Opener Hamilton Masakadza played his career best T20 innings as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 18 runs in Khulna on Friday to draw the four-match Walton T20 Cricket Series 2-2.
Masakadza blasted eight fours and five sixes to make 93 as his team recorded 180 for 4, their highest ever T20 international total.
Winning the toss, visiting skipper Elton Chigumbura opted to bat first, but Mashrafe Bin Mortaza struck in the very first over to send Vusi Sibanda back to the pavillion.
Richmond Mutumbami and Masakadza then gave the Tigers bowlers a tough time, making 90 in just over 9 overs. The former blasted 32 off 25 balls while Malcom Waller fired 36 off just 18 balls thanks to three sixes and a four.
Taskin Ahmed stopped the Waller bandwagon with a beautiful yorker, or else it could have gone worse for his team, given the mood the Zimbabwean hard-hitter was in.
Shakib Al Hasan and Abu Hider also took a wicket each.
In reply, Bangladesh were dealt a huge blow in the second over as fast bowler Neville Madziva sent both the openers, Soumya Sarkar (11) and Tamim Iqbal (1), back to the pavillion. Tendai Chisoro made it worse for the hosts in the next over, picking up the wickets of in-form Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan.
Mahmudullah stood strong now, making 57 with Nurul Hasan and another 24 with his skipper, Mashrafe. Mashrafe smashed 22 in just 12 balls to show some hope, but the fall of Mahmudullah ended the Tigers’ dreams of another series win.
Mahmudullah was the hosts’ top-scorer, his 54 coming off 41 balls courtesy of five fours and two sixes.
Madziva bagged four wickets for the visitors while Chisoro grabbed three.