Soumya guides Tigers to series win
Bangladesh registered their second-highest successful run chase in the shortest format of the game to stamp their dominance on their tour of Zimbabwe, beating the hosts by five wickets in the series-deciding third T20I in Harare yesterday.
Soumya Sarkar's all-rounder performance -- two wickets with the ball and a second fifty of the series – along with young all-rounder Shamim Hossain's big-hitting (31 not out off 15 balls) helped Bangladesh chase down a 194-run target with four balls to spare.
With this victory, Bangladesh clinched all three titles on their tour, having earlier won the lone Test and inflicting a 3-0 whitewash of the hosts in the ODI series.
It was also Bangladesh's fourth win in a bilateral T20I series, three of those coming away from home.
Bangladesh kept themselves in the hunt right from the start of the chase despite losing opener Mohammad Naim early on as man-of-the-series Soumya looked solid at the other end. Shakib Al Hasan also started off in a positive manner before perishing for a 13-ball 25. Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad then paired up with Soumya to add 63 runs for the third wicket, giving Bangladesh the platform for the late onslaught.
Earlier, Zimbabwe posted their second highest total in T20Is riding on a half-century from opener Wessley Madhevere. Regis Chakabva and Ryan Burl smashed some lusty blows too as the hosts posted 193 for five in 20 overs after electing to bat.