Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in 2nd T20



Sports Desk, Barta24.com
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Zimbabwe fought back in the T20I series with a convincing 23-run win and a much better all-round show against Bangladesh in the second match in Harare on Friday.

Wessley Madhevere has become the player of the match.

Wellington Masakadza's three-wicket burst broke the visitors' middle order after Wessley Madhevere's career-best 73 had fired them to 166 for 6, 14 more than what they managed in the opening fixture.

In reply, Tigers managed to hit 143 runs losing all wickets in 19.5 overs. Debutant Shamim Hossain then struck a couple of sixes, swept and blasted down the ground, before Masakadza caught him at long-on off Luke Jongwe. Hossain made 29 off 13 balls, finishing with a strike rate of 223.07, the second best by a Bangladeshi on debut.

Pacer Shoriful Islam was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with 3-33 while Mahedi and Shakib took one wicket each.

The visitors' batting implosion, with most of their main batters getting caught, was coupled with several dropped catches. This was Zimbabwe's first win of the tour, having already lost the one-off Test and the ODI series 3-0, as well as the first T20I by eight wickets.

Masakadza was all over Bangladesh in this game, taking three wickets and three catches, in his first match-winning performance for Zimbabwe in a six-year career.