Zimbabwe v Bangladesh: 2nd ODI at Harare – Zimbabwe’s Innings Recap

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Zimbabwe sealed another convenient victory over Bangladesh, thrashing the Tigers by an emphatic margin of seven wickets in the second One Day International (ODI), held at Harare on Sunday, August 14, 2011.
After restricting Bangladesh to a paltry 188, courtesy to Brian Vitori's superb bowling performance, the Rhodesians achieved the target comfortably, as joined the party and guided his side to victory
by smashing an impressive half-century.
Although, it was not an easy track to bat on, the Zimbabwean batsmen made it look easy, hammering Bengali bowlers all around the ground.
The proceedings seemed problematic for the home side at the start, as the skipper, Brendon in the third over, after scoring just three runs. However, that did not put any pressure on the in-form Sibanda who showed
no respect to the Bangladeshi bowling attack. was the other man who shared the good work with Sibanda, as the two batsmen put together an 83-run-partnerhip for the second wicket.
The tourists finally got successful in stealing a wicket, when provided the vital breakthrough, deceiving Masakadza with a beautiful delivery when he was looking dangerous at 38. The batsman tried to use his feet but Mahmudullah’s sharpness got
the better of him, as the wicket-keeper dismissed the bails when Masakadza was dangling outside the crease.
That brought the veteran Taibu at the wicket, who did not take much time to set his eye in. Keeping the good work going, both batsmen steered their side to a strong position by adding 59 runs for the third-wicket-stand.
Sibanda’s classy 67-run innings came to an end in the 35th over, when dismissed him with a quick delivery. Yet, Taibu did not lose his concentration till the last ball of the game, as he collected unbeaten 61 before the Rhodesians
overwhelmed the target in the 45th over. also spent some time at the crease towards the end of the match, gathering eight runs off 30 balls.
Earlier in the day, the Zimbabwean skipper, Taylor, choose to field first as he was expecting his bowlers to do the trick. Vitiro responded well to his skipper’s call, as he returned with fantastic figures of five for 20 in 9.3 overs.
While six of the Bengali batsmen failed to cross double figures, top-scored the innings, hitting a steady innings of 63 runs before the visiting side collapsed without playing the full allotted quota of 50 overs.
It was Bangladesh’s third consecutive loss at Harare, as the Tigers tasted bitter defeat in the Test match before being crushed by the Zimbabweans in the opening two ODIs.



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