Tigers extend series lead over Zimbabwe


Bangladesh extended their series lead over Zimbabwe to two-nil after winning the second ODI in Chittagong by 68 runs on Sunday.

Bangladesh batted first and set a target of 252, thanks to a 150-run opening stand by Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque. Zimbabwe were all out for 183 in the 45th over.

The Tigers won the toss and chose to bat, and made the most of the decision. The openers stuck around for 33 overs, both scoring half centuries. Tamim recorded 76 off 98 balls, while Anamul was a bit slower, making 80 off 110.

Once those two departed, the innings went a bit awry, as Shakib-al-Hasan and Sabbir Rahman, who both starred with the bat in the first game, were out for ducks. 

The rest of the order faltered too, with only Mominul Haque's 33 pushing the score towards something challenging.

But Zimbabwe's batsmen couldn't capitalise on the good work their bowlers eventually did, with Hamilton Masakadza out for a duck and the rest of the top order posting mediocre scores.

Th middle order tried their best to rescue the situation, with Solomon Mire scoring a half ton, but once he was out for 50 it was all downhill again. Scores of 30-odd from Regis Chakabva and Elton Chigumbura delayed the inevitable.

Mashrafe Mortaza was the crucial bowler for the hosts, removing the top three batsmen, while Arafat Sunny's four wickets wrapped up the tail.

The action now moves to Dhaka, where the final three games will be played.