ZIM vs BAN, 1st T20I: Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in the first match, take a 1-0 lead in the series, half-centuries from Sikandar and Madhevere

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ZIM vs BAN, 1st T20I

Highlights

  • Sikandar Raza and Madhevere hit half-centuries for Zimbabwe
  • Bangladesh lost by 17 runs in the first match
  • Zimbabwe lead 1-0 in the series

ZIM vs BAN, 1st T20I: The start of Zimbabwe tour for Bangladesh was disappointing. In the opening match between the two teams in Harare on Saturday, hosts Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 17 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Zimbabwe successfully defended the score of 205 in this match and restricted Bangladesh to 188.

Liton Das’s runout was heavy

Chasing Zimbabwe’s target of 206 runs, Bangladesh’s team did not start well and in the second over, their opener Munim Shahryar returned to the pavilion after scoring four runs. Liton Das (32) and Anamul Haque (26) together handled the innings and made quick runs and shared a 33-ball 58 for the second wicket. Liton Das was looking in good form and scored 32 runs in 19 balls but he was run out in an unfortunate manner in the seventh over. After this, Anamul Haque and then Afif Hussain (10) also returned to the pavilion soon.

Nurul Hasan could not win

Bangladesh’s team was at one point in trouble after losing four wickets at 106. But after this Najmul Hossain Shanto (37) and captain Nurul Hasan (42 *) put together a strong partnership and added 40 runs in 21 balls. Najmul got out in the 16th over. After this the captain tried to score fast but could not win the team and Bangladesh team could only score 188 runs in 20 overs for the loss of six wickets.

Fifties of Sikandar and Wesley

Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat first. But it didn’t have a good start either. Regis Chakabwa was dismissed in the third over after scoring eight runs. After this, captain Craig Irvine (21) scored fast but failed to play a big innings. However, at the other end, Wesley Madhevere (67) played a quick knock before retiring heart and scored 67 runs in 46 balls. After him, Sean Williams made 33 in 19 balls and then Sikandar Raza played an unbeaten innings of 65 runs in 26 balls to take the team’s score to 205 and set a huge target in front of Bangladesh.

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