Zim­babwe snatch dra­matic T20 win against Bangladesh

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DHAKA: Neville Madziva hit 18 runs in the last over as Zim­babwe pulled off a nail-bit­ing three-wicket vic­tory against Bangladesh in the sec­ond Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional to level the two-match se­ries in Dhaka yes­ter­day.

Madziva first starred with his pace bowl­ing and then made the most of a re­prieve to score an un­beaten 28 runs to steer Zim­babwe to 136-7 in 19.5 overs, af­ter the visi­tors re­stricted Bangladesh to 135-9 at the Sher-e-Bangla Na­tional Sta­dium.

Bangladesh, who won the pre­ced­ing one-day se­ries 3-0, al­most sealed off an­other clean-sweep when Nasir Hos­sain dis­missed Mal­colm Waller in the first ball of the last over, but Madziva hit the off-spin­ner for 6, 2, 4, and 6 off the next four balls to stun the home crowd.

Madziva was caught be­hind for 10 in the pre­vi­ous over off medium pacer Mustafizur Rah­man, but the right-han­der was called back af­ter tele­vi­sion re­plays showed Rah­man had over­stepped.

Waller made 40 off 27 balls with two fours and three sixes and shared 55 runs in the sixth wicket stand with Luke Jongwe (34) as Zim­babwe re­cov­ered from a wob­bly 39-5 to win the game. The vic­tory ended Zim­babwe’s 13-match los­ing streak against Bangladesh in all for­mats of the game.

“When I saw Nasir bowl­ing, I told my­self to get on strike,” Madziva said af­ter the match. “I had that self-be­lief that we will win this game. “I enjoy fac­ing spin­ners more. I said to my­self, this is it. I will go back to my coun­try with a win,” he said.

Ana­mul Haque ear­lier made 47 off 51 balls to hold the Bangladesh in­nings to­gether amid a free-fall of wick­ets at the other end. Pacer Ti­nashe Panyan­gara claimed 3-30 for Zim­babwe while leg-spin­ner Graeme Cremer and Madziva claimed two wick­ets each giv­ing away 21 and 25 runs re­spec­tively.

The hosts started con­fi­dently as Tamim Iqbal and Im­rul Kayes put on 34 runs in the open­ing stand af­ter skip­per Mashrafe Mor­taza elected to bat first.

Tamim mis­cued a pull shot off Madziva to give a catch to Sean Wil­liams at long on for 21 and Kayes fell in the next over to Tendai Chisoro for 10. Zim­babwe then made reg­u­lar break­throughs to keep the home side in check. Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathu­rus­inghe said his side was still de­vel­op­ing in the Twenty20 for­mat. “I think we still need to find our best game­plan, ap­proach and com­bi­na­tion,” he said. “We are still de­vel­op­ing in T20s. So in that sense I think we have prob­a­bly a long way to go to be con­sis­tent.”

Ana­mul was run out in the fi­nal over as Bangladesh set­tled for their low­est to­tal against Zim­babwe in five Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als. — AFP

DHAKA: Zim­babwe’s Sean Wil­liams is bowled out by Bangladesh’s Al-Amin Hos­sain dur­ing their sec­ond Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yes­ter­day. — AP

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