Nasum concedes the most expensive T20I over for a Bangladeshi
Bangladesh left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed was taken for 34 runs in an over by Zimbabwe batter Ryan Burl during their third and series-deciding T20I at the Harare Sports Club today. And with that, Nasum became the Bangladeshi player to have conceded the most runs in an over in a T20I.
Left-handed Burl struck Nasum for a total of five sixes -- four on the trot in the first four deliveries -- and a boundary in the 15th over, changing the course of the innings and shifting the momentum towards Zimbabwe, who had lost six for 67 runs in 13 overs.
Burl was also responsible for taking 30 runs off an over of Shakib Al Hasan during a T20I in Mirpur in 2019. Burl had hit Shakib for three fours and as many sixes in an over in that game. Bangladesh, however, went on to win the game by three wickets.
Nasum also became only the second bowler ever to concede 34 runs in T20Is. India's Shivam Dube also conceded 34 runs in an over as he was belted by New Zealand's Ross Taylor and Tim Seifert for four sixes and two boundaries in an over during a T20I at Mount Maunganui in 2020.
Nasum's 34, however, is not the most runs given away in an over in T20Is. England's Stuart Broad and Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya both were hit for six sixes off an over by India's Yuvraj Singh and West Indies' Keiron Pollard in the 2007 T20 World Cup and a T20I match in 2021, respectively.
Before Nasum, the unwanted record for conceding most runs in a T20I over as a Bangladeshi belonged to pace-bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin. Saifuddin was taken for five consecutive sixes and a single off the final delivery, accounting for 31 runs in an over, by David Miller during a T20I against South Africa in Potchefstroom in 2017.
Going back to today's game, despite losing wickets in clusters in the middle overs, Burl's rampage saw Zimbabwe post a competitive total of 156 for eight. Burl and Luke Jongwe combined for a quick-fire 31-ball 79-run stand for the seventh wicket.
Burl picked up his second T20I fifty, scoring a rapid 28-ball 54, laced with six maximums and two boundaries, while Jongwe smashed a 20-ball 35 to help Zimbabwe's cause.
Pacer Mustafizur Rahman and skipper Mosaddek Hossain remained crucial with the ball for Bangladesh, both conceding 22 runs in their four overs for a solitary wicket each.