Bangladesh in Zimbabwe, 3 T20I Series, 2021

Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh - 1st T20I

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare

Date & Time: 22 July 2021

Bangladesh 153/2

RR: 8.12 | Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Mohammad Naim not out not out 635160
Soumya Sarkar run out (Wellington Masakadza / Regis Chakabva)run out (Wellington Masakadza / Regis Chakabva)504542
Mahmudullah run out (Blessing Muzarabani)run out (Blessing Muzarabani)151210
Nurul Hasan not out not out 16811
Liton Das
Shakib Al Hasan
Mahedi Hasan
Afif Hossain
Mohammad Saifuddin
Mustafizur Rahman
Shoriful Islam
Extras 9 (b 0, lb 0, w 6, nb 3)
Total 153 (2 Wkts, 18.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
102-1 (Soumya Sarkar,13.1), 123-2 (Mahmudullah,16.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Blessing Muzarabani3.5 0 19 0 5.43
Wesley Madhevere3 0 24 0 8.00
Richard Ngarava4 0 46 0 11.50
Luke Jongwe3 0 28 0 9.33
Sikandar Raza2 0 16 0 8.00
Wellington Masakadza3 0 20 0 6.67

That is that from this match. Bangladesh once again have dominated the home team and are looking too strong for them. The second T20I is on Friday, 23rd July 2021 at 12.30 pm local (10.30 am GMT). Do join us in advance for the build-up. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!

Mahmudullah, the winning captain of Bangladesh, (on his promotion in the batting order) says that the situation was such that they needed 8-run-an-over and he wanted to show some intent. Credits the openers for a superb start and praises the bowlers for coming back strongly. Adds that if you look at the stats, the chasing team has won the last 7-8 games here and also the wicket was looking good for batting. Adds that they have a good batting depth, so chasing is always a good idea. Hopes that they will come with the same intent in the next game.

Soumya Sarkar is chosen for the Man of the Match award for his all-round show.

Sikandar Raza, the captain of Zimbabwe, says that they were looking at 170-plus but they fell short but feels that they have plenty to gain from this match. Adds that the lower order and the middle-lower order didn't fire and not to bat the last over was criminal. Tells that if they avoid the mistakes done in this match, they will be good to go in the next match. Opines that they have to stick to their bowling plans a bit longer and not panic. Hopes they will be a lot calmer in the next game, especially at the death. Wants to stick to his plans and attack the batsmen with the new ball.

Presentation time...

Zimbabwe have themselves to blame for this loss. They started brightly with the bat and were going great guns with Regis Chakabva leading the charge. At the halfway mark, the hosts were 91/2 and were looking set to reach a total close to 200. However, things changed drastically after that. The Bangla Tigers roared back into the match and started to pick wickets at regular intervals. All of a sudden, Zimbabwe lost the plot and their innings nosedived. In the last 10 overs, they managed only 61 runs and ended up losing all the 8 remaining wickets. A big collapse and as a result, Bangladesh didn't have a big target to chase.

A commanding win for Bangladesh and they take an early lead in the series once again. In pursuit of 153, the Bangla openers smashed a century stand and put the chase to bed very early. The pair of Sarkar and Naim started cautiously in the first three overs but then opened their arms. They played plenty of delightful shots on their way to a match-winning partnership. Zimbabwe's bowling was flat, to say the least as they struggled for breakthroughs. They did show some intensity in the field towards the end but the match had already slipped away from them by then.

