In the second Twenty20 cricket international on Sunday, Mosaddek Hossain claimed five top-order wickets to assist in limiting Zimbabwe to 135-8. Then, opener Litton Das blasted 56 off 33 deliveries to lead Bangladesh to a series-leveling seven-wicket victory.

When Mosaddek got a wicket with the opening ball of the game and another with the sixth, Zimbabwe, who had won the toss and chosen to bat, was in danger.

Midway through the third over, Mosaddek took his third victim, and the hosts fell to 6-3. He did this by having Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine caught at slip after the latter mistimed an attempted reverse sweep. As Zimbabwe sank to 31-5 in the seventh over, the right-arm offspinner added the wickets of Milton Shumba and Sean Williams, who was caught and bowled. Mosaddek’s four overs produced a 5-20 result.

Aiding Zimbabwe’s innings were Sikandar Raza’s 62 points from 53 deliveries and Ryan Burl’s 32 points from 31.

In response, Bangladesh scored 136-3 runs in 17.3 overs, with Das contributing to opening partnerships of 37 runs with Munim Shahriar (7) and 41 runs with Anamul Haque before Das was caught lbw by Williams.

After Zimbabwe won the first match by 17 runs, Afif Hossain (30) and Najmul Shanto (19) put up an unbroken 55-run fourth-wicket partnership to claim the victory and tie the three-match series. Tuesday in Harare will see the third and decisive T20 match.