Zimbabwe notch six-wicket win over Bangladesh to level series 1-1

Sean Williams was adjudged man of the match for his innings of 78 runs © AFP

Bulawayo: May 5, 2013

A fine half-century by Sean Williams backed by useful contributions from the top order helped Zimbabwe register a six-wicket win against Bangladesh on Sunday to level the three-match ODI series 1-1.
 
Vusi Sibanda who was selected in the team for the second ODI fell just one short of his half-century but his innings helped Zimbabwe secure momentum early in the chase of 253 runs. A partnership of 65 runs between Sibanda and Sikandar Raza at a healthy rate laid the foundation of the chase. Zimbabwe batsmen scored a boundary of seven consecutive overs at the start which kept a check on the run-rate.
 
Sibanda and Raza fell in quick succession opening a window of opportunity for Bangladesh. Sibanda went for a sweep shot off Shakib al Hasan and was struck on the pads in front of middle and off stump. Raza departed in the next over trying to chip the ball over midwicket only to hand a simple catch to Shakib. He scored 23 runs.
 
At 94 for three, skipper Brendon Taylor was joined by Sean Williams. The duo then beautifully paced their innings to take their team to safety. Taylor was dismissed for 37 runs by Ziaur Rahman. The Zimbabwe skipper tried to loft the ball over midwicket and was caught by Monimul Haque which ended the 73-run partnership.
 
A composed Williams continued his fluent innings and was ably supported by Malcolm Waller. The duo took the team past finishing line without any hiccups thereby completing a comprehensive win to level the series. Williams was unbeaten on 78 while Waller scored 39 in their unbeaten partnership of 86 runs.
 
Earlier, Brendon Taylor won the toss and decided to field for the second time in the series. His bowlers showed immense discipline as Bangladesh found to get going.
 
At 88 for four, the onus was once again on Shakib al Hasan and half-centurion from previous innings Nasir Hossain. The small partnership of 38 runs came to an end after Shakib was adjudged LBW off Prosper Utseya. The batsman however was furious at the decision indicating an inside edge before it hit the pads. However, the big blow came in the 39th over when Hossain edged one to wicketkeeper Taylor off Chatara having scored 36 runs.
 
A late surge by Abdur Razzaq helped the visitors post a respectable total. The left-arm bowler hit as many as five sixes and four boundaries in his innings of 53 runs from just 22 deliveries. Razzaq got a reprieve early on after Kyle Jarvis dropped an easy catch of his own bowling.
 
Sean Williams was adjudged man of the match. The final of the three-match ODI series will be played at Bulawayo on Wednesday.
 
Brief scores: Bangladesh 252 for 9 in 50 overs (Abdur Razzaq 53*, Nasir Hossain 36; Elton Chigumbara 3 for 39, Tendai Chatara 2 for 33) lost to Zimbabwe 253 for 4 in 47.5 overs (Sean Williams 78, Vusi Sibanda 49; Shafiul Islam 2 for 51) by 6 wickets

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