After a long time, Soumya played a match-winning knock of 68 off 48 balls and led Bangladesh’s five-wicket win over Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club today. The stylish left-handed opener made the foundation of this win.
Meanwhile, Shamim Hossain also played an unbeaten 31 run – innings at the death which helped Tigers secure their series win with ease.
The last time Zimbabwe won a bilateral series was in 2019 against the United Arab Emirates. Undoubtedly, it was another opportunity to win this t20 series after winning the last match.
After losing the second match, the last match had become a final for both the teams. Zimbabwe was totally craving for a win in the whole series and they succeeded in the second t20. They lost the test, whitewashed in ODI, and lost their first t20 match in Harare.
Zimbabwe started well as their captain Sikandar Raza promised. Their openers were fierce against the Bangladeshi bowlers, especially on Taskin and Saifuddin. Though Saifudding gave the first breakthrough.
They lost their first wicket on the 6th over and at the same time, their score was 61. With an average of 10 per over, they were scoring runs.
With Madhevere’s 50 and Chakabva’s 48 off 22 balls, Zimbabwe stopped at 193 for five.
Bangladesh didn’t start well. They lost their first wicket within 3 overs scoring 20 runs on the scoreboard. But Shakib and Soumya made a 50 run partnership which helped Bangladesh tackle the danger.
After Shakib’s departure in the 8th over, both Mahmudullah and Soumya added another 50+ runs. Mahmudullah kept rotating the strike and made Soumya play.
In the last five overs, Bangladesh needed 52 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Masakadza was back into the attack and bowled Afif Hossain after getting a six. He conceded 12 runs in that over.
After that, it’s all about Shamim’s gun power. He smashed the Zimbabwean bowlers with four balls to spare with his unbeaten 31 runs.
Soumya Sarkar was awarded both Player of the Match and Player of the Series.
Let’s hear from Captains:
Sikandar Raza | Zimbabwe captain: Every game we have shown a lot of improvement, we have ticked a lot of boxes. 193 was well defendable on that track. Until the 18th over, I was confident that we would win. The last couple of overs swayed away and cost us the game. It’s not easy to play any series without the senior guys. To see the youngsters standing up is a foot in the right direction. Hopefully we can rectify the mistakes. The two ODIs went to the last over, 40-odd extras in two games, you’ll struggle against any team. If we stay calm, we can go a long way. Heads will remain high.
Mahmudullah | Bangladesh captain: The boys showed their character in the middle. Each and every one contributed and in the end, Shamim played a crucial knock. Altogether it was a good batting effort. When you are chasing 190+, you have to build partnerships and rotate strike and try to hit boundaries in each over. That was our plan and we tried to take it as deep as we can. Soumya is a useful all-rounder, he gave me two wickets. And he stood up and scored some runs for the team. Looking forward to the next bubble and looking forward to the next series.