Bangladesh are currently playing a must-win game against Papua New Guinea eyeing up a qualification spot in the main round of ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Their skipper Mahmudullah was controversially ruled out after dramatic events followed his dismissal. The Tigers in the end scored 181/7 in their 20 overs with the skipper scoring a fifty.
Batting on 50, Damien Ravu bowled a waiste-high full toss which was caught in the deep square leg boundary by Chad Soper. Though the ball seemed to be below the waist height, on-field umpire Kumar Dharmasena decided to go to third umpire Chris Gaffaney for a final check.
However, after that in a dramatic turn of events and, Gaffaney first gave the batter ‘not out’ before changing his mind and judging him ‘out’. It all led to complete chaos as the big screen for a moment showed ‘not out’ and then showed ‘out’ seconds after that. Mahmudallah himself went smiling back to the pavilion after the overall confusion ended with a decision going against him.
Mahmudullah Wicket Creates Confusion
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Mahmudullah walked out to bat at number five against PNG with his side on 72/3 after 10.2 overs. He scored 50 off just 28 balls and along with Afaf Hossain (21) and Saifuddin (19) took the team score past 180 in the final overs.
Bangladesh lost their previous game against Scotland to go on the backfoot. They also have an inferior net run-rate and thus need to win by a big margin to go get the number one spot in the points table.
Two teams each from the two groups will qualify for the main round which starts from October 23.