Rampant Bangladesh crushes Zimbabwe to sweep T20 series
DHAKA, March 11, 2020 (BSS) – Liton Das continued his rich vein of form as Bangladesh inflicted a whitewash on Zimbabwe in T20 series too, recording a facile nine-wicket win in second and final match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
By doing so Bangladesh, who won the one-off Test and swept three-match ODI series, completed the series sweep over Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe who was asked to bat first in the final match of the series was able to put up just 119-7 following a disciplined bowling show of the Bangladeshi bowlers. However later the hosts’ batsmen made it a cake-walk, reaching the winning target for 120-1 in 15.5 overs.
Having hit 39 ball-59 in the first match, in form Liton Das led the emphatic victory yet again, smashing an unbeaten 60 off 45, sending the ball across the rope for eight times.
Liton and Naim Sheikh who got his chance after Tamim Iqbal was given rest, added 77-run for the opening stand to take Bangladesh closer to a victory.
Chris Mpofu broke the partnership, dismissing Naim for 33, after it looked Bangladesh is heading towards a 10-wicket victory for the first time.
Liton, who struck two centuries in the ODI series including Bangladesh’s individual highest 176, kept his composure and brought his fourth half-century by flicking Sikandar Raza for single off 35 balls.
Soumya Sarkar played a perfect foil to him in the other end to hasten the victory as he struck 20 off 16 with two towering sixes.
Earlier, Bangladesh bowlers came up with disciplined bowling show to deny Zimbabwe scoring freely.
Brendan Taylor who opened the innings after his side was asked to bat first, battled lonely against spirited Bangladeshi bowling attack to score an unbeaten 59 off 48 with six fours and one six.
It was his only half-century plus knock in the series in which he was just of his shadow.
Craig Ervine was other notable scorer with 29 and added a 57-run partnership with Taylor but that came at slower pace–just shed over six runs per over.
When Afif Hossain removed Ervine after he smote three boundaries in his innings, Zimbabwe wickets were tumbling at regular interval.
With no batsmen giving him the adequate support, Taylor single handedly kept the side flowing and brought up his sixth T20 half-century.
Sikandar Raza made 12 while opener Tinashe Kamunukmawi contributed 10.
Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain claimed two wickets apiece while Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan and Afif Hossain grabbed one wicket each.
Having won the one-off Test and swept the three-match ODI series before winning the first T20 by 48 runs, Bangladesh is aiming to inflict a series-sweep on Zimbabwe.