Bangladesh need 167 runs to seal Zimbabwe T20 series
News Desk || risingbd.com
Tigers need 167 runs to seal Zimbabwe series as the hosts scored 166 runs losing 6 wickets in 20 overs in the second T20 of the three-match series at the Harare Sports Club Ground on Friday (July 23).
Wessley Madhevere hit career best 73 runs off 57 balls with help of five boundaries and three sixes while Ryan Burl and Dion Myers chipped in with 34 and 26 respectively.
Pacer Shoriful Islam was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with 3-33 while Mahedi and Shakib took one wicket each.
Batting first for the second straight T20, Zimbabwe lost opener Tadiwanashe Marumani in the second over when off-spinner Mahedi Hasan rattled his stumps for only three.
The hosts could have lost Regis Chakabva in the very next over for a duck when he top-edged a pull shot off Taskin Ahmed but lack of calling between Shoriful Islam and Mahedi Hasan, both of whom could have taken the catch, meant that the ball fell right between them in the boundary.
But Chakabva couldn’t cash in on his life, with Shakib removing him in the final powerplay over for 14.
Madhevere and Myers then added 57 runs for the third wicket to set up a base for the final six overs.
They were aided by the fielders as Madhevere was dropped in the 12th over by Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah of the bowling of Shakib when he was batting on 44.
In the previous over, Myers could have been run-out twice but on both occasions the fielders missed to make the opportunity count.
Shoriful finally removed Myers but Madhevere completed his third fifty in T20Is and added upped his scoring rate.
Madhevere finally departed in the 18th over off Shoriful but Burl took the onus on himself.
The left-hander took the score over 150 and with the help of a couple of fours and sixes in his unbeaten 19-ball innings.
Bangladesh fielders were guilty of giving away overthrows, a miss-field that led to a four and even a dropped catch in the penultimate ball of the innings in a very sloppy fielding performance from a young side.
Bangladesh won the first T20 by eight wickets and lead the series 1-0.