Twitter Reactions: Ryan Burl shines as Zimbabwe record maiden T20I series win over Bangladesh

Twitter Reactions: Ryan Burl shines as Zimbabwe record maiden T20I series win over Bangladesh

Ryan Burl's six-hitting rampage helped Zimbabwe reach a defendable total.

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Ryan Burl (Photo Source: Twitter)

Zimbabwe bagged a brilliant win over Bangladesh in the third T20I and scripted history by winning the three-match T20I series by 2-1. Zimbabwe rode on Ryan Burl’s heroics with the bat and the bowlers’ skillsets as they defeated the visitors for the first time ever in a T20I series and unlocked a new achievement by winning the series finale in Harare.

Zimbabwe faced a bad collapse while batting first as they were reduced to 67/6 at a point in time. But Ryan Burl entered the crease and went berserk. He led his team to a competitive total as Zimbabwe ended their 20-over quota, scoring 156 runs at the loss of eight wickets. Burl’s six-hitting rampage worked wonders for the hosts.

Zimbabwe’s top-order batters started off well, but Bangladesh managed to pick three wickets in the powerplay to take an upper hand in the game. Within the first 10 overs, the hosts had lost five of their batters as four Bangladesh bowlers shared the wickets. Burl took some time to settle in the game before starting off with his power-hitting prowess.

He smacked Nasum Ahmed for five sixes and a four in an over and amassed 34 runs off the six deliveries. He then took some singles before hitting Mahedi Hasan for a monstrous six and completed his half-century off just 24 deliveries. The game had completely slipped out of Bangladesh’s hand as Zimbabwe ended on a high note.

Zimbabwe bowlers did the job in the second half

Bangladesh’s chase didn’t start well as Liton Das had to walk back in the second over. Bangladesh failed to gain momentum as the hosts kept picking wickets at regular intervals and restricted the visitors from scoring much. Just like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh also lost three batters in the powerplay. Though there was some steadiness in the middle, the visitors could not accumulate runs.

Victor Nyauchi ended his four-over spell by picking three wickets and conceding just 29 runs. While Brad Evans bagged two wickets, Wessley Madhevere, Sean Williams, and Luke Jongwe grabbed one wicket each as a comprehensive effort from the bowlers helped Zimbabwe restrict Bangladesh to 146 runs. Zimbabwe won the third game by just 10 runs and clinched the T20I series by 2-1.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Zimbabwe’s triumph: