Bangladesh in Zimbabwe, 3 T20I Series, 2021
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date & Time: 23 July 2021
RR: 7.21 | Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 23 runs
That concludes the proceedings for this match. Zimbabwe have levelled the series 1-1 and that makes the last T20I on Sunday a very interesting one. You can join us for all the action at 12.30 pm local (10.30 am GMT). The build-up will begin earlier. Cheers!
Sikandar Raza, the victorious Zimbabwe skipper, says that they managed to tick a lot more boxes in this match. Regarding 166 being enough, Raza replies that he would take that score as he has a very young squad. Also adds that they back themselves to defend. He is very impressed with the way Blessing Muzarabani bowled in the match and hopes that they will stick to the game plan in the final game.
THE MAN OF THE MATCH IS WESLEY MADHEVERE! He starts by crediting the boys and shares that everyone in the change room gave him positive ideas. Opines that the wicket was on the slower side and also credits the Bangladesh bowlers for bowling well. Tells that he is enjoying his opening slot and would look to build on this knock.
Mahmudullah, the captain of Bangladesh, says that they thought they will chase it down but losing wickets at regular intervals cost them the game. Feels that they didn't get the partnerships going. Adds that they missed a few chances in the field too. Mentions that they needed a big partnership and this is one area they would like to address. Praises Shoriful Islam for his bowling and states that the fielding unit needs to support the bowlers more.
Earlier in the day, the hosts bettered their batting show from the last game and posted a challenging total on the board. Wesley Madhevere was the chief contributor with the bat and then Ryan Burl provided them with the finishing touches. Zimbabwe had a good finish to their innings and that handed them the momentum going into the run chase.
Afif Hossain and debutant Shamim Hossain did try to revive the chase but the asking rate was too high and the job at hand was too big. Eventually, they also fell in the process of finding the boundaries. It was a team effort with the ball from Zimbabwe but you have to praise Wellington Masakadza extra for his stupendous spell in the middle overs. Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani and Luke Jongwe also contributed to the cause and altogether, it was a day to remember for the home team.
A convincing win for Zimbabwe and finally, they managed to hand a defeat to Bangladesh on this tour. They were very motivated on the field to put the bad experience of Thursday behind. Blessing Muzarabani provided them with a couple of early breakthroughs and after that, we witnessed some reckless shot selection from the Bangla batters. There were many questionable and avoidable shots played which led to their downfall. As a result, Bangladesh were never in the chase as the wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals.
Appeal for a run out. It's against Taskin Ahmed.
Shoriful Islam is the number 11 batsman.
31 needed off the final over. Luke Jongwe to bowl it.
Is Mohammad Saifuddin hit wicket? The keeper has spotted that the bails have come off and appealed. The umpires are getting it checked. Oh no, it has happened on its own. That's supernatural. Never seen that before. Maybe, wind.
Taskin Ahmed is the new batsman.
Tendai Chatara to bowl. 1/18 in his 3 overs so far.
Mohammad Saifuddin is in next.
Wesley Madhevere to bowl for the first time.
Sikandar Raza is back on to bowl his third over.
Debutant Shamim Hossain is in next. 99 needed off 52 balls.
Tendai Chatara is back into the attack. 2-0-9-0 are his figures so far.
Nurul Hasan is the new batsman.
Afif Hossain comes out to the middle with Bangladesh in a spot of bother. 115 needed off 71 balls.
Skipper Mahmudullah arrives in the middle. 122 needed off 80 balls.
Wellington Masakadza is introduced into the attack.
Luke Jongwe replaces Tendai Chatara from this end.
Shakib Al Hasan is the new batsman. 150 needed off 104 balls.
Mahedi Hasan has been promoted at number 3.
Blessing Muzarabani to operate now.
Tendai Chatara to bowl from the other end.