ZIM vs BAN, 1st T20I: Sarkar, Naim fifties help Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe

Openers Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar scored fifties as Bangladesh easily chased down its target of 153 by eight wickets on Thursday.

Sarkar and Naim featured in a 102-run opening wicket partnership to set Bangladesh on its way to a comfortable victory.   -  AFP

Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar scored half centuries as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets to win the first match of its Twenty20 series at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

The pair featured in a 102-run opening wicket partnership to set Bangladesh on its way to a comfortable victory as it chased down a target of 153 for victory with seven balls to spare.

Naim finished on 63 not out while Sarkar got to 50 before being run out.

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Zimbabwe, who won the toss, made a good start with Regis Chakabva transferring his ODI form to the T20 format and scoring 43 to guide Zimbabwe to 91-3 after 10 overs.

But they added only 61 more runs as wickets tumbled in the next nine overs and were bowled out with one over to spare. Mustafizur Rahman took 3-31.

The sides meet again in the three-game series on Friday and Sunday. Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe in their one-off test this month and wrapped up a 3-0 win in the one-day international series this week.

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