Bangladesh now lose ODI series to Zimbabwe
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A brilliant batting performance from Zimbabwe handed Bangladesh a five-wicket defeat in the second ODI at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday. With that victory, the hosts secure the three-match series with a game in hand.
It was their first ODI series win over Bangladesh since 2013. Earlier, the tourists lost the T20 series by 1-2 against the African nation.
After asking to bat first, the Tigers posted a healthy total of 290 runs. Skipper Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah Riyad hit half-centuries while Najmul Hossain Shanto and Afif Hossain played brilliantly as well. However, their performances went in vain as the hosts reached there comfortably with 15 deliveries in hand.
After a shaky start with the bat, Zimbabwe recovered nicely as Regis Chakabva and Sikandar Raza were looking really sharp and both smashed centuries. They made the highest fifth-wicket stand (201) in a Bangladesh versus Zimbabwe 50-over match. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim were the previous record holders (148).
Chakabva took just 72 balls to claim his maiden ton and before that Raza hit a century as well. Chakabva walked back to the pavilion after making 102 runs but Raza remained unbeaten on 117.
The hosts were in trouble as they lost three early wickets. They lost Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Innocent Kaia after collecting 13 runs inside just the first three overs. Hasan Mahmud picked up those wickets.
Kaitano walked off for a golden duck. He tried to defend but the ball kissed his bat and went behind. Mushfiqur Rahim did not make any mistake to grab it.
Kaia who smashed a century was the second batter to leave the crease after scoring seven runs. He threw his wicket in a similar fashion.
Later in the eighth over, Mehidy Hasan Miraz joined the party as he dismissed Wesley Madhevere. He made two off 16 before leaving the crease. The batter tried to sweep but missed and the ball struck in front of off.
Tadiwanashe Marumani was the fourth batter to leave the crease who made 25 runs from 42 balls. Taijul Isalm was the wicket-taker. Marumani tried to hit through midwicket but the ball ballooned off a leading edge. Miraz ran forward from cover to take the catch.
Earlier, Tamim brought up his second fifty in this series with the help of 10 gorgeous-looking boundaries and a maximum. He took just 44 balls to reach there. However, he gave away his wicket in the nest ball. Tanaka Chivanga was the wicket-taker.
On the other hand, Mahmudullah started slowly but caught up later. He played the anchor role in this match and remained unbeaten for 80 of 84 deliveries.
Tamim and Ananmul Haque Bijoy started the innings for the visitors. Litton Das was ruled out of the series as he sustained an injury in the first match which they lost by five wickets.
Bijoy was moving slowly but could not carry on and walked off after scoring 20 off 25 deliveries. Mushfiqur and Shanto were looking sharp in the middle but Mushfiqur walked back to the pavilion after scoring 25 runs. Wesley Madhevere removed him.
Post that, Mahmudullah and Shanto tried to make a big partnership. However, this time Shanto was the man to depart as Madhevere claimed his second wicket of the match. Shanto made 38 runs.
Afif who played a brilliant knock of 41 runs from the same number of deliveries was dismissed by Raza. The batter tried to hit a reverse-sweep but ended up giving up his wicket.
Later, Miraz came into the middle and was looking aggressive but could not carry on as he walked off after scoring 15 off 12 balls. Raza trapped Miraz as the ball struck on the pad.
Raza claimed three wickets while Madhevere picked up two. Chivanga and Victor Nyauchi claimed one wicket each for the hosts.