Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 4th T20I, Khulna January 22, 2016

Masakadza, Madziva help Zimbabwe level series

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Zimbabwe 180 for 4 (Masakadza 92*, Waller 36) beat Bangladesh 162 (Mahmudullah 54, Madziva 4-34, Chisoro 3-17) by 18 runs
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Hamilton Masakadza's series tally of 222 runs is a world record for most runs in a T20I bilateral series

First it was Hamilton Masakadza, who scored a record-breaking 93 to help Zimbabwe post a formidable total. Then came Tendai Chisoro's three-wicket haul that applied the brakes on Bangladesh's chase of 181 as the visitors levelled the series at 2-2 with an 18-run win in Khulna.

While Chisoro picked up the key wickets of Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan, and Mahmudullah, Neville Madziva, the pacer, did the damage at the start and towards the end as Bangladesh were bowled out for 162 in 19 overs to lose by 18 runs.

Bangladesh's chase started badly as the top four were blown away with just 17 on the board. Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes tried to resurrect the innings; Kayes slamming two fours and a six to briefly get the crowd going. But an attempted hoick over deep midwicket brought an end to his innings for a 14-ball 18 in the seventh over.

Mahmudullah, meanwhile, rode luck found boundaries through edges and clips, but he soon got into his zone by hammering sixes over deep midwicket and long-off. Along the way, he was also a recipient of a huge slice of luck when he was dropped by Vusi Sibanda on 13.

Nurul Hasan and Mahmudullah added 57 runs in 6.3 overs as the scales started to tilt again. But Sikander Raza revived Zimbabwe's hopes as he had Nurul, who was caught at cover. Mashrafe Mortaza, who has shown ability to wield the long handle, struck him for a four and six in the same over to reduce the equation down to 60 off the last six overs.

A hint of panic endured as Elton Chigumbura threw the ball to his frontline spinner Graeme Cremer. Panic turned into proper nerves as he too was tonked for six by Mashrafe. But one slog too many resulted in Mahmudullah's downfall at the other end as he missed a full ball from Chisoro. Abu Hider Rony swung his way around, but he his effort had to be consigned to being scant consolation for the hosts. He was the last man to fall as Luke Jongwe held on to a low catch at cover to complete the win.

The game started differently for Zimbabwe as they lost an early wicket, but Richmond Mutumbami and Masakadza got them up and running with a brisk 80-run stand. Mutumbami was also reprieved by Taskin Ahmed at short fine leg to add to Bangladesh's woes.

Masakadza brought out his entire range of strokes, using a combination of brute force and timing to negotiate Bangladesh's spinners on a slow deck. He too was reprieved on 36 as the hosts suddenly went off the boil. Despite dismissing Mutumbami for a 25-ball 32, Bangladesh didn't look like getting control as Malcolm Waller blasted his way to an 18-ball 36 to strengthen Zimbabwe's base.

On the night, the final flourish proved enough as Zimbabwe ran away emphatic winners as they restored parity to head into the World T20 with some confidence restored following a demoralising limited-overs series loss to Afghanistan earlier in the month. The jewel in Zimbabwe's twin wins to cap off their tour was Masakadza, whose 222 runs is a world record for most runs in aT20 bilateral series.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  •   Atif Ahmed Choudhury on January 28, 2016, 6:18 GMT

    So we still kind of suck at T20 cricket...meh I won't lose any sleep. All about the ODI game for me :-)

  • mrgupta on January 27, 2016, 7:25 GMT

    @Javiar: I m not sure how to respond. The team that had Tamim, Imrul, Shakib, Mahmudullah, Mushrafee, all first choice and supposedly well established and famous players. With these in team was it still a third string? I thought these were your world class players... a much weaker Zimbabwe team needs which first string from Bd?

