Tigers extend series lead with easy victory


Bangladesh made light work of Zimbabwe in the second T20 in Khulna, winning by 42 runs on Sunday to take a two-nil series lead with two games to go.

Having won the first game in tense circumstances, the hosts made their jobs much easier this time as they prevented Zimbabwe from reaching the 168 they needed, restricting them to 125 for eight.

The Tigers won the toss and opted to bat, putting their faith in their bowlers to defend whatever they could score. Openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar put on 45 for the first wicket inside six overs.

Tamim was removed by Taurai Muzarabani for 23, leaving Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman to provide the backbone of the innings. Both batsmen recorded 43, but Sabbir's was unbeaten. Sarkar was bagged by Graeme Cremer in the 10th over.

Mushfiqur Rahim added 24 before being retired hurt, while Shakib-al-Hasan's 27 off 17 balls, combined with Sabbir's effort, ensured a defendable score for the hosts.

Zimbabwe were never really in it, after falling to 68 for four inside 11 overs. Only three batsmen reached double figures, with Hamilton Masakadza's 30 the best of the lot, and not nearly enough.

Sabbir was the star with the ball too, taking three of the eight wickets to fall, while Mustafizur Rahman took two wickets.

The third T20, at the same venue, will be played on 20 January.