Soumya Sarkar, pacers crush Zimbabweans

Soumya Sarkar marked his return to the Bangladesh team with a maiden T20I fifty Associated Press

Zimbabwe left BKSP with more questions than answers after BCB XI crushed them by eight wickets in the practice match. Only captain Hamilton Masakadza looked in touch with a steady century while the rest of the batting order crumbled.

BCB XI's fast bowlers ran through the visitors' line-up, bowling them out for 178 in 45.2 overs. Elton Chigumbura made 47 and shared a 124-run partnership with Masakadza for the sixth wicket after they had slipped to 47 for five in the 16th over.

While Ebadat Hossain took five wickets for 19 runs, Mohammad Saifuddin, recalled in the ODI side after nine months, picked three for 32.

In reply, the home side banked on captain Soumya Sarkar's unbeaten 102 to race to victory in 39 overs. Soumya struck 13 fours and a six in his 114-ball knock.

Zimbabwe take on Bangladesh in the first ODI on October 21.

BCB XI 2nd innings Partnerships

1st11Fazle MahmudMizanur Rahman
2nd41Fazle MahmudSoumya Sarkar
3rd112Soumya SarkarMosaddek Hossain
3rd17Ariful HaqueSoumya Sarkar