Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in the 2nd T20I by 23 runs and levelled the three-match T20I series by 1-1. Zimbabwe did a comeback after losing the first match and outplayed Bangladesh in every department.
In the second T20I of the three-match series, Zimbabwe skipper Sikandar Raza won the toss and chose to bat first against Bangladesh at the Harare Sports Club on Friday.
Wesley Madhevere, Zimbabwe’s opening batsman, scored 74 runs in only 57 balls to help the hosts set a competitive total of 167 runs against Bangladesh. Madhevere smashed five fours and three sixes at a strike rate of 129.82. Ryan Burl and Dion Myers backed him up nicely. Burl hit two sixes and two fours in 19 balls to score 34 runs, while Myers hit 26 runs in just 21 balls.
Shoriful Islam again impressed with his excellent form for Bangladesh, taking three wickets, while Mahedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan each took one wicket.
While chasing, Bangladesh did not get the start which they wanted as they lost both their openers in three overs.
Bangladesh’s top order failed to contribute enough for the team as they kept losing wickets. Shamim Hossain and Mohammed Saifuddin played some strokes to recover the damage. In the end, Bangladesh fell 23 runs the team got all-out with one ball remaining.
Zimbabwe bowlers showcased brilliant performances. Luke Jongwe and Wellington Masakadza took three-three wickets while Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani got two wickets each.
Bangladesh got off to a strong start in the T20I series, winning the first match by eight wickets but Zimbabwe manages to level the series by winning 2nd match by runs. The last T20I will be played on Sunday, 25 July.