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Zimbabawe vs Bangladesh, second ODI preview

Zimbabwe look to bounce back against Bangladesh to level series

ZIM vs BAN, second ODI, preview

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After a comfortable victory in the first ODI, the visitors will aim to take an unassailable 2-0 lead as the hosts hope to take the series to a decider.

Overview:

Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, second ODI
Harare Sports Club, Harare
18 July, 09:30 am local

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After a heavy 155-run defeat in the opening contest, skipper Brendan Taylor will be left pondering his choices for the second match, with a quick turnaround between the two clashes. The batting unit will be tasked with coming up with a much better performance, as they had no answers in countering the spin of the veteran Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal will be much more content with the performance of his men but will be wary of the hosts hitting back hard. He will be quietly confident though about his players' ability to clinch an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

The win also meant that Bangladesh notched up another 10 points in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League standings (powered by MRF Tyres) and sit firmly on the second position.

Remember the last time:

The Zimbabwe seamers made life difficult for the visitors, bowling accurately to restrict the scoring rate while also chipping in with crucial breakthroughs. But a composed century from Liton Das (102) and some crucial contributions from Mahmudullah (33), Atif Hossain (45) and Mehidy Hasan (26) meant Bangladesh ended up posting a total of 276/9 on the board.

Shakib Al Hasan then weaved his magic with the ball, notching up a stellar five-wicket haul as the hosts were skittled out for 121. Only Regis Chakabva (54) made a noticeable contribution with the bat.

What they said:

Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh captain):Β "I thought Zimbabwe bowled exceptionally well in the first 15 overs, but the way Liton and Mahmudullah batted and then Afif. Today was the perfect example of youngsters stepping up and putting up a good display. I was not thinking about the surface too much. Shakib bowled to the plan and we build the pressure and we got the wickets. Afif's innings was very special and Mehidy's innings was crucial too. Small contributions can make a big impact."

Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe stand-in captain): "Not the kind of day I wanted to have on my 200th ODI, but we were outplayed and well done to Bangladesh. The body is fine and I still love the game, so I'll keep going. When there are tough situations, they grab that moment and make the most of it. The young guys are trying hard in our team, but we couldn't capitalize on the great start that we got with the ball. Guys need to be stronger during tough times."

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