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Bangladesh level T20 series
12/05/2013 00:00:00
by ESPN cricinfo
Disappointing innings ... Taylor out for 15 runs
Taylor satisfied by Zimbabwe's progress

Bangladesh 168 for 7 (Tamim 43, Shakib 40) beat Zimbabwe 134 for 9 (Shakib 4-22) by 34 runs

BANGLADESH spinners imposed themselves on Zimbabwe as they successfully defended a moderate total to register a 34-run win in Bulawayo on Sunday.

Shakib Al Hasan was the hero with bat and ball, helping the visitors to draw the Twenty20 series.

Shakib combined his all-round skills in the same game for the first time on tour, starting with a dominant 28-ball 40 that got Bangladesh ticking, after they lost opener Shamsur Rahman early. Like the first game, however, they collapsed after an 82-run second-wicket stand between Shakib and Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh ended up on 168 for 7 in 20 overs with Prosper Utseya at his economical best for Zimbabwe. That initial thrust from Shakib and Tamim, however, was the crucial difference between the two teams.

Shakib dismissed Sikandar Raza in the 17th over to effectively end the home side's chances, as the big-hitting Raza struggled to find the boundaries. Shakib ended up with 4 for 22, his best T20 figures. One of his four victims was the Zimbabwe captain, Brendan Taylor, who fell in the fifth over after looking dangerous during his brief stay at the wicket.

Sohag Gazi and Abdur Razzak also bowled crucial spells for Bangladesh, bringing back their lengths and using varying speeds whenever the batsmen charged them. Both bowled a maiden each and their overs were crucial to Bangladesh's defence of 168. Gazi went wicketless while left-arm spinner Razzak picked up 2 for 18 from his four overs. Shafiul Islam ended with two wickets too, bowling accurately for the first time since the first ODI of the tour.

Zimbabwe's batting never really took off after Vusi Sibanda was out in the seventh over. Sibanda made 32 off 19 balls, and Raza's 30-ball 32 was the next-most significant score for the hosts.

The visitors ended up on the same total as Zimbabwe did in the first game, although this looked like a slower wicket. But the middle-order wasted a fine start. From 86 for 1 in the 9th over, Bangladesh were 126 for 5 at the start of the 15th over.

When Shakib and Tamim were at the crease, Bangladesh were looking at a bigger score. They got together after Shamsur fell in the first over but wasted little time, smacking 14 boundaries in the first 10 overs. Shakib made 40 off 28 and Tamim 43 off 30 balls.


Both batsmen fell trying to slog and the captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, and his deputy, Mahmudullah, departed soon after. Mushfiqur, in what may be his last match as captain - the BCB plans to persuade him to stay on - was unlucky to be given leg-before to a ball heading down the leg side. Mahmudullah, however, gave a soft catch to cover, and the four-wicket collapse also meant that there were no boundaries for 26 deliveries between the 12th and 15th overs.

Only a 36-run sixth-wicket stand between Nasir Hossain and Mominul Haque helped them cross the 150-run mark. For Zimbabwe, Utseya took 2 for 15 in his four overs, the fourth time in his career that he finished with an economy rate of less than four runs an over. Brian Vitori, too, was economical but the other Zimbabwe bowlers struggled with their length.

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