Taskin Ahmed and Blessing Muzarabani fight: Emotions got the better of the two fast bowlers from Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
During the second day of the one-off Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Harare, Zimbabwe fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani and Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed were involved in an on-field heated exchange.
It all happened after the fourth delivery of the 85th over when Ahmed successfully managed to leave a pinpoint short delivery from Muzarabani. What seems to have irked Muzarabani was the manner in which Ahmed did a bit of a dance step on the pitch after managing to sway away from the line of the delivery.
The frustration of Zimbabwean bowlers not being able to pick a ninth wicket was evident from Muzarabani’s actions as he went straight into Ahmed to utter a few words. In response, Ahmed too didn’t shy away from saying a few words.
While the ninth-wicket partnership was just above 30 runs at that point in time, Mahmudullah and Ahmed went on to put together a record 191-run partnership for the ninth wicket. In what was his maiden Test half-century, Ahmed contributed with a valiant 75 (134) comprising of 11 fours.
Playing a Test after more than a year, Mahmudullah scoring a career-best 150* (278) with the help of 17 fours and a six played a titular role in Bangladesh posting 468/10 in 126 overs after being reduced to 132/6 on Day 1.
With bowling figures of 29-4-94-4, Muzarabani was the pick of the Zimbabwean innings in the first innings. Other than Muzarabani, Donald Tiripano and Victor Nyauchi also picked a couple of wickets each.
Taskin Ahmed and Blessing Muzarabani fight
Now this is something!
Muzarabani and Taskin get into each other’s faces!
— Shihab Ahsan Khan (@shihabahsankhan) July 8, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
An Asian tailender in a Test in Africa rattling up a fast bowler with a little dance…. where have seen that before?! pic.twitter.com/PengS7UFwY
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) July 8, 2021
Sparks fly on the 2nd morning.
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) July 8, 2021
The most intimidating kind of face-off that’s also intimate 😂😀
Scenes from the #ZIMvBAN Test match on day 2 as Blessing Muzarabani and Taskin Ahmed faced off shortly after Taskin produced a dance move after defending a delivery.#Cricket pic.twitter.com/QjbdA8ysVo
— CricXtasy (@CricXtasy) July 8, 2021
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