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Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI 2014 Article

Cricket Highlights - Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI 2014


Read the articles of Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI 2014 - Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 5-match one-day international series of the 2nd ODI match played between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh at Chattogram in 23rd November 2014.

Arafat Sunny and Mashrafe Mortaza combined 7-wickets after stunning half-centuries from openers Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal guided Bangladesh thumping 68-run victory over Zimbabwe and took a unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

This match reported by Mohammad Isam (Third Party Reference from Espncricinfo)

Bangladesh 251 for 7 (Anamul Haque 80, Tamim Iqbal 76, Tafadzwa Kamungozi 2-38) Zimbabwe 183 (Solomon Mire 50, Arafat Sunny 4-29)

Bangladesh overpowered Zimbabwe in the second ODI that saw the fortunes of both teams seesawing and consolidated their lead in the five-match series. Mashrafe Mortaza's three early wickets were followed by a grinding battle which continued till the 42nd over when the home side made the finishing move.

Zimbabwe weren't letting go of the chase until that point, particularly with Elton Chigumbura starting to open up with a flurry of boundaries. At that point, Sabbir Rahman's direct hit caught the Zimbabwe captain short of the crease, effectively ending their chances of a final assault at the 252-run target. They were eventually bowled out for 183 runs in 44.5 overs, the match ending with Arafat Sunny taking three wickets in one over.

Bangladesh appeared to be on shaky ground at the innings break after a collapse from 158 for no loss to 204 for 6 in the space of 10.2 overs. Every fall of wicket was immediately followed by another. Tamim Iqbals's was the first wicket to fall in the 34th over, ending Bangladesh's second-highest opening partnership in ODIs and it was followed by the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan off the next delivery. Shakib missed a straight one from Vusi Sibanda to collect his fourth golden duck in ODIs.

Anamul Haque was the third batsman to fall, superbly caught by Sibanda at point, after he had made 80 off 110 balls. Two deliveries later, Sabbir Rahman was out for a second-ball duck after being caught at fine-leg off a top-edged pull. Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim added 31 runs quickly before falling off consecutive deliveries to Tafadzwa Kamungozi.

Mahmudullah chipped the ball to long-off, while Mushfiqur failed to connect a reverse sweep and was out lbw. Bangladesh eventually made 251, thanks to Mominul Haque providing a late flourish.

The Zimbabwe openers could not replicate their opposite numbers, however. Hamilton Masakadza inside edged Mashrafe's slower offcutter before Vusi Sibanda, in a rush to play shots, was similarly castled by a quicker offcutter. Sikandar Raza was his third scalp, top edging a shortish delivery with Mahmudullah running back from cover to complete the catch.

Zimbabwe slipped to 50 for 4 in the 14th over when Brendan Taylor's attempted reverse sweep took his glove, on to Mushfiqur's shoulder before Mahmudullah took another good catch, this time at slip. Further slide was prevented by Regis Chakabva, who made 32 off 53 balls, and newcomer Solomon Mire. The pair added 65 runs for the fifth wicket in 14.2 overs, keeping them in the vicinity of the required run-rate at the stage. Mire reached his maiden ODI fifty soon after, off 78 balls with two boundaries, but he fell next ball - caught well by Arafat Sunny at point off Shakib.

A game of cat and mouse started with Shakib bowling a maiden and giving away one run in the Powerplay but Chigumbura hammering 18 off a Mashrafe over in between. Zimbabwe needed 77 off the last ten overs, but Sunny came back and gave away just a single and soon, Chigumbura fell to a run-out as the run-rate pressure mounted. The innings ended soon after, with the next three wickets only adding six runs.

Bangladesh's six-wicket collapse hardly did justice to Tamim and Anamul, who had provided a strong platform - Bangladesh's third 150-plus opening stand and the second-highest after the 170-run partnership between Shahriar Hossain and Mehrab Hossain in 1999, also against Zimbabwe.

The pair reached 50 runs in 13.1 overs to bring up Bangladesh's first 50-plus opening stand since March this year. Twelve overs later, they added Bangladesh's ninth century opening stand. They added 77 in the first 20 overs but settled down and pushed up the scoring rate, and the next 10 overs produced 57 runs. Bangladesh took the Powerplay in the 29th over and finished the five-over period with 42 runs for one wicket.

Tamim played some excellent shots in his 76 off 98 balls, between periods of play when he stalled and waited for the bad balls. There were a couple of edged boundaries but he peppered the cover and point boundaries and brought up his fifty with a straight six over long-on.

Anamul took his time to settle down. He miscued a few to the boundary but soon found his way and ensured Tamim had the bulk of the strike. He drove through cover to bring up his 50 off 83 balls and then lofted the ball through the same area for a six. His half-century also made it the ninth occasion when both Bangladesh openers had scored fifties.

The home side ultimately prevailed, despite the batting collapse and Zimbabwe threatening give a real go at the chase.