Akash Das Sports Correspondent:
In the second match of the three-match ODI series of the ICC Super League, Bangladesh won the series 2-0 by defeating host Zimbabwe by 3 wickets.
Hosts Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first against visiting Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club. Opener Kumunhukaui returned to the dressing room after Afif Hossain’s palate was bowled by Taskin Ahmed for 3 runs.
Another opener Marmumio could not settle for a long wicket after losing his opening partner. Mehedi Hasan was the victim of 13 runs.
In such a situation, captain Brendon Taylor wanted to handle the initial push with wicketkeeper-batsman Raigis Chakava, who came down to bat in three overs. However, when Shakib Al Hasan returned with a personal 26, Chakava returned and broke the 47-run partnership between the two for the third wicket.
After Chakavar’s departure, Taylor led the way for a big pair of Zimbabweans with Dion Meyers, who went down to bat at number five. However, for the first time in cricket, he had to leave the field with a taste of hit wickets. On the other hand, the young Meyers returned with 34 runs after becoming the second victim of Shakib.
Returning to the national team after a long absence, the young Madhabare scored 63 runs for the sixth wicket with Sikandar Raja.
The pair broke up when they returned to Madhava with 56 runs off 63 balls. In the end, Zimbabwe lost 9 wickets at the end of 50 overs due to batting failure of the batsmen and got a meager capital of 240 runs. Before returning to the dressing room as the ninth batsman, 20 runs came from Raja’s bat. Shariful Islam took 4 wickets and Shakib Al Hasan took 2 wickets for Bangladesh. Taskin Ahmed Mehedi Hasan took 1 wicket each.
Captain Tamim Iqbal returned to the dressing room after batting for the target of 241 runs given by Zimbabwe. Another Liton Das could not go far after losing his opening partner. Eleven times he returned with 21 runs. Mohammad Mithun, who failed to get down to four, scored only 2 runs. Another all-rounder, Mosaddeq Hossain, also failed to reach the bat today. As a result, Bangladesh lost four first-line batsmen for 75 runs.
All-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad put on a 55-run stand with Shakib Al Hasan to bat for three. However, Mahmudullah had to return after falling victim to Mujrabami for 27 runs. Mehdi Hasan, who came to the wicket after Mahmudullah’s farewell, returned with only 7 runs. Returning to the Zimbabwe team after a long absence, Afif’s bat came off 15 runs before being stumped by Raja. As a result, Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin’s 69-run stand in the eighth wicket partnership helped Bangladesh win the match by losing 6 wickets for just 163 runs. Shakib Al Hasan remained unbeaten on 96 off 109 balls with six fours. Zimbabwe took 2 wickets. Madhavre-Raja-Mujrabami and Egraba took 1 wicket each.
Zimbabwe 240/9 (50 overs)
56 Taylor 46 in Madhav
Shariful 4/46 Shakib 2/42
Bangladesh 242/7 (49.5 overs)
Shakib 96 * Saifuddin 28 *
Jangue 2/46 Mujrabami 1/31
Result: Bangladesh won by 3 wickets.
Best of the match: Shakib Al Hasan