Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar shine in Bangladesh’s dominating win over Zimbabwe in 1st T20I

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  • Bangladesh crushed Zimbabwe in the first T20I on Thursday.

  • Soumya Sarkar was named 'Player of the Match' for his impressive performance.

Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar shine in Bangladesh’s dominating win over Zimbabwe in 1st T20I
Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe in the first T20I (Image Source: Twitter)

Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe in the first T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at Harare Sports Club on Thursday. The visitors produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to record a comprehensive 8-wicket victory.

Riding on spectacular half-centuries by the openers Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar, the touring party gunned down the target of 153 with seven balls to spare. Naim and Sarkar gave absolute no chance to Zimbabwe bowlers during their chase.

The duo added 102 runs for the opening wicket to take the game away from Sikandar Raza & Co. While Naim remained unbeaten on 63 from 51 deliveries, Sarkar scored 50 off 45 balls before he met a run-out in the 14th over.

Interestingly, Bangladesh lost their second wicket also through a run-out in the form of captain Mahmudullah (15). Then, wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan formed an unbeaten 30-run partnership with Naim to take his side over the finish line.

Earlier, the home team got bundled out for 152 in 19 overs. Regis Chakabva and Dion Myers were the highest run-getters for Zimbabwe. While Chakabva scored 43 off 22 balls, Myers also took 22 deliveries to make 35 runs. Pacer Luke Jongwe contributed with 18 down the order to take the team’s total beyond the mark of 150.

For the visiting side, Mustafizur Rahman was the pick of the bowler, taking three wickets for 31 runs in 4 overs. Apart from the left-armer, Shoriful Islam (2/17) and Mohammad Saifuddin (2/23) bagged a couple of scalps each.

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