Zimbabwe in Bangladesh 2 T20I Series, 2020

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe - 2nd T20I

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Date & Time: 11 March 2020

Bangladesh 120/1

RR: 7.57 | Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 9 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Liton Das not out not out 604580
Mohammad Naim c Tinashe Kamunhukamwe & b Chris Mpofu c Tinashe Kamunhukamwe & b Chris Mpofu 333450
Soumya Sarkar not out not out 201602
Mushfiqur Rahim
Mahedi Hasan
Afif Hossain
Mohammad Saifuddin
Hasan Mahmud
Al-Amin Hossain
Mustafizur Rahman
Extras 7 (b 1, lb 2, w 4, nb 0)
Total 120 (1 Wkts, 15.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
77-1 (Mohammad Naim,10.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Wesley Madhevere3 0 20 0 6.67
Chris Mpofu3.5 0 27 1 7.71
Carl Mumba3 0 26 0 8.67
Charlton Tshuma1 0 10 0 10.00
Sean Williams3 0 16 0 5.33
Sikandar Raza2 0 18 0 9.00
Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 0 0 0 0 0
Brendan Taylor 0 0 0 0 0
Craig Ervine 0 0 0 0 0
Richmond Mutumbami 0 0 0 0 0
Tinotenda Mutombodzi 0 0 0 0 0

That's it from this game and series. Bangladesh were too good for Zimbabwe in all the three formats. They won the only Test comprehensively and then swept the ODI series 3-0 and now, in the T20I series they have completed the Banglawash. That's all we have from Zimbabwe's tour of Bangladesh from our end. For now, it is goodbye from our side.

Bangladesh skipper, Mahmudullah, says that the way they have performed consistently, he is really proud of the team. Praises the performance of Das and tells that he showed consistency and hunger for runs. Tells that debutant Mahmud bowled really well too along with the other bowlers.

Liton Das is named Man of the Match for his excellent knock. He also gets the player of the series as well for twin half tons in both the games. He says that he is very proud of his performance. Says that he has changed his mindset and approach in the recent past. Tells that Tamim Iqbal has helped him a lot with regards to his batting.

Zimbabwe skipper, Sean Williams, says that things didn't go positive but they need to be positive. Feels that things change quickly in the T20Is. Tells that they will go back home and reflect on the things that went wrong in the series. Expresses that even the individuals will have to figure out what they are bringing into the team. Praises Taylor's effort with the bat. Feels that as senior players, they need to lead from the front.

Earlier in the game, after being asked to bat first, Zimbabwe lost the first wicket early but Taylor and Ervine forged a partnership. However, after Ervine's wicket, none of the other batters could do anything of value. Eventually, Taylor's half ton could only take them to 119. The hosts were superb with the ball throughout as they picked up wickets at regular intervals. Apart from debutant Hasan Mahmud, all the bowlers bagged atleast a wicket to their name. And eventually, the hosts walked the talk with the bat to win the series 2-0. Stay tuned for the presentation...

There is nothing much to talk about the bowling from Zimbabwe. Their batters didn't give them enough runs on the board to defend. However, they would've loved to have 3-4 wickets under their belt but all the three batters were just too good for them as they easily milked them for runs.

Zimbabwe had a very small total to defend and against the in-form Liton Das, it was always going to be a tough ask. Das and Naim stitched a brilliant 77-run opening stand and made sure the visitors didn't even get a sniff in this match. Naim fell but Sarkar joined Das and took the side home without any further damage.

As we said earlier, the way Das has worked in this entire series, this could be a walk in the park for Bangladesh and that's how it turned out. Just 1 wicket lost and Das stays unbeaten on 60 to help the side take the T20I series 2-0.

C Mpofu to S Sarkar, Quick single and that is enough for Bangladesh to seal the deal. Shortish and outside off, Sarkar guides it towards point and takes a quick run. Bangladesh win by 9 wickets.
C Mpofu to S Sarkar, Full and outside off, Sarkar goes for the drive away from his body to miss out.
C Mpofu to S Sarkar, SIX! Short and Sarkar hammers it! Bangladesh just a hit away! Short and on middle, Sarkar goes on the back foot and powers it way over the deep square leg fence for a maximum.
C Mpofu to S Sarkar, Short and wide outside off, it is cut towards point where the fielder fumbles but no run taken.
C Mpofu to L Das, Short and around off, Das pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
C Mpofu to L Das, WIDE! Down the leg side from Mpofu. Das looks to flick but misses. The bowler appeals for the caught behind but the umpire stretches his arms to signal it wide.

Chris Mpofu is back for his final over. He has so far conceded 18 runs and taken 1 wicket in his 3 overs so far.

S Williams to L Das, On the pads, this time Das works it towards fine leg for a single.
S Williams to S Sarkar, On the pads, Sarkar flicks it behind square leg for a single.
S Williams to L Das, Short and outside off, Das punches it towards sweeper cover for a run.
S Williams to L Das, Third dot in a row as Das pushes this full ball back to Williams.
S Williams to L Das, Flatter and on middle, Das tries flicking but ends up getting a leading edge towards the off side.
S Williams to L Das, Huge appeal for LBW but that looked to be going down the leg side. It is the quicker one from Williams on the pads. Das looks to defend but he misses to get hit on the pads. A huge appeal from the bowler but nothing from the umpire. Zimbabwe have already lost their review.

Sean Williams is back on.

