5th Match (N), Chattogram, Sep 20 2019, Bangladesh Twenty20 Tri-Series
(19.3/20 ov, target 156)
Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
ZIM Innings
Full commentary

So Zimbabwe have stalled Afghanistan's winning run at 12 T20Is in Hamilton Masakadza's farewell game. That's all from our side for this game. See you soon.

Hamilton Masakadza: Fantastic feeling to finish off like this. It's something we spoke about in the changing room. It was a monkey to get off our back [to beat Afghanistan in T20Is]. The boys have showed a lot of fight throughout the tournament. Had we won the first game, it would have been a different tournament. Lots of ups and downs in the career. A few highlights are obviously being the most-capped player and being handed my maiden cap by Grant Flower. First overseas win in Sri Lanka and then the Test match we won here. Those are some of the highlights. I have to something back to the game, to the youngsters as well. I am around in the domestic circuit. Thanks to the players, coaches and support staff. Lots of feelings going through but the biggest one is of being thankful.

Mpofu: It was a good day, I enjoyed myself there. I tried to use my bounce and changing the pace and I think the wicket supported me.

Christopher Mpofu is the Man of the Match for his four-wicket haul.

Rashid Khan: We tried our best. The problem was we had a good start but couldn't finish as we did in the last two games. We will take the positives from here and try to no repeat the mistakes. The main idea behind testing bench strength was to prepare the team for the World Cup. You have different players for different formats and they have their mindset set for the format. So that's good for the captain, having different teams for different formats.

Special mementos for Hamilton Masakadza from both boards.

Time for the presentation ceremony.

9.40pm What a comeback from Zimbabwe after conceding 84 in the first ten overs to give their captain a fitting farewell. In fact, he himself played a big hand in it, scoring 71 off just 42 to set up the chase. Chakabva, who was happy to play second fiddle when his captain was around, hit a couple of sixes to bring the equation down to 17 runs needed off 18 balls. Mujeeb dismissed him and could have had Williams on the very next ball but dropped a simple return catch. There were no surprises after that as Zimbabwe registered their first win in nine T20I outings against Afghanistan.

Dawlat Zadran to Williams, 1 run
a slower length ball but down the leg side, pulled away towards fine leg to seal the game
Dawlat Zadran to Williams, no run
short of length around off, cuts it again but finds cover this time
Dawlat Zadran to Williams, no run
length ball around off, cuts it straight towards mid-off
Dawlat Zadran to Williams, 1 wide
and he starts with a leg-side wide, full but the line wasn't right. The scores are level

Just two needed now. Dawlat Zadran to bowl the last over

PGhosh: "No win against Afghanistan in T20I for Zimbabwe in 8 matches. And then first win at the last international for Masakadza. What a farewell gift to him and he earned the gift from leading the front. "

end of over 194 runs
ZIM: 154/3CRR: 8.1 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 2 runs from 6b
Sean Williams20 (21)
Tinotenda Mutombodzi1 (2)
Rashid Khan4-0-29-0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman4-0-28-2
Rashid Khan to Williams, 1 run
length ball on the stumps, flicked towards midwicket
Rashid Khan to Williams, no run
beaten! Length ball around off, a topspinner, Williams was looking to push at it and misses
Rashid Khan to Mutombodzi, 1 run
length ball on the pads, tucked away towards square leg
Rashid Khan to Mutombodzi, no run
length ball around off, punched towards covers
Rashid Khan to Williams, 1 run
length ball around off, punched towards covers where fielders puts in the slide and looks to throw towards the bowler but the dew means the ball ends near the point area. No extra runs though
Rashid Khan to Williams, 1 wide
fuller, googly, but down the leg side, Williams tumbles over while trying to put that away but makes no contact
Rashid Khan to Williams, no run
length ball outside off, goes for the cut and misses

Just six needed now. Can Zimbabwe finish it in this over?

end of over 1811 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 150/3CRR: 8.33 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 6 runs from 12b
Sean Williams18 (17)
Tinotenda Mutombodzi0 (0)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman4-0-28-2
Rashid Khan3-0-25-0

An eventful over that. A wicket, a drop and Zimbabwe still managed 11 from that

Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Williams, 1 run
flatter on the stumps, pulls it towards deep square leg and retains the strike
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Williams, FOUR runs
fuller on the stumps, goes for the slog sweep, not from the middle of the bat but in the gap and dribbles to the deep midwicket boundary, to the left of the fielder there

isaac: "There are no shortages of talent in Zim cricket! Its just the lack of confidence hampers them! -a BD fan"

Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Williams, 2 runs
fuller on the pads, chipped towards midwicket and they scamper back for the second
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Williams, FOUR runs
short of length outside off, rocks back and cuts it towards the deep extra cover boundary
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Williams, no run
and he's dropped it. Fuller around off and guess what, Williams has chipped it straight to the bowler but Mujeeb spills it

Around the wicket

Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Chakabva, OUT
and he gets a wicket straightaway. Was a length ball around off, Chakabva looks to go for another six, but ends up hitting this slog sweep straight to Rashid at deep midwicket
RW Chakabva c Rashid Khan b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 39 (32b 1x4 2x6) SR: 121.87

17 needed from last three. Mujeeb is back

end of over 179 runs
ZIM: 139/2CRR: 8.17 • RRR: 5.66 • Need 17 runs from 18b
Regis Chakabva39 (31)
Sean Williams7 (12)
Rashid Khan3-0-25-0
Mohammad Nabi4-0-40-0
Rashid Khan to Chakabva, 1 run
fuller around off, comes forward and tucks it towards midwicket
Rashid Khan to Chakabva, SIX runs
fuller around off and Chakabva brings out the slog sweep this time, was a googly and he has just smashed it absolutely for a flat six over deep midwicket
Rashid Khan to Williams, 1 run
another reverse sweep, connects it nicely this time but there is a sweeper cover in place
Rashid Khan to Williams, no run
flatter outside off, was looking to work it on the leg side, a leading edge towards cover-point
Rashid Khan to Williams, no run
length ball just outside off, goes for the reverse sweep but misses and is rapped on the pads