result
2nd T20I, Harare, Jul 23 2021, Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe
(19.5/20 ov, target 167)143
Zimbabwe won by 23 runs
Player Of The Match
73 (57)
wessley-madhevere

Phew! Zimbabwe edge past Bangladesh in the sixth attempt after running close on five occasions earlier. The series is all square at 1-1, and don't forget to join us for the decider on Sunday. Until then, you can hop on the action between Sri Lanka and India, as we bid goodbye to you today!

Andy: "So happy for Zimbabwe! Between broken shoes, dodgy administrators"

SunnyK: "What a Lucky Charm for Zimbabwe! Wellington Masakadza is literally Everywhere!"

Here's Raza: "Today we managed to tick a lot more boxes than we managed yesterday. [166 was enough?] I would have taken that [score], and with a young squad, it gives us confidence. We back ourselves to defend... Blessing listened to the team plan... and hopefully we all listen to the team plan for the final game!"

Madhevere is the Player of the Match for his knock of 73: "All credit to the boys. Everyone in the change room gave me positive ideas... The wicket was on the slower side, but credit to the Bangladesh bowlers - they bowled well. I'm starting to fancy opening in T20s, and build on that as well... "

Mahmudullah will speak first: "We didn't have a good partnership... We missed a few chances in the field, that's why they put big partnerships and got to a big total. We need to look into those areas and come back stronger. [Shoriful a positive?] Shoriful has been bowling really well. The bowlers have been trying really hard."

Time for the presentations

Hetelani Mukwak: "Today it was a real team work from the Zimbabwean side, all departments played very well. Thumbs up team Zimbabwe "

Camper: "@Hetelani Mukwak Tendai Chatara (at least for today) has looked all of the bowling partner that Muzarabani has been deserving for some time now. He bowled much better than Ngarava and probably if Ngarava had played this game would have been much closer."

4.05pm So here comes the hosts' first win of the tour. A real team effort from Zimbabwe, led by Madhevere, Burl and Masakadza, as they win by 23 runs. They posted 166 and avoided a batting collapse for a change, and their bowlers answered the call with a match-winning display. Zimbabwe's fielding was also spot-on - much in contrast to that of Bangladesh today - and an all-round effort means the series is levelled at 1-1.

19.5
W
Jongwe to Taskin, OUT

taken at long-on, and that's over. Good length ball bowled wide of off, as he swings his bat to play across the line. The ball finds Masakadza again, and he can't stop himself from celebrating with a smile and a shake of the shoulder. Zimbabwe win, finally

Taskin Ahmed c Masakadza b Jongwe 5 (16m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.5
19.4
Jongwe to Taskin, no run

short of a length again, and goes wide of off. Taskin swings his bat, but can't connect to that while playing away from his body

19.3
2
Jongwe to Taskin, 2 runs

yorker length on middle and off, and driven down the ground. A run-out chance at the keeper's end. Taskin wasn't dragging his bat, and that's touch-and-go as the bails are clipped just at the moment Taskin bangs his bat inside the crease

Shoriful is the new man, but Taskin will be on strike

19.2
W
Jongwe to Saifuddin, OUT

caught at extra cover while going for a heave. This was on a good length and wide of off again, as he made room to try and swing the bat, but could only sky that to the fielder

Mohammad Saifuddin c Sikandar Raza b Jongwe 19 (23m 15b 1x4 1x6) SR: 126.66
19.1
4
Jongwe to Saifuddin, FOUR runs

top-edges a pull past short third man. Short of a length and wide of off, the batter swings his bat and gets it through to the right of the fielder

19.1
1w
Jongwe to Saifuddin, 1 wide

the ball rolls over to the keeper, as this is bowled very full and wide of off. Called a wide, but Raza not happy as it was a very tight call

end of over 194 runs
BDESH: 136/8CRR: 7.15 RRR: 31.00 • Need 31 runs from 6b
Mohammad Saifuddin15 (13)
Taskin Ahmed3 (5)
Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-21-2
Tendai Chatara 4-0-24-2
18.6
1
Muzarabani to Saifuddin, 1 run

slower ball on a full length on middle and leg, and he pushes it to deep point by making room

18.5
Muzarabani to Saifuddin, no run

dances down after making room, but can't get bat on ball while trying to pull the short of a length ball on middle

18.4
2
Muzarabani to Saifuddin, 2 runs

clipped to deep square leg off the inside edge for a couple. This was bowled in the slot, but the batter swung his bat much earlier than the ball arrived

18.3
1
Muzarabani to Taskin, 1 run

another shortish ball on middle, tapped toward point with a skip in the crease

18.2
Muzarabani to Taskin, no run

good length ball on middle and leg, and angles back in as the batter makes room and the ball passes his inside edge on its way to the keeper

18.1
Muzarabani to Taskin, no run

goes for the swing, but the ball is pretty wide of him. Fullish length and outside off, as the batter plays while being stuck in his crease

35 from 12. Anyone for (more) drama?

Hetelani Mukwak: "Tendai Chatara is nolonger effective as he used to be some 5 years ago, it's high time that he should retire. "