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Zimbabwe bat; Shamim Hossain makes T20I debut

24 Jul 2021, 00:43 GMT+10

Zimbabwe 166 for 6 (Madhevere 73, Burl 34*, Shoriful 3-33) beat Bangladesh 143 (Shamim 29, Masakadza 3-20, Jongwe 3-31) by 23 runsZimbabwe fought back in the T20I series with a convincing 23-run win and a much better all-round show against Bangladesh in the second match in Harare. Wellington Masakadza's three-wicket burst broke the visitors' middle order after Wessley Madhevere's career-best 73 had fired them to 166 for 6, 14 more than what they managed in the opening fixture.The visitors' batting implosion, with most of their main batters getting caught, was coupled with several dropped catches. This was Zimbabwe's first win of the tour, having already lost the one-off Test and the ODI series 3-0, as well as the first T20I by eight wickets.Masakadza was all over Bangladesh in this game, taking three wickets and three catches, in his first match-winning performance for Zimbabwe in a six-year career.The Blessing and Masakadza show

But it was Blessing Muzarabani who gave Zimbabwe a good start with the ball. He removed Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar, the opening pair that put together a 102-run stand in the previous game. Naim inside-edged one onto his stumps before Sarkar mistimed one to covers; both falling within the space of four balls in the third over.Masakadza came into the game in the seventh over when he had Shakib Al Hasan caught at cover, before Mahmudullah and Mahedi Hasan both holed out in the deep in Masakadza's next over. Tendai Chatara provided a further blow by getting Nurul Hasan caught at the point boundary, with Masakadza taking the catch.Debutant Shamim Hossain then struck a couple of sixes, swept and blasted down the ground, before Masakadza caught him at long-on off Luke Jongwe. Hossain made 29 off 13 balls, finishing with a strike rate of 223.07, the second best by a Bangladeshi on debut.A supernatural hit-wicket before Zimbabwe wrap it up

Chatara had Afif Hossain caught at the deep midwicket boundary in the 18th over, before something really strange happened. Following an appeal for hit-wicket against Mohammad Saifuddin, replays showed that the bail had fallen on its own, probably due to a breeze, as the middle stump too pegged back on its own.Jongwe then removed Saifuddin and Taskin Ahmed in the last over to take his tally to three wickets in the innings. Muzarabani and Chatara took two wickets each and Masakadza fittingly took the last catch, as the Bangladesh batters time and again holed out in the deep.Full report to follow...BangladeshZimbabweZimbabwe vs BangladeshBangladesh in Zimbabwe

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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