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Zimbabwe stun Bangladesh to draw T20 series

Dhaka: Neville Madziva hit 18 runs in the last over as Zimbabwe pulled off a nail-biting three-wicket victory against Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 international to level the two-match series in Dhaka yesterday.

Zimbabwe's Neville Madziva reacts after winning the second T20 match against Bangladesh in Dhaka yesterday. Pic/AFP
Zimbabwe's Neville Madziva reacts after winning the second T20 match against Bangladesh in Dhaka yesterday. Pic/AFP

Madziva first starred with his pace bowling and then made the most of a reprieve to score an unbeaten 28 runs to steer Zimbabwe to 136-7 in 19.5 overs, after the visitors restricted Bangladesh to 135-9 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Bangladesh, who won the preceding one-day series 3-0, almost sealed off another clean-sweep when Nasir Hossain dismissed Malcolm Waller in the first ball of the last over, but Madziva hit the off-spinner for 6, 2, 4, and 6 off the next four balls to stun the home crowd.

Madziva was caught behind for 10 in the previous over off Mustafizur Rahman, but the right-hander was called back after television replays showed Rahman had overstepped. Waller made 40 as Zimbabwe recovered from 39-5 to win the game.

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