Bangladesh lose by 10 runs as Zimbabwe claim first T20 series win against tourists

Zimbabwe keep calm to hold the Tigers at bay for their first T20 series win against Bangladesh

Syed Mahmud
Published : 2 August 2022, 01:35 PM
Updated : 2 August 2022, 01:35 PM

Bangladesh paid heavily for subpar batting and bowling to fall 10 runs short in their chase of Zimbabwe’s 156 and surrender the T20 series to the hosts in Harare.

Zimbabwe delivered a gritty allround show as a Ryan Burl onslaught followed by some measured bowling gave the hosts their first T20 series win over the Tigers.

Batting first after winning the toss, Burl (54 off 28 balls) clubbed 34 runs in an over off Nasum Ahmed to help Zimbabwe to post 156 for 8 in the series-decider at the Harare Sporting Club on Tuesday.

In reply, Bangladesh failed to stitch up any meaningful partnership as Afif Hossain’s unbeaten 39 off 27 balls pushed them as far as 146 for eight.

In-form Litton Das (13) looked good until Victor Nyauchi (3-29) held on to a low return catch before snaring the wicket of debutant Parvez Hossain Emon (2).

When Wessly Madhevere (1-14) castled Anamul Haque (14), Tigers were tottering on 34 for three in the fifth over.

Najmul Hossain Shanto (16) and Mahmudullah (27) tried to rebuild, but the run rate began creeping up. After Shanto’s dismissal, Mahmudullah cropped up 39 runs with Afif.

But Chris Evans (2-26) dealt a double blow by taking out the former captain and Mosaddek Hossain, the skipper for this match, in the 15th over.

Mahedi Hasan (22) prevented the hattrick ball and paired with Afif to take the equation to 26 off 12 deliveries with four boundaries and a six. But Craig Ervine brought back Nyauchi into the attack to dent the Tigers’ hopes.

Nyauchi took out Mahedi with a slower and conceded only seven runs in the penultimate over, leaving Bangladesh needing 19 runs in the last over before Luke Jongwe (1-16) wrapped up the landmark win.

Earlier, Zimbabwe began promisingly as openers Regis Chakabva (17) and skipper Ervine (24) blazed off the starting line.

Southpaw Nasum (1-40) sent Chakabva packing with a short delivery to give the breakthrough in the third over, but the batters remained poised with a boundary every over.

Offspinner Mahedi snared the wickets of Madhevere, who danced down the track to york himself for 5, and the dangerous Sikandar Raza in successive delivery in a double-strike maiden over.

He failed to complete his hattrick but the runs dried up. Sean Williams (2) gave in to the pressure as Mosaddek, who stood captain for an injured Nurul Hasan Sohan, outwitted him with a length delivery before Mahmudullah took out Ervine to leave the hosts tottering on 55 for five in the 10th over.

In at seven, Burl began watchfully and it was not until he lost Milton Shumba (4) at the other end that he launched his onslaught. Luke Jongwe provided (35 off 20 balls) impetus with a couple of boundaries off Hasan Mahmud to ease the pressure into the 15th over.

The 28-year-old Burl, adjudged Man-of-the-Match, launched Nasum over long on, deep midwicket and square leg for four sixes in as many balls to trigger memories of Yuvraj Singh’s feat against England in 2007.

But his slog in the fourth over crashed into the boundary ropes for a four before another heave over long off registered a maximum for an entertaining over. Burl reached his half-century with another six off Mahedi as Zimbabwe kept their foot on the gas into the death overs.

Seamer Hasan Mahmud (2-28) ended the 31-ball 79-run stand earning the scalp of Jongwe before taking out Burl.

Bangladesh were less than impressive in the field and spilled a couple of catches in the outfield.

Raza was adjudged Man-of-the-Series for his fine batting in the first two games.

The teams will now play a three-match ODI series starting Aug 5.

At the presentation ceremony, Mosaddek said: “ First 14 overs we were on top and the 15th over was the difference in the game. Afif struck [the ball] very well. Everyone knows how good we are in ODI's and hopefully do play well

“The penultimate over bowled by Nyauchi was a stellar one and 19 runs off the final over was going to be a tough ask. One could say that Afif buckled under pressure as the decision to take the single of the first ball of the over was a poor one.”

Ervine said: “We struggled a little bit upfront. That one over pushed the momentum back in our favour. We came up with the plan that our reserve players were as good as players in the XI. We could've easily fallen over today but the guys showed the fight.”

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