Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I: Bangladesh learn from their mistakes to chase 193 to clinch the series
Bangladesh learnt from their mistakes in the last match to chase 193 to clinch the T20I series against Zimbabwe today in Harare.
Zimbabwe - 193/5 (20 overs)
Bangladesh - 194/5 (19.2 overs)
Result: Bangladesh won the match by 5 wickets
Zimbabwe opener Tadiwanashe Marumani found the trick on the Harare pitch and played fluently to score 27 off 20 deliveries. Wesley Madhvere looked in his usual fine touch and played a good hand at the top of the order. As a result of this tremendous start by the openers, Zimbabwe scored 63 runs in the powerplay overs.
Regis Chakabwa came in at number 3 and played like a champion. He hit as many as 6 sixes in his brilliant innings of 48 in 22 balls. Madhvere also made a handy contribution of 54 in 36 balls.
In the death overs, Ryan Burl scored boundaries to all directions of the ground and made 31 off 15 balls. On the back of these phenomenal efforts, Zimbabwe reached the highest total of the tournament, 193 for 5 in 20 overs.
Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Tadiwanashe Marumani, 5.6 ov), 2-122 (Regis Chakabva, 11.1 ov), 3-125 (Sikandar Raza, 11.5 ov), 4-146 (Wessley Madhevere, 15.1 ov), 5-175 (Dion Myers, 18.1 ov)
Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Naim came in to open the innings for Bangladesh. Sarkar hit a couple of boundaries in the first 2 overs. Blessing Muzarabani once again struck early on in his first over with the prized wicket of Mohammad Naim Sheikh. At this point, Bangladesh were 20 for 1 and they needed a special effort to get over the line with the new man Shakib Al Hasan at the crease.
Both Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar played fearlessly and kept moving the scoreboard. Shakib Al Hasan hit Luke Jongwe for 2 consecutive sixes in the 8th over and Bangladesh were all of a sudden looking strong for the chase. However, he couldn't carry on the fireworks as he got holed out to long on in the same over. Bangladesh were 70 for 2 at this point, with 124 more needed off 74 balls. The game still looked evenly in balance with Mahmudullah coming in at number 4.
Soumya Sarkar held one end very strong and stitched a valuable partnership of 63 runs with Mahmudullah to bring Bangladesh back into the game. Sarkar got dismissed at 68 when Bangladesh were 133 for 3. Afif Hossain struck two huge sixes before getting out to Wellington Masakadza. Mahmudullah played an anchor's role and kept finding the singles and doubles to keep the fielding team guessing. He soon started punishing the bad deliveries on offer and Bangladesh were simply cruising towards the target. Shamim Hossain at number 6 carried on his form and struck some important boundaries towards the end to get Bangladesh closer.
The equation was reduced to 13 needed off 12 balls with Shamim and Mahmudullah batting with composure and aggression. Blessing Muzarabani got rid off Mahmudullah in the 19th over but the job was almost done with Bangladesh needing just 7 off 8 balls. Shamim Hossain hit the winning runs in the 20th over to win the match for Bangladesh by 5 wickets.
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Mohammad Naim, 2.2 ov), 2-70 (Shakib Al Hasan, 7.4 ov), 3-133 (Soumya Sarkar, 13.3 ov), 4-150 (Afif Hossain, 15.4 ov), 5-187 (Mahmudullah, 18.4 ov)
Bangladesh- Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Shamim Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah (c), Soumya Sarkar, Nurul Hasan, Afif Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed
Zimbabwe- Wesley Madhvere, Sikandar Raza (c) Tadiwanashe Marumani, Dion Myers, Regis Chakabwa, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara
Start Time: 11am
Toss: Zimbabwe won toss and elected to bat first.
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Officials: Langton Rusere, Forster Mutizwa, Iknow Chabi
©Cricket World 2021