Shakib Leads By Example As Bangladesh Hit Back

Shakib Leads By Example As Bangladesh Hit Back
Shakib Leads By Example As Bangladesh Hit Back
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Bangladesh 221-3 (Shakib Al Hasan 105no) beat
Zimbabwe 219 (Abdur Razzak 5-29) by seven wickets

Second One-Day International, Mirpur

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan scored an unbeaten century to follow up on left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak's five-wicket haul and help his side beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the second One-Day International in Mirpur.

Razzak's five for 29 enabled Bangladesh, who went into the match 1-0 down in the series, to bowl Zimbabwe out for 219 and Shakib was unbeaten on 105 as they raced to their target in the 30th over of their reply.

Zimbabwe won the toss and although a number of batsmen made starts, they were unable to post a significant score as all ten wickets fell to spin, Naeem Islam, Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib sharing the other five in addition to Razzak's career-best haul and second five-wicket haul in ODIs.

Hamilton Masakadza thumped 34 in 31 balls as Zimbabwe tried to get off to a flyer and Malcolm Waller (40), Justice Chibhaba (39) and Tatenda Taibu (38) made useful contributions.

Razzak bowled Waller, Brendan Taylor (21) and Graeme Cremer (2), also having Kyle Jarvis trapped in front without scoring and Charles Coventry caught by Junaid Siddique as he too failed to get off the mark.

Islam and Ashraful picked up a pair of wickets apiece with Shakib dismissing Elton Chigumbura for eight.

Bangladesh's openers Tamim Iqbal and Siddique then proceeded to smash the opening bowlers for 44 runs in 3.5 overs before Siddique was caught and bowled by Chigumbura for 23 in 12 balls while Tamim crashed 26 in 19 before he was caught by Masakadza off Chibhaba.

Ashraful fell for three when he was caught by Taylor for Chigumbura's second wicket but an unbroken 165-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Shakib and Roqibul Hasan eased Bangladesh home.

Roqibul dropped anchor, making 39 in 75 balls while Shakib hit 15 fours and three sixes, facing just 69 balls in all and reaching his fourth ODi century in 68 balls, one ball before he won the match with another boundary.

The third match in the five-game series takes place in Mirpur on Saturday. Zimbabwe won the opening match by five wickets.

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