Tamim’s fireworks help Bangladesh seal the ODI series

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe

Second ODI

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet

Bangladesh : 322/8 in 50 overs (Tamim 158, Mushfiqur 55, Mahmudullah 41; Tiripano 2/55, Mumba 2/64, Madhevere 1/38)

Zimbabwe : 318/8 in 50 overs (Raza 66, Tiripano 55*, Madhevere 52; Taijul 3/52, Miraz 1/25, Mashrafe 1/52)

Result : Bangladesh won by 4 runs.

Player of the Match : Tamim Iqbal.

Tigers kept their nerve to clinch the ODI series against Zimbabwe with a nail-biting victory in the second match of the series in Sylhet. Zimbabwe fell 4 runs short after chasing 323 set by the Tigers thanks to Tamim Iqbal’s career best knock. Third and final match of the series will be held on March 6 (Friday).

Zimbabwe started their chase by losing two early wickets of Chakabva and Taylor in the power-play. Bangladesh bowlers were picking up wickets in regular intervals but fifties from Raza, Tinashe and Madhevere kept Zimbabwe in the match. When Mashrafe Bin Mortaza dismissed Raza on 66, the Tigers were sniffing a easy victory.

But Tiripano had other idea who played an unbeaten 28-ball 55-run knock to counter attack the bowlers at the end. His quickfire innings almost gave his side a memorable win but he was denied by Al-Amin who hold the nerve on the last over of the match to defend 6 runs on the last ball. Taijul claimed 3 wickets for 52 for Bangladesh.

Earlier Mashrafe opted to bat first after winning the toss as Bangladesh made two changes in the playing eleven from the first match. Shafiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain came to the side replacing Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman.

Tamim Iqbal started the innings on top but unfortunately lost his both partners Liton Kumar and Najmul Hossain Shanto who got run-out on 9 and 6 respectively. Tamim then made 87 runs stand with Mushfiqur Rahim to led the foundation for a big total. Mushfiqur was dismissed after scoring 55.

Next batsmen Mahmudullah contributed valuable 41 runs but it was Tamim who took the Zimbabwe bowlers to score his second 150 plus knock in ODIs. After his departure, it was Mohammad Mithun who played a cameo knock of unbeaten 32 off 18 balls to help Bangladesh posting 322 for 8 in 50 overs. Tiripano bagged 2 wickets for 55.