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ZIM vs. BAN: Cruise with Bangladesh to win 1st T20I after Zimbabwe collapse

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Batland batsman Naim Sheikh plays a shot

Opening Mohamad Naim and Sumia Sarkar hit half a century ago when Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe with eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the Twenty20 series from three games on Thursday.

Zimbabwe fell from 91-2 for 10 overs to 152, all for 19 overs. Bangladesh hit the target with seven balls to save at 153-2.

The chase was conducted by Naim and Sarkar opening machines. Leftist Naim managed an undefeated 63 of 51 balls, looking comfortable in the crease and clearing the line six times.

The opening of the 102 stand ended when Sarkar was exhausted after winning 50 of 45 in the 14th.

The only other wicket in Bangladesh that fell was the captain’s Mahmudula, also exhausted by Blessing Muzarabani for 15. Nurul Hassan was with Naim at the end of the 16th.

Zimbabwe dominated at the start of the match thanks to the second partnership of the door between the opening Wesley Madhevere (23) and Regis Chakabwa 43. They combined for 64. But after Chakabwa was third, the resistance collapsed. Dion Myers came in 35th out of 22.

Sheimer Mustafizur Rahman bowled with impressive control at Harare Sports Club to pick 3-31 for Bangladesh. Pacers Mohammad Saifuddin and Shoriful Islam took the bracket to pieces as Zimbabwean batsmen battled the pace attack, which adhered to disciplined lines and lengths.

The other T20s are in the same place on Friday and Sunday. Bangladesh is aiming to complete a series of victories in all three formats.

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