Brilliant Shakib leads Bangladesh to series win

 Brilliant Shakib leads Bangladesh to series win
HARARE - All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored an excellent unbeaten 96 as Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by three wickets in their second One-Day International at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series.

Zimbabwe posted a competitive 240 for nine in their 50 overs, but the tourists chased the total down with five balls remaining, largely thanks to Shakib’s unbeaten half-century which came off 109 balls. After the home side elected to bat, Wessley Madhevere (56) top scored but found little support in the lower order, as left-arm seamer Shoriful Islam (4-46) was the pick of the bowlers.

Bangladesh were in trouble at 173 for seven in their reply, before Shakib and Mohammad Saifuddin (28 not out) put on an unbeaten 69 in 10.4 overs for the eighth wicket to see them to victory. Bangladesh winning captain Tamim said: “Restricting them to 240 was a decent job by the bowlers. We definitely had some plans, and as a batting team, we could have done better. They way Shakib and Saifuddin batted was nice to see.”

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Shakib, who emerged as player of the match with 2 for 42 and 96*, said: “Today was the day I had to put my hands up. Very happy... Lot of credit to Saifuddin, he showed a lot of composure. Today the wicket was slower. If the bowlers were bowling straight into the wicket, you had to take chances, which is where we lost wickets.” The third ODI will be played at the same venue and will be followed by three Twenty20 Internationals.

SCORES IN BRIEF

BANGLADESH 242 for 7 (Shakib 96*, Saifuddin 28*, Jongwe 2-46) beat ZIMBABWE 240 for 9 (Madhevere 56, Taylor 46, Shoriful 4-46) by three wickets.

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