Malcolm Waller the other hero for the visitor as it ends tour of Bangladesh with T20I series-levelling win
Neville Madziva's last-over heroics and a 27-ball 40 from Malcolm Waller gave Zimbabwe a series levelling three-wicket in a thrilling second Twenty20 International against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday (November 15).
Madziva had a good all-round day as the fireworks with the bat came after a good spell of 2 for 25 off four overs in Bangladesh's innings.
The result meant that the two-match series ended with honours even at 1-1, Bangladesh having won the first game by four wickets.
Bangladesh had made 135 for 9 in its 20 overs, riding on a 51-ball 47 from Anamul Haque, after it had elected to bat. It then had the chase well in control until the start of the last over, bowled by Nasir Hossain. Zimbabwe needed 18 runs at the time, with four wickets in hand. Nasir made it that much harder for Zimbabwe with a wicket off the very first delivery when he had Waller caught at long-on. But Madziva smashed a six, a four and another six off consecutive deliveries to take Zimbabwe past the target with a delivery to spare.
The first of the sixes came through an inside-out shot over the covers, while the four was a fortuitous one as it came off the outside edge. A straight hit down the ground then sealed the game. Madziva finished not out on 28 off 19 balls, with three fours and two sixes against his name.
Before Madziva, it was Waller who carried Zimbabwe's hopes. He walked in during a tough situation, with Zimbabwe at 39 for 5 in 8.4 overs.
Al-Amin Hossain, Bangladesh's best bowler with 3 for 20, got a wicket off his first ball when Sikandar Raza drove away from the body and inside edged to Mushfiqur Rahim, who took a sharp catch. Off the very next ball, Al-Amin went through Sean Williams's defence as Zimbabwe was reduced to 7 for 2.
Mustafizur Rahman also found early success, when Regis Chakabva gave a catch to Sabbir Rahman at point off the bowler's second delivery.
Rahim then missed a stumping chance against Craig Ervine off Arafat Sunny, the left-arm spinner, but Ervine was run out in the next over after a mix-up with Luke Jongwe. Sunny would eventually have his first wicket when Elton Chigumbura mistimed a lofted shot to long-off.
Waller began the recovery with a 55-run sixth-wicket partnership with Jongwe. The stand came off 41 balls and helped Zimbabwe partially offset the early damage. That was until Al-Amin accounted for Jongwe, who top edged a pull and Imrul Kayes at square leg ran back to hold on to the tough chance. Jongwe had made 34 off 38 balls. From there on, it was Waller to start with and then Madziva with the finishing touches.
Earlier in the day, Tamim Iqbal and Kayes laid a solid platform with a 34-run opening stand in just 3.4 overs. Iqbal, who had dominated the stand with 21 off 15 balls, was the first to go, perishing to Madziva's medium pace. Kayes fell soon after, and Anamul held the innings together after that.
Anamul held his end up, but with wickets falling at frequent intervals at the other end, his effort did not result in a big score for Bangladesh. He was the last man dismissed when he was run out attempting a tough second run.
Tinashe Panyangara and Madziva, the new-ball bowlers, finished with 3 for 30 and 2 for 25 respectively, while Graeme Cremer returned 2 for 21.
Bangladesh had won the preceding three-match One-Day International series 3-0.
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