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Zimbabwe in Bangladesh, 2009


Bangladesh level series with thumping win

29 October 2009

Bangladesh erased the memory of their loss in the first ODI of 5 match GrameenPhone cup with a thumping 7 wicket win in the second ODI to level the series at Mipur Sher E Bangla Stadium in Mirpur today. After restricting Zimbabwe to a modeast 219, Bangladesh raced to the victory inside 30 overs with 123 balls to spare.

Left arm spinner Abdur Razzak was clinical with the ball and grabbed 5 Zimbabwe wickets for 29 runs. After Razzak's heroics with the ball, Shakib Al Hasan played a blistering 69 ball 105 to bring Bangladesh back in the series in the most commanding fashion.

Zimbabwe stand-in-skipper Hamilton Masakadza won the toss and opted to use the grassless batting wicket first. Zimbabwe started their innings well and posted an assuring 59 runs opening partnership. However, once Bangladesh spinners started to strangle the tourist batsmen, their lack of defense against quality spin bowling was exposed again. Zimbabwe lost wickets at regular interval and got bundled out for 219 in 47.2 overs. Malcom Waller was the top scorer for Zimbabwe with a fluent 39 ball 40. Chibabha and Taibu chipped in with useful 39 and 38 runs, respectively.

Bangladesh spiiners shared all 10 wickets betwwen them. Razzak's five for was ably supported by Naeem and Ashraful who bagged two wickets each while the skipper Shakib Al Hasan grabbed the all-important wicket of Elton Chigumbura.

Bangladesh started the chase with a spectacular display of power hitting and raced to 43 runs in first 3 overs. After the blistering start, Bangladesh derailed and lost three quick wickets and were in a spot of bother at 56 for 3 after 6.1 overs. Shakib joined Rakibul and the pair eased the nerve of Bangladesh dressing room with a perfect blend of positive strokeplay and regular rotation of strikes.

The pair shared an unbeaten 165 run partnership to steer Bangladesh to victory. While Shakib was aggressive between the two and hammered 15 boundaries and three sixes in his 105*, Rakibul played an excellent supporting role with a 75 ball 39.

The third match of the series will be played at the same venue on Saturday.


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