Bangladesh spinners seal convincing win

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Bangladesh eased to a convincing victory 162-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second Test between the countries at Khulna on Friday.

Bangladesh eased to a convincing victory 162-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second Test between the countries at Khulna on Friday.

Former captain Shakib Al Hasan made history on the fifth day of the match when he became the third player in the history of Test cricket to score a century and take 10 wickets in a Test, after Ian Botham in 1980 and Imran Khan in 1983.

The win also sealed the victory in the series for the home side with one match to play, after they won the first Test in Dhaka last week by three wickets.

Bangladesh resumed their second innings with their score on 201 for the loss of five wickets, with Mahmudullah and Shuvagata Hom at the wicket.

Mahmudullah (71) was the first to fall shortly after the resumption on the final morning, but after Taijul Islam (one), Shahadat Hossain (three) and Hom (50) all lost their wickets in quick succession, the hosts declared shortly before the lunch break on 248 for nine with a lead of 313 runs.

In response, the Zimbabweans made the worst possible start their run chase as both Brian Chari (four) and Sikandar Raza (nine) lost their wickets before the interval.

Upon resumption after lunch, the visitors crashed to 15 for three when captain Brendan Taylor lost his wicket without troubling the scorers.

Hamilton Masakadza and Regis Chakabva steadied the ship somewhat thereafter and added 70 for the fifth wicket before the latter was dismissed for 27.

Masakadza was joined at the wicket by Craig Ervine, but he too lost his wicket before the tea break for an aggressive 21 which included two sixes.

With five wickets left and only a session left in the match, Zimbabwe might have fancied their chances of saving the match, but when Masakadza was dismissed for 61, the writing was on the wall for the visitors.

After his dismissal, Malcolm Waller (four), Elton Chigumbura (12), Natsai M'shangwe (naught) and Tendai Chatara (one) all lost their wickets in quick succession as Zimbabwe were dismissed for 151 inside 52 overs to hand the hosts a commanding victory.

For Bangladesh, Shakib was the undoubted star of the show on the final day with figures of five for 44 off 18 overs to go with his five for 80 and knock of 137 earlier in the match.

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