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T20I at Sagorika stadium after five-year hiatus

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T20I at Sagorika stadium after five-year hiatus
Jubilant crowd enjoy Bangladesh batting during their Obhai T20I series match against Zimbabwe at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram yesterday. BCB photo

Following a five-year-long hiatus, Twenty20 International cricket is hosted by Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram (ZACS) yet another with the match of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the ongoing Tri-nation series yesterday.

Even though the match was against Zimbabwe, there was no lacking in festivity among spectators surrounding the match against low-ranked side at Sagorika area of the port city. A huge number of local spectators wearing team jersey thronged at their beloved Sagorika Stadium to witness the fixture that was series-final ensuring match.

Last time the stadium had hosted Sri Lanka-New Zealand match in 2014.

Recalling that match, the ZACS curator Zahid Reza Babu said that it still remained in his mind how he erected the wicket at Sagorika pitch.

“After a long hiatus, Twenty20 International match is being held. Some matches of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 were played here. It apparently reminded how I made the wickets,” said Zahid Reza Babu. “But I feel better to think that the stadium once again is hosting T20 International match. Hopefully Bangladesh will start with victory in the match to the return to Sagorika,” Babu told media yesterday.

So far, 17 Twenty20 matches have been played in the stadium at Sagorika. Even though Bangladesh have experience of playing four matches here, It’ll be maiden occasion for Zimbabwe. There is no wide sweet memory of Bangladesh here as they lost three matches out of four. They registered an eight-wicket victory over Nepal. A two-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka was held at this stadium when the Tigers conceded loss to those matches to its Asian rivals team.

Bangladesh were skittled out for 166 in response to Sri Lanka’s 168 in the first match of the Twenty20 series. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led team had to concede a two-run loss after being Anamul Haque Bijoy’s brilliant knock of 58 off 45 balls.

In the second and last match, Bangladesh were bundled out for a paltry 120 runs to choose bat first after winning the toss on Sagorika’s surface. The Lankans reached their target by losing seven wickets, meaning the Islanders won the series 2-0.

The next two matches at Sagorika were of World T20, where Bangladesh thrashed Nepal by eight wickets. Visiting Nepal managed to put on 126 runs in their stipulated 20 overs. In its pursuits, Bangladesh posted an eight-wicket win with 27 balls to spare largely thanks to Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Anamul Haque Bijoy and Sabbir Rahman.

Bangladesh had a bitter memory to lose to under-ranked Hong Kong at this stadium. Due to batting collapse, Bangladesh put on a paltry 108 on the board and Shakib made the highest 34 though Hong Kong had to pour their sweat to chase down the measly target against the Test-playing nation on their own territory.

Bangladesh got downplaying their fifth match at Sagorika against Zimbabwe. It was a big chance for rhythm less Bangladesh to return to winning ways.

 

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