Soumya Sarkar’s all-round performance helped Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by five wickets in the high-scoring contest in the final T20I match in Harare. Bangaldesh won the T20I series 2-1.
Bangladesh’s batsmen Mohammed Naim (left) and Soumya Sarkar run between the wickets (Courtesy: AFP)
- Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by five wickets to win T20I series
- Somya Sarkar bagged two wickets and scored a crafty fifty
- Bangladesh’s Shamim Hossain blasted a 16-ball unbeaten 31
Soumya Sarkar excelled with both bat and ball as Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets to clinch the three-match T20I series in Harare on Sunday.
Hosts Zimbabwe chose to bat first and raced to their second highest T20I tally of 193 for 5, thanks to 20-year-old opener Wessley Madhevere’s 36-ball 54 and experienced wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva’s 48 off 22.
Madhevere and Chakabva looked comfortable at the crease, with the right balance of attack and working through the gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking. Ryan Burl again contributed at the close of the innings with 31 not out off 15 balls.
Bangladesh seamer Soumya Sarkar took 2/19 from three overs, including the wicket of Chakabva.
Sarkar returned with the bat to lead Bangladesh’s run chase with a composed innings at the top of the order, cracking 68 runs off 49 balls, including nine fours and a six.
Shakib Al Hasan also scored a quickfire 25 off just 13 balls.
Captain Mahmudullah weighed in with an important 34 and then Shamim came to the crease to finish it off with a blistering assault on the home bowling.
Shamim Hossain blasted a 16-ball unbeaten 31 that helped Bangladesh eclipse Zimbabwe’s 193 with four balls to spare.
Zimbabwe: 193 for 5 in 20 overs (Wessley Madhevere 54, Regis Chakabva 48, Ryan Burl 31 not out; Soumya Sarkar 2/19, Shoriful Islam 1/27)
Bangladesh: 194 for 5 in 19.2 overs (Soumya Sarkar 68, Mahmudullah 34, Shamim Hossain 31 not out; Blessing Muzarabani 2/27)
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