The ecstasy of beating former champions Pakistan on Thursday was followed by the agony of losing Sunday’s Super 12 match against Bangladesh despite Williams’ gallant innings of 64.
It was a chaotic finish at the Gabba, with Zimbabwe needing five runs off the last ball off spinner. Mosaddek Hossain.
Bless Muzarabani was first dismissed for being stumped but then recalled after replays confirmed Bangladesh wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan had gathered the ball in front of the stumps and not behind.
Muzarabani struck again but failed to connect with the free-hit delivery and Bangladesh wrapped up the see-saw Group 2 contest by three runs.
“It was extremely strange,” Williams told a news conference after the result dealt a blow to their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.
“Obviously I’ve never experienced anything like that in a cricket match before, but again it just goes to show in a T20 match there’s always a bit of hope – anything can happen.”
The stumps were pulled and Bangladesh players were already celebrating when they were recalled.
“The first time I realized there was a no-ball was actually when we walked out to shake the umpire’s hands and they told us to stop and the replay came on the big screen,” Williams said.
Zimbabwe, who washed out their match against South Africa, face the Netherlands and India in their remaining group matches.
Williams said it has been an eventful campaign for them so far, including Sunday.
“It’s an emotional rollercoaster all the way from the first ball to the last ball. A lot happens and you know there’s a lot of ups and downs and happiness and sadness through it all.
“Of course we are unhappy, but it is an attitude for us that we have to take the positives from today and move into tomorrow with them.”