  • Nithor on January 27, 2016, 5:35 GMT

    Those who think that Bijoy play for himself are the biggest fool. many people also think that Sachin also played for himself but at the end how many games he helped India to win. Bjjoy hold the innings , and always if you have wickets then you can fancy your chance at any time end of the innings , it also gives other batsman freedom to go at the end. going crazy throw your wickets does not make sense that you are playing for your team.

  • Bangla_Team on January 25, 2016, 14:42 GMT

    @ALEXNAG-Are you saying those players you mentioned would have beaten Bangladesh on BD against full strength BD? LOL. Do you think those players will make Zimbabwe far stronger than Pakistan India South Africa England etc who were blown away by First string BD side? than good luck with your incredible team!

  • Nithor on January 25, 2016, 13:31 GMT

    Those who says that BD needs T20 players who can power their muscle clear the boundary those are fools. it is physiological game, if you have wickets in your hand last 6 over you can score as many as possible , you can fancy your chance .moreover if you play consistently good cricket you will come back soon and win the matches in next game, Against SA BD made a similar mistake , they started to feel themselves as adventurous and prepare a spinning track but soon they realize their strength , play with your strength and change the approach according to format. it is pointless to be more adventurous and experiments with different players. pick a player who can cool their nerve , this format is very difficult to bat. to be a successful team in world cricket need calm . mentally strong batsman, how would you experiment with Shuvagoto hom instead Bijoy. Look at Mehdi of u19 , this boy is destined to become a star but if you experiment he might not become a star.

  • AlexNag on January 25, 2016, 9:46 GMT

    BD are being spoilt sports. Its like Zimbabwe crying for Brendon Talyor, Chatara, S Mire, K Jarvis, Sean Ervine, Craig Ervine, James Cameroon etc that they are not in the side. Or even the poached Gary Balance, and Curan brothers Tom and Sam. It doesn't make sense. Are you telling me that if BD looses those players for some reason then they don't have quality to beat Zimbabwe. Am sure an Australian A side would beat Zimbabwe and Australia would have no excuses if that side lost to either BD or Zimbabwe. A team is only as strong as its bench and saliently BD bench is pretty weak. Food for thought

  • Nithor on January 25, 2016, 7:35 GMT

    BD coach selector should not experiment much, as it can fire back and confidence can be very low, tams like BD needs more than motivation to perform consistantly. in middle order we need 2 player who can hold the innings , should keep wickets in hand and go for extravagant shot in last 6 overs. players like Bijoy and Mahmudullah should play in middle order who can hold the innings , i also think couple of players should bat at the end for hard hitting for increasing run rate but if you have wickets then you can fancy your chance as always.

  • chapathishot on January 25, 2016, 5:50 GMT

    Bangladesh is a good team and can beat any team at home if they play to their potential but the local media is writing up as if they are world champions.But one or two wins against teams at home will not make world champions,Fans also make big claims before the match ,bash all and sundry if they win and if they loose are sour looser and find all lame excuses for loosing .

  • kanad_Boston on January 24, 2016, 14:00 GMT

    @Javiar87: My dear friend, Most respectfully I beg to to inform you that your excuse is an utterly lame one. Before the series started, all your Bangladeshi news papers published that Afghanistan would be a better team than Zimbabwe so that there could be some competition in the series and with ZIM it would be a cake walk for Bangladesh. So series win was the target. In fact, right before the third match your PROTHOM ALO heading was "Series win is our birds eye" and there was numerous comments from your fans like "InshAllah we will win the series". Right before the fourth match the typical heading in your news paper was "At least we Have to win the series". Therefore, I also remind you the famous line from the Irish poet Oliver Goldsmith's poem THE VILLAGE SCHOOL MASTER,

    'Even though vanquished, He could argue still'

    Thank you.

  • drabdullahd on January 24, 2016, 9:55 GMT

    utterly disappointed 2 see bang batsmen making childish mistakes. their quality is still down at the bottom.tamim got castled by a half volley.cudnt compete against a mediocre bowling line up.as a bang fan im really worried that bang may not make it beyond da qualifying round of world t20

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