W Madhevere to S Sarkar, SIX! A maximum to end the over! Madhevere drops it short and around off, Sarkar rocks on the back foot and hammers it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. 12 more needed.
W Madhevere to L Das, Shortish and just outside off, Das guides it wide of the short third man fielder for a run.
W Madhevere to S Sarkar, Short and wide outside off, this one is cut towards point for a single.
W Madhevere to S Sarkar, Quicker one outside off, Sarkar once again tries to force it towards the off side to get beaten.
W Madhevere to S Sarkar, Slower through the air and just outside off, Sarkar looks to guide it down to third man but he misses.
W Madhevere to L Das, Full and on middle, Das flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a run as the bowler himself goes for the chase at the edge of the circle. 100 up for the hosts. Another 20 to win the game and series.

Wesley Madhevere is back on.

C Mumba to S Sarkar, Short and outside off, Sarkar dabs it towards third man. Before the fielder can get across from his position, the batters get another easy two. It s an easy going.
C Mumba to S Sarkar, Bouncer outside off for the left-hander this time. Sarkar pulls it down to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
C Mumba to L Das, Full and on middle, Das flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
C Mumba to L Das, FOUR! Short and pulled! A bouncer down the leg side, Das goes on the back foot and pulls it between deep square leg and fine leg to bag another boundary. He didn't try to hit it too hard but just helped it.
C Mumba to S Sarkar, Short and on middle, Sarkar goes for the pull but fails to get it off the bat. The ball goes off his shoulder towards third man for a single. A leg bye taken.
C Mumba to S Sarkar, Short and on off, played towards point off the back foot.
S Raza to S Sarkar, Flatter and around off, Sarkar eases a single down to long off.
S Raza to S Sarkar, Full and outside off, Sarkar pushes it towards covers.
S Raza to L Das, FIFTY FOR LITON! His amazing run in the series continues. Flatter and on the pads, Das tucks it behind square leg and gets to his 4th half ton in T20Is. Top, top knock from him so far and he would look to remain not out in this run chase.
S Raza to L Das, Flatter and on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket.
S Raza to L Das, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Another one which is dropped short and Raza offers width too. Das rocks on the back foot and cuts it through point for a boundary.
S Raza to L Das, FOUR! Classic shot! Full and width on offer and Das cuts it through point and the ball races to the fence for a boundary.
S Raza to L Das, WIDE! Full and down the leg side, Das looks to paddle it but misses it. Wided.
C Mpofu to S Sarkar, Length ball on off, sarkar pushes it to mid off of the front foot.
C Mpofu to L Das, Length ball on off, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.

Soumya Sarkar is the new man in with the bat.

C Mpofu to M Naim, OUT! CAUGHT! This one is hit straight down the throat of Kamunhukamwe! Short and around off, Naim once again quickly goes on the back foot and pulls. However, the ball hits the upper part of the bat and lobs straight to Kamunhukamwe at deep mid-wicket. The visitors finally get a wicket. 43 more needed in 56 balls.
C Mpofu to M Naim, Short and outside off again, this time Naim finds the point fielder.
C Mpofu to M Naim, FOUR! Short and outside off, Naim rocks on the back foot and hammers it towards the deep mid-wicket fence. There is fielder in the deep but he is quite square so he cannot get to the ball.
C Mpofu to M Naim, A bouncer straightaway from Mpofu! Naim sways away from it thinking that it will be called wide but nothing from the umpire.

Chris Mpofu is back on. 2-013-0 so far from him.

What is this series about? Bangladesh's potential depth or Zimbabwe's average talent? A bit of both, one feels. The visitors have been in this country for more than a month now, but are yet to come to terms with the pitches or the opposition. Neither is their batting working, nor their bowling. And feasting on these two rags, the hosts are getting richer. Bangladesh are without Shakib Al Hasan but rarely has anyone even mentioned his name in this series. This is the Bangladesh that looked pretty weak against Pakistan and will be going back for a Test and an ODI. But now, there will be plenty of confidence. Tamim is back amongst the runs. Mustafizur is back amongst the wickets. And Liton Das is proving to be as consistent as the Don himself. In short, whatever Bangladesh are doing at the moment, it is turning to gold. Question is - can they carry this form and momentum to Pakistan and future? They have got one last game to try out their reserves but one feels Mahmudullah would be keen on keeping his best players in rhythm. Zimbabwe have one last chance to prove themselves. Their shot-making and bowling spells seem to indicate that they are not as bad as they are turning out to be. They showed in the second ODI that they can chase down a big total, while their bowling has shown the capability of tying down the opposition batsmen - but both departments are yet to marry each other. The over-reliance on Sean Williams and Craig Ervine is putting too much pressure on those two and the likes of Brendan Taylor not performing is hurting the team big time. There has never been a big name in the bowling department in the last 10 years but if they want their cricket to survive, Zimbabwe need one name at least.

Bangladesh Team Squad -Mohammad Naim,Soumya Sarkar,Tamim Iqbal,Afif Hossain,Aminul Islam,Mahedi Hasan,Mahmudullah,Mohammad Saifuddin,Liton Das,Mushfiqur Rahim,Al-Amin Hossain,Hasan Mahmud,Mustafizur Rahman,Nasum Ahmed,Shafiul Islam

Zimbabwe Team Squad -Chamu Chibhabha,Craig Ervine,Timycen Maruma,Tinashe Kamunhukamwe,Sean Williams,Sikandar Raza,Tinotenda Mutombodzi,Wesley Madhevere,Brendan Taylor,Regis Chakabva,Richmond Mutumbami,Ainsley Ndlovu,Carl Mumba,Charlton Tshuma,Chris Mpofu,Donald Tiripano