All-round Sarkar guides Bangladesh A home
Bangladesh A 158 for 4 (Sarkar 86, Masakadza 2-18) beat Zimbabwe A 163 for 9 (Sibanda 74, Sarkar 2-23) by six wickets (D/L method)
Soumya Sarkar picked up two crucial wickets and then struck 86 off 83 balls, as Bangladesh A gunned down 158 against Zimbabwe A in a rain-affected match in Fatullah, to level the series 1-1.
Set a revised revised target of 158 from 47 overs, Bangladesh A began the chase steadily, as the openers Sarkar and Litton Das added 80 in 17.3 overs to provide a solid platform. Sarkar hit 12 fours and a six during his knock, but the Zimbabwe A spinners Wellington Masakadza and Tafadzwa Kamungozi briefly pegged the hosts back with four quick wickets. However, at 139 for 4, most of the work was already done. Naeem Islam and Mosaddek Hossain ensured that Bangladesh A reached the target without any further casualties to complete the six-wicket win.
Opting to bat, Zimbabwe A were restricted to 163 for 9 from their 50 overs. Their captain Vusi Sibanda top-scored with 74 amid a batting collapse, as Sarkar (2 for 23), Elias Sunny (2 for 29) and Jubair Hussain (2 for 28) dealt regular blows to keep the visitors from forging a threatening stand.