Ryan Brill, Luke Jongwe star for Zimbabwe in first T20I series win against Bangladesh

A seventh-wicket partnership of 79 between Ryan Brill and Luke Jongwe proved crucial as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 10 runs on Tuesday to win their first T20 International series between the countries.

After slumping to 6-67 in 13 overs in the third and final match, Brill and Jongwe hit eight sixes and six fours off 31 balls to give the hosts hope.

Both Jongwe (54) and Brill (35) were dismissed during the closing overs when they appeared to hammer medium pacer Hasan Mehmood over the ropes.

Zimbabwe ended their 20 overs on 156-8 and, ending a tense spell at the Harare Sports Club, restricted Bangladesh to 146-8 to win the series 2-1.

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It was a seven-wicket victory for the tourists a day after a 17-run victory for Zimbabwe last Saturday.

Zimbabwe’s total was achieved despite losing their regular top-scorer, Pakistani-born Sikandar Raza for a golden duck.

Mahmood and Mehdi Hasan were the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, both finishing with identical figures of 2-28 in four overs.

Always a little behind the required run rate, Bangladesh reached 131-6 in 18 overs, needing 26 runs to clinch the match and series victory.

Victor Nyachi, one of three changes to the Zimbabwe team on Sunday, restricted Bangladesh to seven runs in the final over.

With 19 runs needed in the last over, Jongwe held his nerve with the ball to ensure a Zimbabwean win. Afif Hussain was Bangladesh’s leading scorer with an unbeaten 39 off 27 balls.

Nyachi took three wickets and Brad Evans, another change after the second T20 loss, picked up two wickets for Zimbabwe, who have won seven out of eight matches in the shortest format since the start of July.

After a 3-0 home T20 and one-day international whitewash to Afghanistan, a change in fortunes came with the appointment of former star Dave Hughton as national coach.

Bangladesh were without captain and wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan due to a finger injury, which has ruled them out of the three-match ODI series starting in Harare on Friday.

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