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Bangladesh stars shined in the opening day of brand new Zim-Afro T10 tournament on Friday as Taskin Ahmed of Bulawayo Braves bagged four wickets in two matches, while Joburg Buffaloes' Mushfiqur Rahim scored 46 not out in his first game of the tournament.
Bulawayo Braves vs Harare Hurricanes
Bulawayo Braves routed Harare Hurricanes by 49 runs in the opening match of Zim-Afro T-10 League match at Harare Sports Club in Harare.
Taskin returned a stunning figure by taking one wicket and conceding 7 runs in 2 overs. In his first over, Taskin took the coveted wicket of Robin Uthappa (0) while allowing only one run.
Chasing 129 runs, Eoin Morgan-led Hurricanes managed to score 79-9 in the allotted 10 overs. Mohammad Nabi top-scored with 22 runs with two fours and a six.
Sikandar Raza grabbed three wickets after smashing a match-winning knock. England's Tymal Mills picked a couple of wickets.
Earlier, Bulawayo Braves batted first and produced 128-9 in 10 overs thanks to skipper Sikandar Raza's undefeated half-century.
Raza hit a 30-ball 62 with four boundaries and five sixes. While Ben McDermott and Timycen Maruma pitched 18 and 12-run innings, respectively.
Brandon Mavuta picked up three wickets and Tinotenda Maposa and Nandre Burger bagged two wickets each. Burger scalped the wicket of Taskin who scored 4 with a solitary boundary.
Joburg Buffaloes vs Bulawayo Braves
In day’s second match Bulawayo captain Sikandar Raza had faith over Taskin with the new ball and Taskin showed his class again with 3 wickets in his second over and helped to crumble Joburg’s top order.
Taskin’s first victim of the match was Joburg’s captain Mohammad Hafeez (1) as the Pakistani was caught and bowled by the Bangladeshi star pacer.
England’s veteran Ravi Bopara then caught by Ryan Burl in Taskin’s fifth ball of that over and then Taskin cleaned bowled Delano Potgieter with a flying middle stumps.
Joburg were suffering with 17 for four and then Mushfiq came to recuse his team. The wicket-keeper batter smashed highest 46 off 23 and helped to post 105 on board. Mushfiq remained unbeaten with 8 fours.
But Joburg had the last laugh with skipper Hafeez's six-fer as they beat Taskin's Bualwayo by 10 runs.
Hafeez 'the professor' got six wickets for only four runs in his two overs to defend the small total. Only Beau Webster of Bulawayo remained not out for 39 runs.