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Shakib stars as Bangladesh squares series

Allrounder takes crucial wickets after valuable innings as Zimbabwe loses by 34 runs in second T20I

Shakib stars as Bangladesh squares series - Cricket News
Shakib Al Hasan scored a 28-ball 40.
Shakib Al Hasan starred with bat and ball for the second time in as many days, and this time his efforts secured victory for Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 International against Zimbabwe to earn a share of the two-match series on Sunday (May 12).  

Shakib's allround performance had not been enough on Saturday, when Bangladesh went down by six runs, but on Sunday he shone even brighter to help Bangladesh end the tour with a smile and a 34-run win.  

Shakib first hit 40 from 28 deliveries as Bangladesh posted 168 for 7 in 20 overs, and he then claimed the crucial wicket of Brendan Taylor, the Zimbabwe captain, on the way to figures of 4 for 22 in four overs.  

Zimbabwe gave only the briefest hint that it would chase down a tricky target when Taylor added 40 in under four overs with Vusi Sibanda, the opener, who made 32.  

However after Taylor skied a Shakib delivery and departed for just 15, the rest of his team trudged off at regular intervals on the way to a final total of 134 for 9.  

"I don't think we relaxed, I just don't think we executed as well as we did yesterday," said Taylor." The quality players that they do have came out and scored very freely, which is not surprising when the bowlers don't land the ball in the right areas."  

Shakib's 82-run partnership with Tamim Iqbal was at the heart of Bangladesh's innings as 99 runs came off the first ten overs, before the innings tapered off in the second half.  

Tamim found a semblance of form in hitting 43 from just 30 deliveries, providing the momentum that Bangladesh needed to end a trying tour on a high note.  

"After losing three straight games it's been hard work for us to come back so all credit goes to the boys," said Mushfiqur Rahim, the captain.

"Overall I thought it wasn't an ideal tour for us, but there are plenty of areas where we can improve and plenty that we can learn from this tour."

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