Bangladesh finished the month-long tour of Zimbabwe on a winning note, securing a five-wicket victory chasing 194 runs in the last game of the series in Harare Sunday
Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah credited the batting unit for completing their second highest chase in the format, and clinch the series 2-1 against hosts Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh finished the month-long tour of Zimbabwe on a winning note, securing a five-wicket victory chasing 194 runs in the last game of the series at Harare Sports Club Sunday.
Opening batsman Soumya Sarkar was crucial to the chase with his 68 off 49 balls with nine boundaries and one over boundary.
Shakib al Hasan and Mahmudullah added 25 and 34 to the tally before young Shamim Hossain Patwari stole the momentum from the home team with his fiery unbeaten 15-ball 31 to take Bangladesh to shore.
“The boys showed their character in the middle. The way Soumya and Shakib batted, they tried their best to contribute and in the end Shamim played a crucial knock. So all together it was a good batting unit effort,” said Mahmudullah following the game.
“When you are chasing a big score like 190 plus, you have to get some partnerships and you have to rotate the strike at the same time to keep the dot balls at a minimum. There also should be boundary hit in every over. That was our plan. We tried to build partnerships and get as deep as we can in the chase,” he added.
Mahmudullah was singing Soumya's praise for delivering for the team amid unavailability of prominent opener Tamim Iqbal in the series due to injury.
Soumya in the series deciding game lifted Bangladesh with his all-round performance having grabbed two important wickets.
The left-handed batsman finished as Man of the Match in final game and was also adjourned the Man of the Series for his 126 runs in three games, involving two half centuries, and three wickets.
“Soumya is a useful all-rounder. He got me two wickets when I gave him the ball and tried to restrict the runs. And when the team needed to score runs, he stood in the middle and in the end it was a good batting effort,” said Mahmudullah.
Bangladesh will take flight to home soon from Zimbabwe.
The members of the T20I squad will directly check-in in the hotel bio-bubble for the T20I series against Australia in Dhaka.
Bangladesh are scheduled to played play five T20Is against Australia between August 3 to 9.
Visitors Australia, who are touring the Caribbean islands at the moment, are scheduled to reach Dhaka Thursday.