By Larry Trusida
The Chevrons slumped to yet another defeat to Bangladesh, this time an eight wicket loss in the first T20 international played at Harare Sports Club this Thursday.
Regis Chakabva continued with his good form in the ongoing Bangladesh tour, but his 43 runs were not enough to lead the Chevrons to victory in the first T20 match.
As has been the case in other matches on this tour, Bangladesh emerged winners after Zimbabwe who seemed to have the upper hand at 90 for two slumped to 152 all out.
Wessly Madhevere and Regis Chakabva laid a good platform for the hosts with a brisky 50 partnership before debutant, Dion Myers joined in to solidify the good start with a 22 ball 35.
What followed was an all too familiar script as Zimbabwe lost wickets at regular intervals with the last eight wickets falling for 51 runs to hand victory to the Tigers who were playing their 100th T20 match.
In reply, Mohammed Naim carried his bat to lead the visitors to victory with seven balls to spare as he was 63 not out, following a century opening partnership with Soumya Sakar, who hit a 50.
The fact that both Bangladesh wickets were off run-outs pretty much sums up the hosts’ bowling – having hardly any threat of picking up a wicket.
Zimbabwe have got it all to do to save the three match series when the two sides clash again for the second match this Friday.