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Zimbabwe clinch maiden T20I series win over Bangladesh

Update : 03 Aug 2022, 13:21

Zimbabwe clinched their maiden T20I series win over a higher-ranked side when they beat Bangladesh by 10 runs in the third game in Harare on Tuesday.

The home side roused a full-house crowd by lifting themselves from 67 for 6 to finish on a competitive 156 for 8, before restricting Bangladesh to 146 for 8 in 20 overs, report agencies.

Zimbabwe had only recently won the T20 World Cup qualifier. They beat West Indies in a one-off match in 2010, toppled Scotland 2-1 in 2021 and won a tri-nation tournament in Singapore also featuring Nepal three years ago.

But this marks their first ever series win over a Full Member in bilateral short-form cricket.

Ryan Burl was the unlikely 54-run star as Zimbabwe made 156-8 in the series-deciding third Twenty20 international against Bangladesh in Harare on Tuesday.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, the home team slumped to 67-6 after 13 overs with regular top scorer Sikandar Raza out for a golden duck.

Batting at number seven, all-rounder Burl put on 79 for the seventh wicket before partner Luke Jongwe, batting at number eight, was dismissed.

Burl struck six sixes and two fours off 28 deliveries while Jongwe's 35 from 20 balls included two sixes and four fours.

Both Jongwe and Burl were dismissed during the 18th over as they looked to hammer medium-pacer Hasan Mahmud over the ropes.

Mahmud and Mehidy Hasan were the pick of the bowlers, both finishing with identical figures of 2-28 off four overs.

Bangladesh were without captain Nurul Hasan due to a finger injury, which has also ruled him out of a three-match one day international series beginning in Harare on Friday.

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