Clinical Tigers take 1-0 lead in T20I series

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Bangladesh Tour of Zimbabwe 2021

First T20I

Venue : Harare Sports Club, Harare

Toss : Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat first.

Zimbabwe : 152/10 in 19 overs (Chakavba 43, Myers 35, Madhevere 23; Mustafizur 3/31, Shoriful 2/17, Saifuddin 2/23)

Bangladesh : 153/2 in 18.5 overs (Naim Sheikh 63*, Soymya 50, Sohan 16*)

Result : Bangladesh won by 8 wickets.

Player of the Match : Soumya Sarkar.

Bangladesh were off to a flying start to the T20I series with a dominating 8-wicket win against Zimbabwe. Chasing 153, Soumya Sarkar and Naim Sheikh’s record 102 runs partnership powered Bangladesh to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. Second match of the series will be held on tomorrow (July 23).

A new look Bangladesh side witnessed couple of changes from the ODI series.

Zimbabwe won the toss and they opted to bat first. The hosts lost opener Marumai early but Madevhere and Chakabva added 64 runs in the second wicket. Shakib broke the partnership by dismissing Madevhere on 23.  Chakabva too then gone for 43 and bowlers slowly fought back in the match.

Only Myers managed to score big while Zimbabwe kept losing wickets on the other end. Mayers 22-ball 35-run knock helped them score past the 150 runs mark before all out with one over to spare. Mustafizur Rahman scalped 3 wickets for 31.

In reply, Soumya and Naim dismissed any hope for Zimbabwe to make a comeback as the pair went onto score 102 runs. It is now the highest opening partnership for the Tigers in T20Is. Soumya was run out after scoring 50.

Skipper Mahmudullah came early but he too run out for 15. But the chase was always on smoothly thanks to a solid 61 runs knock from Naim who remained unbeaten till the end. Sohan was the other unbeaten batsman on 16 as Bangladesh sealed the match 7 balls in hand.

Soumya named the man of the match.