ZIMBABWE vs BANGLADESH 1st T20 Highlights

Zimbabwe won the match by 17 runs and took the 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. The away side couldn’t make 32 runs in the last two overs and thus lost the game.

Zimbabwe has just won its sixth consecutive T20 match, a new record for the team. With some strong batting by Wessly Madhevere and Sikandar Raza and efficient bowling by Richard Ngarava and Luke Jongwe, this victory was well-deserved.

BAN vs ZIM 1st T20 Highlights: Bangladesh commenced their Zimbabwe tour with a defeat of 17 runs at Harare Sports Club
BAN vs ZIM 1st T20 Highlights: Bangladesh commenced their Zimbabwe tour with a defeat of 17 runs at Harare Sports Club | Cricket Country

The hosts won the toss and opted to bat first. After the first powerplay, they were 43 for 1, in which they struck only four fours. On the other side, Nurul Hasan, the away team skipper used 5 bowlers in the first 5 overs.

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When Sean Williams came to the crease, Zimbabwe was looking good at 80 for 2 in 11 overs. But he knocked it up a gear, smashing two fours and a six off of Nasum Ahmed in the 12th over to give some impetus to the innings.

Zimbabwe’s batsmen came alive in the last six overs of their innings, scoring 91 runs to take them to a total of 205. Raza was the star of the show, remaining unbeaten on 65 off just 26 balls.

Against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh chased 206 runs but it was never a chase until the last few overs. They couldn’t make a big partnership in the middle overs.

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With Nurul batting late in the innings, Bangladesh looked like they might reach 206. However, an already struggling side looked out of its depth all through.

With efficient bowling by Richard Ngarava and Luke Jongwe, this victory was well-deserved for Zimbabwe
With efficient bowling by Richard Ngarava and Luke Jongwe, this victory was well-deserved for Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe Cricket

Some new records for Zimbabwe. This is the second time that Zimbabwe has crossed the 200-run mark in the last six T20 matches. For the first time in eight years, they have taken a 1-0 lead against Bangladesh in a bilateral series.

They also have topped the T20 World Cup qualification tournament, beating the Netherlands by 37 runs in the final. According to the ranking, Bangladesh might be a superior side, but Zimbabwe is a hot favorite in this format.

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According to the Sport News BD experts, Zimbabwe is a team that’s done well in the past, but they’re not a top competitor anymore. But with an exciting new squad and an impressive track record in international tournaments, Zimbabwe is back and ready to take on the best in the world.