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Shamim Hossain blasted Bangladesh to victory in a nail-biting finish as it chased down an imposing target to beat Zimbabwe by five wickets and secure the three-match Twenty20 series at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
Zimbabwe raced to its second-highest T20 tally of 193-5 but Shamim powered Bangladesh over the line with four balls to spare with an unbeaten 31 off 15 balls as it scored 194-5 for a 2-1 series win. It completed a sweep of the one-off Test and the three One Day International series between the two countries.
Zimbabwe looked to be in the driving seat as Wesley Madhevere scored 54 and Regis Chakabva 48 after it won the toss and elected to bat. Ryan Burl again contributed at the close of the innings with 31 not out off 15 balls. Soumya Sarkar led Bangladesh’s chase with 68 off 49 balls before slicing Luke Jongwe’s delivery to long on but captain Mahmudullah weighed in with an important 34 and then Shamim came to the crease to finish it off with a blistering assault on the home bowling.
The Tigers began the tour with victory in a one-off Test, then won all three one-day internationals. All seven matches were played behind closed doors in Harare because of the coronavirus pandemic. “The boys showed their character, everybody contributed. Shamim played a crucial knock and it was a good show by the batsmen,” said captain Mahmudullah Riyad. “I think Soumya is a useful all-rounder. When I gave him the ball he got me two wickets and when the team needed him to stand up with the bat, he did so.”
SCORES IN BRIEF
BANGLADESH 194 for 5 (Sarkar 68, Mahmudullah 34, Shamim 31*) beat ZIMBABWE 193 for 5 (Madhevere 54, Chakabva 48, Sarkar 2-19) by five wickets.

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