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Madziva seals last over thriller for Zimbabwe

Madziva seals last over thriller for Zimbabwe
Tinashe Panyangara picked three wickets for Zimbabwe against Bangladesh in the second T20I.
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Zimbabwe 136-7 (Waller 40) beat
Bangladesh 135-9 (Anamul Haque 47) by three wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Mirpur

Neville Madziva sealed a last over thriller as Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by three wickets in the second Twenty20 International in Mirpur to level the two match series 1-1.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first under some cloud cover and Imrul Kayes (10) got the scoring underway with a boundary in the first over.

Tamim Iqbal (21) struck two sixes and a boundary before he holed out to long-on off Madziva (2-25).

In the next over, Kayes drove a full delivery from Tendai Chisoro (1-27) only to be caught in the covers by Sean Williams (0-26).

Bangladesh scored 38 for two in the powerplay overs before Graeme Cremer (2-21) struck in the first ball of his spell as Mushfiqur Rahim (9) picked Williams at deep mid-wicket to perfection.

At the half-way mark, Bangladesh were positioned at 69 for three.

Anamul Haque (47) and Sabbir Rahman (17) added 39 runs for the fourth wicket, going at just over run-a-ball.

Sabbir was dismissed by Cremer who trapped him plumb in front in his last over. With five overs left in the game, Bangladesh’s score read 102 for four. Haque struck two boundaries in the 16th over.

Tinashe Panyangara (3-30) struck twice in the next over to reduce Bangladesh to 121 for six.

First, Nasir Hossain (3) was castled by a slower delivery and then Mahmudullah (8) was caught at covers brilliantly by Luke Jongwe.

Madziva returned to claim the crucial wicket of Mashrafe Mortaza (0), who was bowled attempting a slog over the leg side.

Arafat Sunny (5) was dismissed in the penultimate over, caught at long on off Panyangara. Haque fell in the final over after being run out while attempting a second run.

Bangladesh managed to post 135 for nine in their quota of 20 overs. The best bowler for Zimbabwe was Panyangara with three wickets. Madziva and Cremer got two each while Chisoro claimed one.

Sikandar Raza (5) started the chase by hitting a boundary off the first ball. Al-Amin Hossain (3-20) provided the crucial breakthrough in the second over with back to two back wickets.

Raza was caught behind by the wicket-keeper while Williams (0) was bowled after missing a straight delivery.

Mustafizur Rahman (1-12) accounted for Regis Chakabva (4), who chipped a catch to point. Zimbabwe were reduced to 25 for three in the powerplay overs.

Craig Ervine (15) survived as the keeper missed a stumping chance but he ran himself out in the next over, looking for a non-existent single.

Elton Chigumbura (0) tried to up the ante but was caught at long off, giving Sunny (1-26) his first wicket in the innings. At the half-way mark, Zimbabwe needed 84 runs, with just five wickets in hand.

Jongwe (34) and Malcolm Waller (40) built a crucial 55-runn stand which gave hope for Zimbabwe. Waller struck three sixes in the partnership while Jongwe rotated the strike well.

Meanwhile, Al-Amin returned to pick his third wicket as Jongwe top-edged a delivery to square leg. With four overs remaining Zimbabwe needed 37 runs from 24 balls.

Madziva struck two boundaries but was caught behind in the penultimate over. Much to the dismay of Bangladesh, it turned out that Mustafizur had bowled a no ball.

With 18 runs still required from the final over, Zimbabwe lost Waller in the first ball, caught at long on off Nasir (1-45).

However, Madziva slammed two sixes and a four to seal a remarkable win in favour of Zimbabwe. This four wicket victory helped the visitors draw the T20I series 1-1.

Al-Amin was the most successful bowler whole Mustafizur, Sunny and Nasir picked up one scalp each.

For his all-round efforts, Madziva was picked as the man of the match. For scoring 108 runs from the two matches, Waller was selected as the man of the series.

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