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25-Oct-2018 03:04:00 GMT
Ban v Zim - 2nd ODI, Chittagong

Saifuddin, openers help Bangladesh clinch series

Chittagong: Imrul Kayes and Liton Das made half-centuries after Mohammad Saifuddin starred with the ball as Bangladesh eased to a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe in Chittagong to seal the ODI series.

The tourists looked to be on course to post a challenging total after being put in by Mashrafe Mortaza on Wednesday, but could only muster 246-7.

Brendan Taylor top scored with 75, while Sean Williams (47) and Sikandar Raza (49) offered support before Zimbabwe lost their way in the second half of their innings, Saifuddin taking 3-45.

Kayes followed us his ODI-best 144 in the opening game of the three-match series by making 90 and fellow opener Das struck a rapid 83 from only 77 balls, laying a platform for the Tigers to get home with 35 balls to spare.

Saifuddin claimed an early breakthrough by snaring captain Hamilton Masakadza caught behind and Zimbabwe were 70-2 when Mehidy Hasan removed Cephas Zhuwao.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Taylor and Williams batted with authority in a third-wicket stand of 77, but Zimbabwe lost momentum after the experienced duo departed.

Taylor struck a six and nine fours as he scored at more than a run a ball before Mahmudullah trapped him in front and Zimbabwe were 188-4 when the excellent Saifuddin had Williams caught behind.

Brief scores:
Bangladesh 250 for 3 (Imrul 90, Liton 83, Raza 3-43) beat Zimbabwe 246 for 7 (Taylor 75, Raza 49, Saifuddin 3-45) by seven wickets

The runs dried up for Zimbabwe after Raza also fell just short of a half-century and the Bangladesh openers put their side well on the way to victory with an opening partnership of 148 from 24 overs.

Das slog-swept the expensive Brandon Mavuta for six and found the ropes 12 times before Raza (3-43) sent him on his way and the same bowler had Fazle Mahmud stumped without scoring.

Kayes missed out on back-to-back hundreds after he was dropped on 58 and 70, but Mushfiqur Rahim (40 not out) and Mohammad Mithun (24no) saw Bangladesh home at a canter.


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