A few days after ICC T20 World Cup 2021, two T20I series kicks off in Asia. The first was between the Indian cricket team and the New Zealand cricket team which occurred in India. The second was between the Bangladesh cricket team and the Pakistan cricket team which took place in Bangladesh. The outcome of both series was one-sided. Mahmudullah and co. they lost to Pakistan 0-3, while India beat New Zealand 3-0.
The last T20I match of the T20I Pakistan vs Bangladesh series took place today in Dhaka. The Pakistan cricket team had already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-game series. They tried a few new names in the third game, and the match went to the limit. Bangladesh beat first and scored 124/7 in their 20 overs. Naim Sheikh scored 47 points out of 50 deliveries, while captain Mahmudullah was unable to leave, scoring 13 points out of 14 deliveries. Mohammad Wasim was the best bowler for Pakistan, returning with figures of 2/15.
In the second inning, Pakistan got off to a slow start. Captain Babar Azam added 32 points for the first wicket with Mohammad Rizwan in the first seven overs. Haider Ali’s 45-point shot brought them closer to target, but Bangladesh took the match to the final.
Mahmudullah took 3 wickets in the final over
Pakistan needed eight points to win the last over. They lost Sarfaraz Ahmed’s wicket on the second ball. Haider Ali went to the locker room to the next dance. Iftikhar Ahmed then scored a six on the hat-trick but went out on the next ball. It took two runs from the last ball.
Mahmudullah launched the delivery and hit the stumps of Mohammad Nawaz. However, the batter moved and the ball was pronounced dead. Mahmudullah showed sporting spirit and threw another ball, which then went to four. Twitterati praised him for his gesture. Here are the main reactions:
– Trends in Pakistan 🇵🇰 (@trendinpk) November 22, 2021
– ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 22, 2021
Hats off to Mahmudullah for his grace and sporting spirit. Classy! Nawaz was stretching a little with that last minute cop.
– Blue on Blue (@razzblues) November 22, 2021
🗣️ “I was looking down and he (Mahmudullah) delivered the ball. When the ball came in halfway, I looked up and saw the ball, which is why I withdrew. “- Mohammad Nawaz#BANvPAK | #Cricketpic.twitter.com/zv0xaSHnAC
– Basic cricket (@grassrootscric) November 22, 2021
– Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) November 22, 2021
Clearly Nawaz wasn’t ready for this and that’s why he chose not to play
But also good spirit here from Mahmudullah as he accepts Nawaz’s response and continues with one last ball
Good gesture and should be appreciated 👍#PakvBan pic.twitter.com/kS3CzhaEf5
– Abdul Ghaffar (Replay, Dawn News) (@GhaffarDawnNews) November 22, 2021
– Nabeel Hashmi (@iNabeelHashmi) November 22, 2021
– Mohsin Masood 🇵🇰 (@mohsinmasud) November 22, 2021
– احبّ جـــــــی🇵🇰 (@ReallAsad) November 22, 2021
Bangladeshi commentator “What a Mahmudullah ball, he completely nullified the batter, the batter had no idea how to handle that delivery. This could be the ball of the century. He completely fooled the hitter “
The batter: pic.twitter.com/hyJ67J0rZm
– Subhan Abbasi (@RealAbdulSubhan) November 22, 2021