Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque added 158 runs for the first wicket © AFP
Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque added 158 runs for the first wicket © AFP

Nov 23, 2014

Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by 68  runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) played at Chittagong on Sunday. With this win, Bangladesh also stretched their lead to 2-0 in the ODI series. It was the Zimbabwe batting which once again dissapointed to compliment the bowling performance put up by their bowlers.

Chasing a score of 252, Zimbabwe were jolted by Mashrafe Mortaza’s  three quick wickets. The first one to go was Hamilton Masakadza who was bowled by Mortaza in the first over. Vusi Sibanda was who came in at No. 3 was the next one to fall. Sikandar Raza was the third victim of Mortaza as he was removed in the ninth over of the match. Brendan Taylor followed Raza as he was was dismissed trying to reverse sweep Arafat Sunny.

Regis Chakabva and Solomon Mire started the repair work and built a 65-run partnership. Mire also got his maiden ODI half-century only in his second ODI. But wickets kept flowing and run-rate climbed up drastically. Arafat Sunny finished off the things as he struck thrice in the 45th over which ruined all the Zimbabwean hopes.

Earlier, Bangladesh managed to score 251 for seven in the stipulated 50 overs. Bangladesh captain, Mashrafe Mortaza decided to bat first after winning the toss and fielded an unchanged team. Zimbabwe too came to this match with the same team.

Bangladesh openers, Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque gave the team a stable start as they started slowly but slowly started hitting occasional boundaries which relieved the pressure. The first wicket fell when the score reach 158. This was also the second-highest opening stand for Bangladesh in ODIs. The highest opening stand is 170 runs between Mehrab Hossain and Shariar Hossain against Zimbabwe at Dhaka in 1999.

Bangladesh took the powerplay early in the 28th over made up for the slow start as 42 runs came from it. Both Tamim and Haque were dismissed after scoring half-centuries.

The middle-order failed to capitalize on the sound start provided the openers. The wickets stumbled in pairs and at one point seemed difficult for Bangladesh to reach even 230. But, Mominul Haque who was demoted to No.7 came good with the bat as he remained unbeaten to score 33 off 23 balls. The penultimate over of the Bangladesh innings leaked 14 runs.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 251 for 7 in 50 overs (Anamul Haque 80; Tafadzwa Kamungozi 2 for 38 ) beat  Zimbabwe 183 all out in 44.5 overs  (Solomon Mire 50; Arafat Sunny 4 for 29) by 68 runs.

Man of the Match: Mashrafe Mortaza

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