Bangladesh open Zim tour with warm-up defeatsStaff Correspondent
Batting remained a major concern for Bangladesh as they tasted back-to-back defeats in their Twenty20 warm-up matches against Zimbabwe Select XI at the Country Club ground in Harare on Friday.
Ahead of the unofficial tri-series T20 tournament, a Bangladesh batting collapse saw them suffer a three-wicket defeat in the first game while they were beaten by 19 runs in the second game.
Among the uncapped players, Ziaur Rahman experienced consecutive ducks with the bat, while pacer Abul Hasan bowled well.
In the first match, Bangladesh batted first and posted only 126-7 before their opponents overhauled the target, 127-7, in 19.3 overs.
Tamim Iqbal (29) opened the innings with Mohammad Ashraful (32) and the duo put on 64 runs in 8.1 overs to give the Tigers a solid foundation for a big score.
But the Tigers lost the advantage and were reduced to 91-7 with Junaed Siddique (12), Nasir Hossain (5), Mushfiqur Rahim (3), Zia (0) and Abdur Razzaq (2) getting out cheaply.
It was vice-captain Mahmudullah, who showed some resistance adding 35 runs with Mashrafee bin Murtaza (eight not out) and remained unbeaten on 28 from 19 balls to take Bangladesh to a respectable total.
Graeme Cremer and Malcolm Waller demolished the Tigers batting line-up taking 4-14 and 3-14 respectively.
However, the Tigers were put in the driving seat by the bowlers as they reduced the hosts to 60-6 in 11.4 overs.
But then like the batters, the bowlers lost their way too as Elton Chigumbura (38) and Cremer (30 not out) added 58 valuable runs for the seventh wicket to take the hosts to victory.
When 53 runs were needed off the last 40 balls, Elias Sunny (2-16), who conceded only five runs in his first three overs, got clobbered for 11 runs while Mahmudullah (2-25) followed him with another 11-run over that made the equation easy.
Abul picked up two wickets for 15 runs while Mashrafee proved expensive as he finished with 32-1 off 3.3 overs.
Later in the second game, Bangladesh shuffled their playing 11, but could not change their luck as they ended their 20 overs on 156-7 after Select XI rode on Hamilton Masakadza (102) to pile up a massive 175-5.
Pacer Nazmul Hossain replaced Mashrafee, but was as expensive as the veteran as he ended with figures of 2-41, while Farhad Reza,
replacing Mahmudullah, gave away 26 runs in two overs.
In reply, the Tigers had a poor start with Junaed (11), Ashraful (13), Anamul Haque (13) and Nasir Hossain (eight) perishing with the scoreboard reading 52-4.
Mushfiq (49) and Jahirul Islam (49 not out) repaired the damage with a 91-run partnership, but failed to take their side to victory.
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