Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das struck half-centuries as Bangladesh crushed Zimbabwe by 48 runs in the primary Twenty20 worldwide of a two-match sequence in Dhaka on Monday. Soumya hit an unbeaten 62 off 32 balls, his second Twenty20 half-century and a profession greatest, after an in-form Liton made 59 off 39 balls to information Bangladesh 200-3 in the 20 overs. The guests had been by no means as much as the duty when replying to the useful rating and had been bowled out for 152 runs in 19 overs to undergo their largest Twenty20 defeat in opposition to Bangladesh.
Leg-spinner Aminul Islam grabbed three wickets for 34 runs and Mustafizur Rahman completed with 3-32. The different new-ball bowlers rattled Zimbabwe in the opening batting Powerplay to cut back the vacationers to 3-37. Tinashe Kamunhukamwe was prime scorer for Zimbabwe with 28 earlier than Aminul pressured him to present a catch to Liton at lengthy-off.
Aminul took the wicket of Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams (20) from the subsequent ball to interrupt the again bone of the batting line-up. Richmond Mutumbami and Doland Tiripano additionally made 20 runs every. Carl Mumba offered late blitz with 25 off 16 balls however may solely delay the inevitable.
Liton earlier set the platform for Bangladesh’s highest-ever Twenty20 rating in opposition to Zimbabwe with a 92-run opening stand with Tamim Iqbal, who made 41 off 33 balls. Teenage debutant Wesley Madhevere dismissed Tamim to interrupt the stand and Sikandar Raza trapped Liton leg earlier than to finish his excellent innings, which featured 5 fours and three sixes.
Soumya took the cost to make sure Bangladesh surpassed their earlier highest rating of 175 runs in opposition to Zimbabwe. He struck 4 fours and 5 sixes, together with two in the final two balls of the innings off Chris Mpofu to elevate Bangladesh to 200. “It was pleasing to see how the batters performed. Tamim and Liton gave us the start we wanted, and Soumya finished off really well,” stated Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad.
Zimbabwe captain Williams lamented their efficiency. “We missed our length with the ball, and partnerships at the top were required and that let us down,” he stated. The second and last match of the sequence shall be held on the identical floor on Wednesday.