Raza fights back after Mosaddek fifer

Bangladesh bowler Mosaddek Hossain (L) celebrates the wicket of Zimbabwe batsman Craig Ervine with captain Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan during the second T20 cricket match played between Bangladesh and hosts Zimbabwe, on 31 July, 2022 at the Harare Sports ClubAFP

Sikander Raza struck a fighting half-century after Mosaddek Hossain’s maiden five-wicket haul to take Zimbabwe to 135-8 in their 20 overs in the second Twenty20 International at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

All-rounder Mosaddek bamboozled the Zimbabwean top-order and finished with figures of 5-20 in his four overs after Bangladesh was asked to bowl first for the second straight occasion in the series.

Mosaddek struck in the very first ball of the innings, when Regis Chakabva edged a loose delivery from the off-spinner straight into the hands of wicketkeeper and skipper Nurul Hasan.

Wesley Madhevere, who had top-scored in the first T20I with an unbeaten 67, then threw his wicket away in the same over, giving a simple catch to Mahedi Hasan at cover to depart for four.

Mosaddek then reduced Zimbabwe to 6-3 by getting Craig Ervine caught at slip. Sean Williams was Mosaddek’s next victim, this time the bowler both inducing and completing the catch.

The 26-year-old completed his fifer thanks to Hasan Mahmud, who took a diving catch to remove Milton Shumba for three.

Bangladeh's Liton Das takes a catch to dismiss Zimbabwe batsman Craig Ervine

Mosaddek is now the fourth Bangladeshi bowler after Elias Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan to take five wickets in a T20I.

From 31-5 after 6.5 overs, Raza and Ryan Burl got together and formed an 80-run partnership for the sixth wicket to give the Zimbabwean total some respectability.

The partnership finally ended when Hasan Mahmud rattled the stumps of Burl to dismiss him for 32 off 31 balls.

Raza, after making 62 off 52 balls, departed the following over when he got caught at cover by Munim Shahriar off Mustafizur Rahman.

Luke Jongwe (11 off five balls) struck a six to take 11 runs in the final over as the score tricked over the 130-mark.

Earlier, Bangladesh had made two changes in their playing XI, dropping Taskin Ahmed and Nasum Ahmed for Hasan Mahmud and Mahedi Hasan respectively.