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205/3 (20)
188/6 (20)
ZIM won by 17 runs.
Player of the match: Sikandar Raza
 
So that will be all from us - the pair of Karthik Raj and Bidipto - as we say good bye to you! But do keep following the cricket from this series as it is only expected to get better tomorrow, with Bangladesh pressing for a comeback! And, keep following Sportskeeda friends! Also, do not miss out on the Indian Women's Cricket team at the Commonwealth Games, whose games will also be covered by us! Hence, there is plenty for you to look up to on these tabs! 
Craig Ervine, Zimbabwe captain: Didn't really think that it was a 200 wicket, but the way Sikandar and Wessley batted, things got better and better for us. The idea obviously is to be as clinical as possible, but we did give away quite a few extras today, so we need to get better on that front tomorrow.
Nurul Hasan, Bangladesh captain: No I think that it was a really good game, if we could concede 10-15 less runs, the game could have been different for us. So we need to improve on certain areas here, and hopefully, get a better result tomorrow. We will be up for it for sure, no doubt about that. 


Sikandar Raza has been named as the 'Player of the Match'

Raza: 
We discussed that 160-180 will be good on this wicket.  We had a good start and if one out of myself, Burl or Milton came off, thought we could get 180! I didn't think it was a 200 wicket, neither a 190 one. Was a good pitch but it was slightly two-paced. After those scary moments with a couple of surgeries, nothing bothers me now. Whether my form is good or not, just to come out alive and still playing cricket is a blessing
Time for the post-match presentation!
Zimbabwe - 205/3, beat Bangladesh - 188/6, by 17 runs and lead the 3-match T20I series, 1-0.

Nurul Hasan 42* (26) | Najmul Shanto 37 (25) || Luke Jongwe - 2/34 | Wellington Masakadza - 1/23

Wessley Madhevere 67 (46) | Mustafizur Rahman - 2/50

This was an innings filled with action, from start, to finish! Whether it was the Litton Das run out, or the stop at deep cover to prevent the boundary, or the late onslaught from Nurul Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain to inspire a Bangladesh fightback or the superb penultimate over from Richard Nagarava, all of these, were just, fantastic! 

Zimbabwe, having scored so many runs in the first innings, were the favourites to win this, and the fact that Bangladesh lacked experience in their batting to steer the ship, also helped the hosts, but the fight was on all the time from the visitors.

Litton Das and Anamul Haque put together a solid 50-partnership, but under bizarre circumstances, with a plethora of mistakes from both sides, Litton got run out, which kind of put the brakes on the scoring. Then there was a revival waiting to happen, and Zimbabwe were giving away some friendly freebies to assist their visitors, by way of extras and even misfields. Some loose deliveries were also served to the batters. But then they got their act together, pulled off some stunning saves and got right back in the contest to wrest the initiative. 

Then came a late surge from captain Nurul and Mosaddek, that threatened to take the game away from the hosts, but the second last over from left-armer Ngarava, filled with inch-perfect wide yorkers, made it really difficult for Bangladesh to get the winning runs off the final over. But the drama did not end there, as a four and a six off back-to-back balls, suddenly made it to be 18 runs off 3 balls, with the six coming off a sitter being dropped at deep mid-wicket! 

But then, fast bowler Tanaka Chivanga held his nerve and finished it out without giving another run away! 

The pitch played well throughout the match, and there was something in it for all concerned, if they chose to give their best. Surely, the second match, coming up tomorrow at the Harare Sports Club itself, will be another good one after this kind of a game! But of course, Zimbabwe won it with the bat and Bangladesh lost it with the ball! 
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188 /6 score
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cricket bat icon Nurul Hasan *
42 (26)
cricket ball icon Tanaka Chivanga
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19.6 Tanaka Chivanga to Nurul Hasan Sohan, full outside-off, Nurul lifts it to long-off. No run once again as Zimbabwe win the match by 17 runs. Perfect start to the series for the hosts!
19.5 Tanaka Chivanga to Nurul Hasan Sohan, full and straight, Nurul moves across and sweeps it to deep square-leg. No run taken
19.4 Tanaka Chivanga to Nurul Hasan Sohan, full and in the slot, Nurul looks to slog it over mid-wicket but he misses it
This is what pressure can do! 
19.3 Tanaka Chivanga to Nurul Hasan Sohan, WHAT HAS HAPPENED THERE? Slower ball out of the back of the hand, Nurul sits deep and pulls it to deep mid-wicket where Wellington Masakadza parries it over the rope for a maximum!
19.2 Tanaka Chivanga to Nurul Hasan Sohan, short and down the leg-side, Nurul looks to pull but he misses. Fortunately for him, the ball deflects off the thigh pad and races away to the fence for four leg-byes
19.1 Tanaka Chivanga to Nurul Hasan Sohan, full and slow outside-off, Nurul drives it to long-off and refuses a single. The skipper wants to take it single-handedly


Tanaka Chivanga [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack.

Nasum Ahmed, RHB, is at the crease.

Richard Ngarava could not have bowled a better defensive over! What fantastic execution of the wide yorker from the left-arm seamer! Not allowing the batters any chance to get either under them or beside them. It takes guts to bowl with most fielders on one side of the wicket, especially at this stage, so no praise is too high for Ngarava here!
18.6 Richard Ngarava to Mosaddek Hossain, full-toss from Ngarava, Mosaddek comes down and flashes hard but he gets a thick outside-edge to deep backward point where Milton Shumba takes a smart catch. Shumba didn't pick it up initially due to sunlight but he held onto the ball importantly

Mosaddek Hossain c Milton Shumba b Richard Ngarava 13 (10b, 1x4, 0x6)
18.6 Richard Ngarava to Mosaddek Hossain, full and outside the tramline, Mosaddek can't reach it. WIDE called
18.5 Richard Ngarava to Nurul Hasan Sohan, full-toss outside-off, Nurul moves to the off-side and tries to sweep but he miscues it towards mid-wicket. Single taken
18.4 Richard Ngarava to Mosaddek Hossain, yorker wide of off once again, Mosaddek places it behind point for a single
18.3 Richard Ngarava to Nurul Hasan Sohan, low full-toss wide of off, Nurul reaches across and plays it to deep point. Single taken