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Shakib heroics power Bangladesh win

Host registers its third Test series win as Zimbabwe implodes to lose the second Test by 162 runs

Shakib heroics power Bangladesh win - Cricket News
Shakib Al Hasan became the third Test cricketer to score a century and take 10 wickets in the same match.
Bangladesh registered its third Test series win on Friday (November 7), beating Zimbabwe by 162 runs in Khulna to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Playing a pivotal role in the win was Shakib Al Hasan, who became the third Test cricketer to score a century and take 10 wickets in the same match. Pakistan's Imran Khan and England's Ian Botham, two of the finest allrounders in the history of the game, have been the others to achieve the feat. Zimbabwe, in pursuit of 314, was bundled out for 151 in the final session on Day 5. Hamilton Masakadza resisted and topscored with 61 before Zimbabwe lost its last five wickets for just 14 runs.

It gave Bangladesh its first series win since July 2009, where the side had beaten a depleted West Indies team in away.

Bangladesh, who resumed on 201 for 5, added 47 runs to its overnight total. That Zimbabwe managed to restrict the lead to just over the 300-mark was courtesy Natsai M'shangwe, the debutant legspinner, who ran through the tail to finish with 4 for 82.

Zimbabwe's start was far from an ideal one as Shakib prised out Sikander Raza (9) and Brendan Taylor, the captain, (0) to leave the side reeling at 15 for 3. Regis Chakabwa and Masakadza, the first-innings centurions, steadied the ship with a 70-run stand on a crumbling surface before wickets fell in a cluster.

"It is disappointing. You work hard for four and the half days and then you get run over like that. Bangladesh have been a better side, credit to them," said Taylor. "There were a few good performances by Masakadza and Chakabva. I am sure the wicket will remain similar for the next game. Our batsmen are susceptible to spin. They (Bangladesh) have got very good spinners. There are some areas to improve. There is still another Test match to win and we are going to try and do that."

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, praised the efforts of his talismanic allrounder. "Shakib is a special player, he was superb with bat and ball. All the guys are inspired by him,” he said. “We’ve shown improvements from the previous match. Mominul, Mahmudullah, Tamim, all contributed to the team’s cause. Fielding is one area we need to focus on and hopefully we will get better at that. We really want to win 3-0."

Earlier in the Test, Shakib, who made 137, in the first innings, became only the fifth player to score a century and take five wickets in an innings in the same Test more than once. He had made 144 and claimed 6 for 83 against Pakistan in Dhaka in 2011.

Ian Botham achieved the feat five times, while Garry Sobers, Mushtaq Mohammad of Pakistan and Jacques Kallis did it twice each.

The result means Bangladesh leapfrogs Zimbabwe, who is ranked ninth, for the first time regardless of the result of the final Test to be played in Chittagong from November 12.

The Tests will be followed by five One-Day Internationals.

Please click here to see the full scorecard and follow live ball-by-ball coverage of Bangladesh v Zimbabwe from Khulna.

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