Bangladesh 168-7 (Tamim 45) beat
Zimbabwe 134-9 (Shakib 4-22) by 34 runs
Second Twenty20 International, Bulawayo
Report by Daniel Grummitt
Bangladesh gave Mushfiqur Rahim the perfect captaincy farewell by bouncing back from yesterday’s defeat to earn a share of the spoils in the Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe.
They posted an identical total - 168 - to that of Zimbabwe on Saturday and, like then, it proved to be enough. Shakib Al Hasan continued the similarities from game one by again starring with both bat and ball to make himself a shoo-in for the man of the series award.
Shakib once again contributed to a second-wicket stand, this time with Tamim Iqbal, after which there was another middle-order collapse as Bangladesh fell well short of the 200 that they should have scored. They lost Shamsur Rahman in the first over after winning the toss and choosing to bat, but Tamim and Shakib blazed 84 in 48 balls before falling in quick succession.
Zimbabwe’s spinners gave the home crowd a taste of what was to come by being the main reason behind the visitors’ troubles. Prosper Utseya was superb and returned figures of two for 15 from his four overs after taking the new ball, while Natsai Mushangwe (one for 29) and even Sean Williams (none for 16 from two overs) played their parts.
Shakib broke the dominant second-wicket stand by giving a catch to Sikandar Raza when on 40, while Tamim fell to Utseya for 43 off 30 balls. Rahim made just 17 in his final game in charge and it was only a knock of 27 from Nasir Hossain that prevented a complete middle-order implosion.
Zimbabwe got off to a poor start in their run chase when they lost yesterday’s man of the match, Hamilton Masakadza, to Abdur Razzak’s first delivery. Bangladesh opened with spin at both ends and it was that part of the attack that was to do the damage.
Off-spinner Sohag Gazi got through his four overs at a cost of 28 runs, while Razzak took two for 18 and Shakib four for 22. Shafiul Islam also chipped in with his seam and dismissed the home side’s joint top-scorer Vusi Sibanda as well as bowling Utseya late on.
The Zimbabwe run chase was a tale of regular wickets, with the highest partnership being the 40 between Sibanda and Brendan Taylor (15) for the second-wicket. Sikandar Raza clubbed a couple of sixes and matched Sibanda’s 32, but by the time he departed to give Shakib the second of his four wickets, Zimbabwe needed 49 from the final three overs.
Shakib completed the best bowling figures of his T20 career by adding the dismissals of Shingi Maskadza and Mushangwe to those of Raza and Taylor as the home side ended on 134 for nine. He has enjoyed a fruitful T20 series, scoring 105 runs off 68 balls and taking six for 42 from eight overs with his left-arm spin.
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