All-round show from Sabbir Rahman gives Bangladesh 2-0 lead

All-round show from Sabbir Rahman gives Bangladesh 2-0 lead
Sabbir Rahman scored an unbeaten 43 as well as picked three wickets for Bangladesh.
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Bangladesh 167-3 (Sabbir 43no) beat
Zimbabwe 125-8 (Hamilton 30) by 42 runs
Second Twenty20 International in Khulna

Sabbir Rahman scored an unbeaten knock of 43 runs and took three wickets as Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by 42 runs in the second Twenty20 International in Khulna to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the ongoing four-match series.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat with an unchanged team. Elton Chigumbura took a break and Hamilton Masakadza led Zimbabwe for the game.

Soumya Sarkar (43) and Tamim Iqbal (23) both struck three boundaries and a six in the first six overs.

Iqbal was caught at short fine leg off Taurai Muzarabani (1-35) as Bangladesh posted 46 for one in the powerplay.

Sarkar continued to make merry and struck a couple more boundaries and a six before he holed out to deep mid-wicket off Graeme Cremer (1-29) in the 10th over.

A few minutes later, Mahmudullah (1) attempted to cut Wellington Masakadza (1-32) and was caught behind.

Sabbir (43 not out) was given a reprieve in the 12th over when Richmond Mutumbami dropped a sharp chance.

Sabbir then struck three sixes in three overs as he shared a 52-run unbeaten partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim (24 retired hurt).

Rahim retired hurt in the 16th over and it was revealed by the Bangladesh team manager that he had injured his hamstring.

18 runs came from the final two overs as Bangladesh pushed on to score 167 for three in their 20 overs.

Hamilton (30) got going in the Zimbabwe chase with a couple of sixes and three fours in the first three overs.

Along with Vusi Sibanda (21), Hamilton helped Zimbabwe post 45 for naught in the powerplay. Sibanda was dismissed in the seventh over, castled by Mashrafe Mortaza (1-25).

An over later, Hamilton picked long on off Sabbir while Sean Williams (7) was trapped in front by Shuvagata Hom (1-18) in the 10th over. At the half-way mark, Zimbabwe were reduced to 65 for three.

Mutumbami (7) holed out to deep mid-wicket off Sabbir. Malcolm Waller (29) gave some hope to Zimbabwe with his 21-ball knock of 29 runs but he was caught in the covers off Al-Amin Hossain (1-21) in the 16th over.

With Zimbabwe needing 61 runs from the last four overs, Mustafizur Rahman (2-19) delivered the decisive blow with a double strike by castling Neville Madziva (0) and Peter Moor (9).

Bangladesh conceded just 16 runs off the last three overs as Zimbabwe fell short of the target by 43 runs.

Sabbir picked three wickets with Mustafizur taking two while Hom, Hossain and Mortaza shared three scalps equally. Sabbir was picked as the man of the match for his all-round display.

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