Madziva glad to be going home with a win


Zimbabwe all-rounder Neville Madziva struggled to find words to describe his delight after he smashed 18 runs off the final over to win the second T20 against Bangladesh on Sunday.

Madziva smashed the runs off just four balls, taking his side to the 136 required after they lost the wicket of Malcolm Waller off the first ball of the 20th over. It gave Zimbabwe their only win of the tour.

When asked how he felt after the game, Madziva said: "Whoa! Whoa!"

He then added, after calming down: "Before the game, as a team we wanted to win this game. Right from the hotel to warm-ups, our first innings bowling, everyone was pumped up for a win. I am still chuffed that we won."

Nasir Hossain was the unlucky bowler to concede the runs, and Madziva said he was pleased to face the spinner as he was more confident against everyone who as not Mustafizur Rahman.

Madziva added: "If you see the 19th over, when I was facing Mustafizur, I was struggling to read his slower balls. I had that belief in me against all the other bowlers though.

"When I saw Nasir bowling, I told myself to get on strike. I had that self-belief that we will win this game. I enjoy facing spinners more. I said to myself, this is it. I will go back to my country with a win."

Skipper Elton Chigumbura was pleased that his side could go home with a drawn T20 series to their name, rather than adding another lost series to the ODI result.

He said: "To draw a series is a big positive for Zimbabwe. It was disappointing to lose the ODI series. This win will give us confidence and hopefully we can carry on from here."