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Bangladesh takes 2-0 lead in Twenty20 Cricket Series against Zimbabwe with 6-wicket win

CHATTOGRAM, Bangladesh: Pacer Taskin Ahmed helped Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe with six wickets and nine balls to spare in their second Twenty20 cricket international to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Taskin followed his 3-14 in the opener with 2-18 on Sunday as Zimbabwe were restricted to 138-7 after Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto won the toss and elected to play.

Bangladesh reached 142-4 in 18.3 overs in reply, with Towhid Hridoy hitting a 25-ball 37 not out.

Mahmudullah, who confirmed victory with an elegant cover drive for a boundary, was unbeaten on 26 off 16.

“Bowlers again did very well, but it was not easy for the batters,” Shanto said. “There are many areas we can improve.”

Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe in the first game by eight wickets and made no changes for the second T20.

When openers Litton Das and Tanzid Hasan scored 41 runs, it looked like Bangladesh’s chase would be an easy one, but Luke Jongwe (2-35) fought. Pacer Ainsley Ndlovu, one of three substitutes for Zimbabwe, broke through with the wicket of Tanzid, who played a match-winning 67 not out in the first game.

Tanzid was fired at the age of 18 after failing to execute his slog sweep shot properly.

Jongwe removed Shanto (16) and Das (23) in four balls and when pacer Richard Ngarava got the better of Jaker Ali (13), Bangladesh were 93-4 in the 14th over.

Hridoy and Mahmudullah then added 49 runs for the win.

Earlier, Johnathan Campbell, the son of Zimbabwe’s former captain Alistair Campbell, hit a debut 24-ball 45. Brian Bennett was not out on 44.

Mahedi Hasan (1-18) and Rishad Hossain (2-33) tore through the middle order as Zimbabwe lost three wickets, including captain Sikandar Raza (3), with six runs to go from 30-1 to 36-4, and then 42-5, before Campbell and Bennett resisted.

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Shoriful Islam claimed Campbell with a slower delivery, ending a 73-run stand with Bennett.

“It’s still the same story if we keep shooting ourselves in the foot… one can only hope that we can learn from it in the end,” Raza said. hurts me a lot.”

The third game is Tuesday.

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    first print: 06 May 2024, 00:01 IST