Bangladesh continue domination in T20I opener
Bangladesh have kept on their form against Zimbabwe as they take 1-0 lead in the two-match T20I series with a 48-run victory in the first match at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur.
Zimbabwe captain Sean William surprisingly sent Bangladesh into batting first after winning the toss. The opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das started with a blast for the hosts. The powerplay saw 59 runs for no loss.
Tamim-Liton pair put on 92 runs, the highest opening stand for Bangladesh in T20Is. Tamim fell to debutant Wesley Madhevere for 33-ball 41 runs.
Liton brought up his third fifty as he played eye-cating shots during his knock of 59 runs from 39 deliveries. He hit 5 fours and 3 maximums. Mushfiqur Rahim short stay lasted for just 8-ball 17.
Zimbabwe batting order was not able to cope up with the pressure from Bangladeshis. Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, on debut, made 25 at the top which was eventually the top score of the innings.
Brendan Taylor’s horror tour continued. He departed for 1 in the second over from Shafiul Islam. Skipper Williams managed 12-ball 20.
Bangladesh’s top wicket-takers Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam Biplob went for runs. Mustafizur gave 32 for 3 wickets. Leg-spinner Aminul leaked 34 in three overs for his 3 wickets. Afif Hossain was also among the wickets. He took the wicket of Sikandar Raza.
Zimbabwe were allout for 152 runs in 19 overs.
Bangladesh 200/3 in 20 overs (Soumya 62*, Liton 59, Tamim 41; Madhevere 1/15)
Zimbabwe 152/10 in 19 overs (Kamunhukamwe 28; Mustafizur 3/32, Aminul 3/34, Afif 1/18)
Bangladesh won by 48 runs
Man of the Match: Soumya Sarkar