad Nawaz#BANvPAK | #Cricketpic.twitter.com/zv0xaSHnAC— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) November 22, 2021
Clearly Nawaz wasn’t ready for this and thats why he opted not to play— Abdul Ghaffar (Replay, Dawn News) (@GhaffarDawnNews) November 22, 2021
But also good spirit here by Mahmudullah as he accept Nawaz answer and Carry on with a Last ball
Good Gesture and should be appreciated 👍#PakvBan pic.twitter.com/kS3CzhaEf5
Bangladeshi commentator “What a ball by Mahmudullah, He has completely undone the batsman, The batsman had no clue how to handle that delivery. This might be the ball of the century. He has completely bamboozled the batsman”— Subhan Abbasi (@RealAbdulSubhan) November 22, 2021
The batsman: pic.twitter.com/hyJ67J0rZm