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23 November 201420:57

Anamul, Tamim give Bangladesh 2-0 lead

Openers put together 158 runs to take Bangladesh to 251 for 7 before Zimbabwe's batting crumbles

Anamul, Tamim give Bangladesh 2-0 lead - Cricket News

Bangladesh cricketers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque run between the wicket during the second one-day international (ODI) match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh went 2-0 up in its five-match One-Day International series against Zimbabwe after a convincing 68-run victory in the second match, played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Sunday (November 23).

Bangladesh started well after opting to bat as Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque put together 158 runs in just over 30 overs. But Bangladesh seemed to lose the plot in the middle overs as it lost wickets in a cluster. The batsmen eventually managed to post a below-par 251 for 7 in 50 overs, but it proved to be enough against Zimbabwe on the day.
Tamim reached his 27th ODI fifty off 72 balls before ending on a 98-ball 76, while Anamul, who was dropped when on 62, ended up scoring 80 off 110 balls. It was the second 150-plus opening stand for Bangladesh in ODIs this year.

But great fielding from Zimbabwe, coupled with some reckless batting, helped the visitors fight back after the huge opening stand. Tamim was the first to go, in the 33rd over, and Bangladesh lost Shakib Al Hasan, Anamul and Sabbir Rahman by the 37th over to go from 158 for no loss to 173 for 4.

That Bangladesh reached where it did was because of a 29-ball 27 from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque’s unbeaten 23-ball 33.

Zimbabwe’s chase got off to the worst possible start when it lost Hamilton Masakadza in the first over for a duck. It never quite recovered from that and though Solomon Mire, batting at No. 5, showed some resistance with a 79-ball 50, the contributions from the rest of the batsmen was minimal.

Regis Chakabva (32 in 53 balls) was out caught after adding 65 for the fifth wicket with Mire when he tried to scoop a slower delivery from Al-Amin Hossain, the medium pacer, while Elton Chigumbura scored a 31-ball 38 late in the script.

But it was only a matter of time before Bangladesh wrapped it up, and it did it in the 45th over when Arafat Sunny bowled Tafadzwa Kamungozi.

Bangladesh, which won the first match by 186 runs, takes on Zimbabwe in the third ODI in Mirpur on Wednesday.

Please click here to see the full scorecard of Bangladesh v Zimbabwe from Chittagong.