Bangladesh‘s tailender Nasum Ahmed, on Tuesday, became only the second batsman in T20 World Cup history to be dismissed off a hit-wicket. He recorded this unwanted feat against South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje when the two met in their Super 12 encounter in Abu Dhabi.
Nasum Ahmed backed away, opening up on the leg side for a heave, but went too deep into his crease. Nortje remained straight with his line – a little outside leg-stump – delivering a thunderbolt at 147 KPH.
Looking to work the ball away, Nasum Ahmed, instead, smashed his bat on the top of his own leg-stump, getting out hit-wicket. Kenya’s David Obuya is the only other batsman to be dismissed in this mode in the men’s T20 World Cup – that incident was way back in 2007 versus New Zealand.
South Africa bowl Bangladesh out for 84:
After being asked to bat first, and after both the openers had hit a boundary each, Bangladesh were rattled by Kagiso Rabada, who struck thrice in the powerplay, dismissing Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, and Mushfiqur Rahim. Bangladesh managed 28/3 in the powerplay.
South Africa applied further pressure with regular strikes not letting any partnership flourish. Anrich Nortje had Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah and Dwaine Pretorius castled Afif Hossain.
It was then the turn of Tabraiz Shamsi to have his say: Liton Das, the opener who had survived the pacers, was out lbw to the leg-spinner and Shamim Hossain was caught in the deep. Taskin Ahmed then ran himself out to add further disappointment in the Bangladesh camp.
Nortje cleaned up the tail with two wickets in two balls. Mahedi Hasan emerged as Bangladesh’s top scorer with 27 runs as the entire side managed to put 84 on the board.