On Tuesday (3rd March), the hosts Bangladesh secured their ODI series against Zimbabwe after a thrilling victory in the second game of the three-match series at Sylhet.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza decided to bat first after winning the toss. While Bangladesh scored their highest ODI total against Zimbabwe which was 322/8 (50 overs), just one run more than the previous match, Zimbabwe were restricted to 318/8 (50 overs).
Zimbabwe chasing: Four 50s were not enough
Chasing down the big target, Zimbabwe lost their top orders cheaply, except the opener Tinashe Kamunhukamwe (51), who scored a half-century. Wesley Madhevere and Sikandar Raza put the 81 runs partnership for the fifth wicket. While Madhevere scored 52 runs, Raza stretched his batting till 66 runs off 57 balls (5 fours and 2 sixes).
After Raza was dismissed, it was seeming another easy victory for Bangladesh as the visitors were struggling on 225/7 in 41.5 overs.
However, Tinotenda Mutombodzi and Donald Tiripano didn’t give up their hopes and put an encouraging fightback till the end of that innings. They set up the 80 runs partnership for the eighth wicket before Mutombodzi was dismissed on 34 runs off 21 balls (5 fours).
But while Tiripano strongly brought back the team into that chase with back-to-back two sixers on the third and fourth balls of the final over, he failed to score six more runs in the final two balls as he added only one more run in that innings. Tiripano remained not out on 55 runs off 28 balls (2 fours and 5 sixes).
Taijul Islam was the best bowler among the Bangladesh bowlers as he finished with the bowling figures of 10-0-52-3.
Bangladesh innings: Tamim Iqbal played a record knock
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal created a new record for his team as the left-handed batsman scored 158 runs – most individual ODI score by a Bangladesh batsman. To achieve this record, Tamim broke his record which was 154 runs against the same side at Bulawayo on 16th August 2009.
Though the other opener Liton Das (9) and the next batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto (6) were run out cheaply, they built up the 38 and 27 runs partnerships respectively with Tamim.
At next, Tamim set the 87 runs partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim for the third wicket. After the wicketkeeper-batsman Rahim was dismissed on 55 runs, Tamim built up the 106 runs partnership with Mahmudullah (41) for the fourth wicket.
Tamim carried his bat till the 46th over and finally lost his wicket after scoring 158 runs off 136 balls (20 fours and 3 sixes). Mohammad Mithun played a good cameo at late and remained not out on 32 runs off 18 balls (3 fours and only six).
Among the Zimbabwe bowlers, Carl Mumba (2/64) and Donald Tiripano (2/55) took two wickets each while Wesley Madhevere (1/38) and the debutant Charlton Tshuma (1/35) got one wicket each.