Tigers take first T20

bangladesh-cricket_Daily_Dhaka_TimesDaily Dhaka Times: Tigers have cruised to their first T20 match by four wickets also took take a 1-0 lead in the two match T20 series against touring Zimbabwe at Mirpur on Friday evening.

Bangladesh have lost five wickets within 100-run mark in chasing 132-run target but they were on course in chase with 118 runs in sixth wicket stand.

Bangladesh require another 14 runs with 5 wickets and 30 balls remaining.

Zimbabwe managed to score 131 losing all wickets in 19.3 overs in the 1st T20 match against Bangladesh. The visitors’ top-order was jolted early.

Bangladesh bowlers kept bowling tight lines and forced errors from the visitors. All of their bowlers were rewarded and now it’s up to their batsmen to chase this modest total.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza dismissed Sikandar Raza and Chigumbura while Al-Amin Hossain picked the wicket of Chakabva for a duck. Nasir sent SC Williams to the pavilion at 15 and Mahmudullah took CR Ervine at 20. LM Jongwe went back to the pavilion for a duck. Jubair Hossain took the wicket.

Debutant Jubair Hossain has struck twice in an over in the game.

The legspinner trapped Luke Jongwe in front for a duck before Neville Madziva (1) holed out to Nasir Hossain at long-off in the last ball of the 16th over.

Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza decided to field first. “There was some dew last game and we want to bowl. The wicket will be good to bat on,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza.

Chigumbura said: “We wanted to bat first. We will come hard and look to put pressure on Bangladesh. T20s give us freedom to express ourselves and hopefully we put up a good fight.”

From the line-up of the third ODI, Bangladesh replaced Imrul Kayes and Arafat Sunny with Anamul Haque, who would be playing his first international match since the World Cup, and legspinner Jubair Hossain, who would make his T20 debut.

Tendai Chisoro and Neville Madziva replaced Taurai Muzarabani and Chamu Chibhabha in the Zimbabwe line-up from the third ODI.

Bangladesh Squad
Mashrafe Mortaza*, Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Arafat Sunny, Imrul Kayes, Jubair Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Liton Das†, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim†, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Tamim Iqbal

Zimbabwe Squad
E Chigumbura*, RW Chakabva†, CJ Chibhabha, TS Chisoro, AG Cremer, CR Ervine, LM Jongwe, N Madziva, WP Masakadza, CT Mutombodzi, T Muzarabani, J Nyumbu, T Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, MN Waller, SC Williams


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