18.5
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Mohammad Naim, FOUR! What a way to end, with a BANG! It's pitched up on off and Naim lofts it over mid off for a boundary to seal the win. BANGLADESH WIN BY 8 WICKETS!
18.4
2
Blessing Muzarabani to Mohammad Naim, Short ball around off, guided nicely wide of third man for a couple. Just the solo run needed now!
18.3
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Nurul Hasan, Slower one, bowled on a length outside off, Hasan pushes it off the front put towards covers for one.
18.2
6
Blessing Muzarabani to Nurul Hasan, SIX! Blessing Muzarabani aims for the blockhole but it's a full toss on off, Nurul swings his bat and whips it over square leg for a biggie.
18.1
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Mohammad Naim, Fuller in length and around off, Naim hammers it off the inner half over mid on for a single.
17.6
1
Richard Ngarava to Mohammad Naim, Length ball outside off, sliced down to backward point for one.
17.5
2
Richard Ngarava to Mohammad Naim, Slower ball, bowled full, Naim pushes it back to the bowler who fails to collect and the batsmen scamper through. Unnecessary shy at the stumps results in an extra run.
17.4
4
Richard Ngarava to Mohammad Naim, FOUR! Pitched up on middle, Naim moves aside and opens his arms to slog the ball to the deep mid-wicket fence.
17.3
1
Richard Ngarava to Nurul Hasan, Back of a length on middle, pulled powerfully but straight to deep mid-wicket for one.
17.3
0
Richard Ngarava to Nurul Hasan, WIDE! Slower one drifting down leg and Hasan misses the flick. Wided. Free Hit to continue.
17.3
0
Richard Ngarava to Nurul Hasan, NO BALL! Follows the batsman and bangs it in short, Hasan misses the pull and is hit on the shoulder. No Ball called for overstepping. Free Hit time!
17.2
2
Richard Ngarava to Nurul Hasan, Full outside off, driven through covers for a couple.
17.1
4
Richard Ngarava to Nurul Hasan, FOUR! Short ball on middle and Hasan pulls it nicely towards deep mid-wicket to start off with a boundary.
16.6
1
Wellington Masakadza to Nurul Hasan, On the pads and Nurul helps it to square leg for a single.
16.5
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mohammad Naim, Short and on middle, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
16.4
1
Wellington Masakadza to Nurul Hasan, Flatter and outside off, Nurul walks across and scoops it behind the keeper for a run.
16.3
0
Wellington Masakadza to Mohammad Naim, OUT! RUN OUT! Brilliant yorker on middle, Naim manages to inside edge it down to short fine leg and Mahmudullah calls for a single. Slight hesitation but a direct hit at the keeper's end and the skipper is gone! Sensational bit of fielding by Blessing Muzarabani and no need to go upstairs as the Bangla skipper was well short.
16.2
0
Wellington Masakadza to Mohammad Naim, Length ball on middle, Naim shuffles to scoop it but fails to connect.
16.1
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Tossed up on off, Mahmudullah tries to sweep but top edges it down to fine leg for one.
15.6
3
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, Run out chance, missed! Very full and around leg, Mahmudullah digs it out off the inner half to long leg and they go for the third run. The fielder fires in a throw at the keeper's end as Mohammad Naim dives. Regis Chakabva fails to collect the ball.
15.5
0
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, Backs away to pull the short ball but misses.
15.4
0
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, That is a cracking pull off the back foot, but for no run.
15.3
1
Luke Jongwe to Mohammad Naim, Very full and wide again, Naim reaches to dab it towards short third man for one.
15.3
0
Luke Jongwe to Mohammad Naim, Wide! Very full outside off, Naim tries to reach out but fails to connect. Given as wide!
15.2
1
Luke Jongwe to Mahmudullah, Back of a length on middle, Mahmudullah plays it to deep mid-wicket for one.
15.1
1
Luke Jongwe to Mohammad Naim, Full outside off, Naim reaches out and plays it towards third man for a single. That's FIFTY for Naim. He has batted beautifully today.

Bowling change. Luke Jongwe (2-0-21-0) comes back in.

Mohammad Naim is receiving some treatment. He had hurt himself while trying to dive inside the crease on the 4th ball of the previous over.

14.6
2
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Short and on off, pulled in front of square leg for a brace. 38 needed off 30 balls.
14.5
0
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Quicker and fuller outside off, Mahmudullah tries to sweep but misses. They appeal but the impact is outside off.
14.4
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mohammad Naim, RUN OUT CHANCE! Missed. A tossed up ball landing full on middle, Naim flicks it to deep square leg and completes a single. He wants the second run also and starts to run for it without looking at his partner. Naim realizes late that Mahmudullah is not interested and has to turn and run. Meanwhile, the throw comes to the bowler's end and Sikandar Raza intervenes before it can reach the bowler. He fumbles too and deflects it away. Naim gets the chance to dive safely inside the crease. Had Sikandar allowed the ball to go to the bowler, it would have been a simple run out chance.
14.3
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Skidding down the leg side, tickled behind square leg for a run.
14.2
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mohammad Naim, Flatter and shorter on middle, pulled to deep square leg for a single.

Bowling change. Wellington Masakadza is back in to roll his arms.

14.1
1
Wellington Masakadza to Mahmudullah, Flighted and outside off, Mahmudullah drills his drive down to long off for one.
13.6
1
Richard Ngarava to Mahmudullah, Follows the batsman down the leg side with a fuller length ball, Mahmuduall eases it to deep square leg for one. 8 runs and a wicket from it!
13.5
1
Richard Ngarava to Mohammad Naim, Short in length around leg, pulled down to fine leg for one.
13.4
1
Richard Ngarava to Mahmudullah, Short in length on off, Mahmudullah pulls it over square leg for a run. The skipper is looking in a rush.
13.3
0
Richard Ngarava to Mahmudullah, Around off, angling away, Mahmudullah shuffles across to push it on the off side but it takes the inner half and rolls back to the bowler.
13.2
4
Richard Ngarava to Mahmudullah, FOUR! Mahmudullah is immediately on the attack. Charges down the track to a shortish ball and clubs it over the bowler's head for a boundary.

Who will come in next? It's going to be the skipper, Mahmudullah in at number 3!

13.1
1
Richard Ngarava to Soumya Sarkar, OUT! Chakabva has pulled off a miraculous run out, Dhoni-esque. Sarkar gets run out while attempting the second run. What an excellent piece of work by the wicketkeeper. Full in length and around off, Sarkar closes the face of his bat and works it through mid-wicket. He rushes back for the second run and the fielder fires a flat throw wide of the stumps at the striker's end. Chakabva runs across to his right, doesn't collect the ball and instead flicks it onto the stumps without looking behind. The appeal is made and it's referred upstairs. The replays find Sarkar short of the crease. Spectacular work by Regis. A fine knock by Soumya nonetheless. 51 needed off 41 balls. 

Bowling change. Richard Ngarava has been brought back into the attack.