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Tigers eye hat-trick of trophies

Tigers eye hat-trick of trophies

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  • Sports Correspondent
  • 25 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh will be eyeing to complete their tour of Zimbabwe on a perfect note as they take on the hosts in the series-deciding third T20I at Harare Sports Club today.

 The Tigers previously won both the one-off Test series and the three-match ODI series in their ongoing tour of Zimbabwe and continued the same form in the first T20I when they defeated the hosts by eight wickets.

However, they were stunned by Zimbabwe in the second T20I which they lost by 23 runs that made Sunday’s encounter a series-deciding one.

“As we just have one match left in the series, we are going to take it as a final and we want to win the match by giving all our efforts,” Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah said.

Bangladesh will be again without their regular opener Liton Das as he is nursing a left thigh injury while the team management is keeping their fingers crossed regarding the availability of Mustafizur Rahman, who missed the second T20 after sustaining an ankle injury.

Shamim Hossain, who debuted in the last T20, took no time to make his presence felt as he scored 29 off just 13 balls in the game and expressed his excitement of playing alongside his childhood heroes.

Pacer Shoriful Islam, who already claimed five wickets in the series, said that he is learning a lot from bowling coach Ottis Gibson while added that he’s looking forward to executing the plans. 

“I did a lot of work with Otis Gibson. He gave me a lot of good advice. He taught me how to read a batsman well. At the same time, I have practised both with the old and new ball. I applied those in the match and obtained a good result,” Shoriful said.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe, who ended their five-match losing drought against Bangladesh in T20Is during the last match, will be looking to complete their maiden T20 series win over the visitors as they failed to achieve the feat in the last five attempts.