Bangladesh seal series after Imrul Kayes fifty
Bangladesh 241-9 (Kayes 76) beat
Zimbabwe 183 (Chigumbura 47) by 58 runs
Second One-Day International in Mirpur
Riding on the back of an important fifty from Imrul Kayes and a commanding bowling performance, Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by 58 runs in the second One-Day International in Mirpur to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Zimbabwe won the toss and they opted to field first. Bangladesh replaced Shakib Al Hasan, who was granted paternity leave, with Kayes.
Regis Chakabva was drafted in to Zimbabwe's side in place of injured wicket-keeper Richmond Mutumbami.
Bangladesh lost the first wicket when Tamim Iqbal (19) edged one to the keeper off Tinashe Panyangara (3-41). The hosts scored 46 for one in the powerplay phase.
Panyangara had his second wicket when Liton Das (7) was caught by the keeper while attempting to pull a short delivery.
Kayes (76) continued to bat positively but Mahmudullah (4) was dismissed by Graeme Cremer (2-41), caught by the wicket-keeper.
Meanwhile, Kayes reached his fifty in the 21st over, taking just 53 balls to get there. Mushfiqur Rahim (21) and Kayes added 48 runs for the fourth wicket.
Cremer broke their partnership when Rahim holed out to short third man, trying to hit a lofted cover drive and Bangladesh were reduced to 127 for four.
Kayes hit a boundary and a six but was soon dismissed by Sean Williams (1-37), caught at long-off although Sabbir Rahman (33) and Nasir Hossain (41) added 42 to take Bangladesh close to the 200-run mark.
Luke Jongwe (1-47) got his first wicket of the match when Sabbir chased a full delivery and feathered an edge to the keeper.
A quickfire 38-run stand between Nasir and Mashrafe Mortaza (13) was broken when the Bangladesh captain was caught at long-off off Taurai Muzarabani (2-32).
Panyangara picked up his third wicket as Nasir holed out to deep mid-wicket while Muzarabani dismissed Arafat Sunny (3) thanks to an acrobatic catch by Craig Ervine in the covers.
Zimbabwe gave away just 14 runs in their last four overs to restrict Bangladesh to 241 for nine in their allotted quota of 50 overs.
Panyangara was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, Muzarabani and Cremer had two each while Jongwe and Williams took one apiece.
Early in the chase, Zimbabwe survived a close lbw call against Chakabva (1) as Chamu Chibhabha (14) got going with a boundary and a six in the third over.
Sunny (1-34) struck the first blow by dismissing Chakabva lbw and in the next over Mortaza (1-47) castled Chibhabha.
Mustafizur Rahman (3-33) chipped in with the third wicket in the innings when Williams (14) handed the mid-wicket fielder an easy catch and Zimbabwe were reduced to 49 for three in the powerplay phase.
Ervine (26) looked to sneak a quick run, but Das’ accurate throw caught him short of the crease.
Elton Chigumbura (47) went past 4,000 ODI runs midway through his innings as along with Sikandar Raza (33), he put on a 73-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Al-Amin Hossain (2-22) broke the key partnership as Raza lobbed a catch to mid-on. Al-Amin came back in the next over to account for Chigumbura, who was caught at third man.
Malcolm Waller (8) was dropped by Rahim off Mortaza and with 10 overs to go in the match, Zimbabwe needed 71 more runs to win.
Nasir (2-36) picked up his first wicket as Waller edged a short delivery to the keeper before in the next over, a double strike by Mustafizur saw the back of Jongwe (11) and Panyangara (4) to reduce the visitors to 181 for nine.
A couple of deliveries later, Nasir lured Cremer (1) to advance down the track, only to be stumped by the keeper. Bangladesh bowled Zimbabwe out for 183, claiming a 58-run victory.
The hosts now have a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Mustafizur got three wickets while Al-Amin and Nasir had two apiece. Mortaza and Sunny took one wicket each.
Kayes was named as the man of the match for his crucial fifty. The third ODI will be played on 11th November in Mirpur
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