2nd T20I: Mosaddek’s five-wicket haul, Liton’s fifty power Bangladesh to series-level win over Zimbabwe

After losing the first game, Bangladesh made a spectacular comeback in the second T20I against Zimbabwe, turning the series into a decider.

Zimbabwe’s decision to bat after winning the toss had the opposite effect as Mosaddek Hossain laid a net around the batsmen. He dismissed Regis Chakabwa in the very first ball of the match and then took the wicket of Wesley Madhevere off the last ball of the over.

Captain Craig Ervine attempted an extraordinary reverse sweep to take the spinner out of his game, but the ball only went into first slip after taking off the glove. He took another wicket in the next over with a well-determined return catch to dismiss Sean Williams. Mossaddek thanked Hasan Mahmood for completing his five as the latter took a brilliant catch in the deep to end Milton Shumba’s stay at the crease.

Bowling four consecutive overs, Mosaddek finished with figures of 5/20, the second best for a Bangladesh bowler in T20I cricket. The off-spinner had barreled down on Zimbabwe at 32/5 at the end of 7 overs.

The special partnership of Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burle got the hosts out of trouble. The pair played risk-free cricket in the subsequent overs and did not attack Bangladesh until the 13th over bowled by Afif Hossain. He collected 12 runs in the over, which set the stage for the rest of the innings.

Raza scored his second half-century in the same number of matches. The pair added 80 runs for the sixth wicket and helped Zimbabwe achieve a competitive target of 136 runs.

Chasing a modest target, Bangladesh opener Liton Das got the team off to a blazing start with the bat and ended any chances for Zimbabwe to make a comeback. He hit Tanaka Chiwanga for two sixes and a four in the third over to get the ball rolling and the attack continued even as Bangladesh lost Munim Shahriar in the powerplay.

Liton completed his half-century with a boundary in just 30 balls, but was caught in front of the stumps by Sean Williams in the very next over. Anmul Haque was the third wicket to fall for the Tigers, but a quick start had brought down the required run-a-ball.

Batting deftly, Afif Hossain and Najmul Hossain Shanto mixed caution with aggression to give Bangladesh an easy victory with seven wickets and 15 balls to spare.

Brief scores: Zimbabwe 135/8 in 20 overs (Raza 62; Hossain 5-20) lost to Bangladesh 136/3 (Liton 56) by 7 wickets in 17.3 overs

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