Tigers take 1-0 lead outplaying Zimbabwe by 48 runs
Dhaka: Riding on the fiery batting efforts by Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar, the high-flying Tigers outplayed Zimbabwe by 48 runs in the first match of the two-match T20I series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Sent into bat first after losing the toss, Bangladesh posted a comfortable 200 runs.
In reply, Zimbabwe were bundled out for 152 runs in 19 overs to lose the match by 48 runs.
Zimbabwe were never in a position to offer a threat to the hosts as they lost veteran Brendan Taylor in the second over while replying to a big total of 200 runs. Shafiul Islam drew first blood removing Taylor for one from five deliveries.
The tourists lost two more wickets before posting 50 runs on the board. Craig Ervine was the second to get dismissed. He fell prey to Mustafizur Rahman for eight off nine balls with one four while Wesley Madhevere sent to the dressing room trapping into a run-out.
Sean Williams and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe added 32 runs in the fourth wicket stand when Zimbabwe stuttering at 37 for three wickets. Leg-spinner Aminul Islam Biplob earned the breakthrough removing Kamunhukamwe and Williams in successive two deliveries.
Eventually, Zimbabwe tumbled for 152 all-out in 19 overs as the sealed the game by 48 runs.
Tinashe Kamunhukamwe was the highest runs scoring 28 while Sean Williams (20), Richmond Mutumbami (20), Donald Tiripano (20) and Carl Mumba (25) also contributed with the bat. - AP