Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets

Brian Vitori claimed a second successive five-wicket haul to help Zimbabwe record a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in Harare.

Bangladesh were bowled out for only 188 runs in 47.3 after being put into bat. In reply, Zimbabwe reached their victory target with 5.5 overs remaining to establish a 2-0 lead in this five-game series.

Opening batsman Sibanda top-scored with 67 off 96 balls with seven fours before getting stumped off Mohammad Ashraful.

Zimbabwe lost early wicket when captain Brendan Taylor(3) was caught by S Nafees on the bowling of S Islam. Hamilton Masakadza then joined Sibanda to have a partnership of 83 runs before getting stumped by Rahim on the Mahmudullah for an individual score of 38.

Former skipper Taibu scored unbeaten 61 off 74 balls, with help of four boundaries and two sixes, to ensure that Zimbabwe reaches the target.

For Bangladesh Shafiul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, and Mahmudullah took a wicket each.

After being put to bat, Bangladesh lost Tamim Iqbal in the second over, caught at first slip on the bowling of Vitori.

Mushfiqur Rahim, who was promoted to No. 3, was caught at square leg. Kayes soon followed Mushfiqur offering Hamilton Masakadza a simple catch.

Bangladesh were soon reduced to 58-6.

Nasir Hossain did his best to take his team to a good situation, hitting six boundaries to make 63 from number eight in the order.

He put on 53 with skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who made 26 before departing lbw to Vitori to leave the score at 111-7, and then added 65 with Abdur Razzak (35) for the eighth wicket.

Vitori, who took 5-30 in the first match, finished with 5-20 and E Chigumbura took 35/2. P Utseya (42/1) and CB Mpofu (42/1) managed to take a wicket each.

“I just stuck to the team plans and tried to hit the good areas,” said Vitori.

“Every wicket was a bonus for us. It was really just about tying them down, we knew they would crack at some point.”

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor said, “The seamers came up trumps again, Vitori was outstanding.”

“It made the batters’ job easier. We have won the first game in the past against Bangladesh and then lost the series, so the guys are hungry for more success. We used the morning conditions well and after that it flattened out.”

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hassan admitted his team were at crisis point.

“You can say that. In three games we have been outplayed. We all have to put our hands up, it is not only about me or someone else, it is about the team. We have to show the world we are good enough to compete,” he said.

“We did not bat well, simple as that. The wicket was a good one, our top order is not getting runs, it is hard for the lower order to come in and score.”

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