ZIM vs BAN, 1st T20I: On Saturday, July 30, Bangladesh lost to Zimbabwe by 17 runs to fall 0-1 down in the three-match series.
Nurul Hasan of Bangladesh. Courtesy: Reuters
- On Saturday, Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 17 runs
- Sikandar Raza scored an unbeaten 26-ball 65 in Harare
- The second T20I will take place on Sunday, July 31
Bangladesh skipper Nurul Hasan refused to give any excuses after his team lost to Zimbabwe in the first T20I by 17 runs on Saturday, July 30. After opting to bat first at the Harare Sports Club, the hosts racked up a mammoth score of 205 for three.
Sikandar Raza scored an unbeaten 26-ball 65 with the help of seven fours and four sixes, helping Zimbabwe cross the 200-run mark. In the last 46 balls, Craig Ervine’s men scored 106 runs.
Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam conceded runs at an economy rate of over 10. Nurul admitted that the Tigers’ bowlers failed to hit the right channels in the death overs.
“I think we failed to bowl in good areas in the last five to six overs and they batted really well. There are the areas (bowling in the last five to six overs) that we need to improve before the next game,” Nurul was quoted as saying.
Nurul stated that Bangladesh leaked 10-15 runs more while bowling and had they bowled well, the visitors could have ended on the winning side.
“I don’t want to show any excuses, whether it is batting, bowling or fielding, it is all about us and we have to improve. Everyone tried their level best and it was a 50-50 game. Chasing down over 200 runs would have been a big deal,” he stated.
“When we came to the dressing room we were confident that we could chase down the total as the wicket was good, but as I said, we have a lot to improve as far as bowling in the last five to six overs are concerned. I feel if we had given 10 to 15 runs less, then it could have been a different game all together,” Nurul added.
The second T20I of the three-match series is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 31 at the same venue.
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