Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I, Khulna January 17, 2016

Sabbir special subdues Zimbabwe challenge

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Bangladesh 167 for 3 (Sarkar 43, Sabbir 43) beat Zimbabwe 125 for 8 (Masakadza 30, Waller 29, Sabbir 3-11) by 42 runs
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Sabbir Rahman became only the second Bangladesh cricketer to score 40 runs and take three wickets in a T20I © AFP

Sabbir Rahman gave an account of his all-round abilities in Bangladesh's 42-run win over Zimbabwe in the second T20 in Khulna. He smacked an unbeaten 43 before picking up the vital wicket of Hamilton Masakadza, one of his three scalps, as the wind was taken out of the visitors' 168-run chase in the ninth over.

Soumya Sarkar also made 43, but missed out on a bigger score after he threw his wicket away in the 10th over. Yet, Bangladesh kept hitting the boundaries - they managed 11 fours and eight sixes to equal their own record of most sixes in a T20 innings. Zimbabwe's reply was nearly a mirror image of Bangladesh's first half, until Sabbir came along to seal a victory that gave Bangladesh a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Bangladesh started well, but the real push came when Tamim Iqbal hammered Neville Madziva for a four and six in the fifth over. By getting into his hitting zone, he then smacked Taurai Muzarabani through cover in the next over. But just as he started to rev up his engine, he also found a top edge that was easily taken by Brian Vitori at fine leg in the sixth over.

Sarkar also looked authoritative by striking three fours and a six before Tamim fell and he then built the base further with Sabbir. He was particularly harsh on Graeme Cremer, the legspinner, who was hit for sixes over deep midwicket and long-on. But just like Tamim had done, Sarkar threw it away in the 10th over as Malcolm Waller took an easy catch at deep midwicket to end his promising innings of 43.

Zimbabwe were further boosted by the wicket of Mahmudullah, who fell to a superb catch by wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami. That meant Mushfiqur Rahim had to bat through the second half of the innings to give Bangladesh a solid total to defend. That he did, despite his hamstring pulling up in the 16th over, by adding 52 for the fourth wicket with Sabbir.

Sabbir made the most of a reprieve on 7 by Mutumbami as he lined up the straight boundaries well, even as Mushfiqur used the bowler's pace well in his 20-ball 24 before hobbling off the field. Shakib then finished off the innings with a cameo as Bangladesh took 50 off the last five overs. Yet, they would have perhaps felt 10-15 short.

Masakadza came out all guns blazing, hitting two fours and two sixes in 2.2 overs, while Vusi Sibanda also soon got into the act. Zimbabwe were reprieved twice in the fourth over bowled by Mashrafe Mortaza. First, the substitute Imrul Kayes dropped Masakadza at cover, before Shuvagata couldn't reach a chance at midwicket.

But Mashrafe soon had a wicket to show as Sibanda was bowled off the inside edge for 21 off 17. It was then that Sabbir was thrown the ball, and he delivered by having Masakadza caught at long-on for a 28-ball 30 that had three fours and two sixes. Sean Williams fell soon after to give Shuvagata his first T20I wicket and leave Zimbabwe needing a further 103 runs from the last ten overs. Sabbir then had the wicket of Mutumbami, who holed out to Sarkar at deep midwicket.

Malcolm Waller briefly kept Zimbabwe in it by striking a four each in the 13th, 14th and 15th over, but an already escalating rate was compounded by Bangladesh's spinners, who used the slowness of the surface well, and the chase spiralled out of control. Waller was eventually dismissed for a 21-ball 29 by Al-Amin Hossain in the 16th over.

With the game all but over, Mustafizur Rahman then came to the party to dismiss Madziva and Peter Moor in the 17th over to puncture Zimbabwe. The eighth wicket was fittingly taken by Sabbir, who became the second Bangladesh cricketer to score at least 40 and take two wickets in T20.

With a series win out of the equation, Zimbabwe have two more matches to potentially get their combinations right leading to the World T20.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • AMBITIOUSSTROKE on January 19, 2016, 5:36 GMT

    @AFGUN_MUJAHID ur comment makes us Laugh. Why should we be scared of AFG when we are not scared of PAK, IND , SA, Eng or any other team. For ur kind information we already have invited AFG to play in the upcoming Asiacup 2016. We also invited AFG in previous Asia Cup. If Afg continues to plays well, we will be more than happy. Because there will be more competitive teams around to play with. I don't see any reason for ur concern.

  • niazbhi on January 18, 2016, 21:56 GMT

    Soumiya, Tamim, Shabbir, Shakib. These 4 and BD needs 3 more batsmen including a keeper. I would go with Nasir, Mushfique, Imrul. Other than Mashrafe BD needs 3 quicks. I would go with any of AlAmin, Shafiul, Mustafiz, Hider, Shahidul, Rubel, Taskin. Thats 7 quicks. 2 quicks are not enough. Because if one of them have an odd day/spell, it will be hard. For T20 WC in india its good to have both Sakib and Nasir because there will be some turning/slow surfaces. Battting is a little weak. Adding Home at #8 would not make much difference. I would rather have 3 genuine quicks and Mashrafe for bowling. At #8 Mashrafe is probably ok.

  • Bishad on January 18, 2016, 20:07 GMT

    Guys I don't understand why some of you are being so mean to the Afghan fan who suggested that BD should play Afghanistan. First of all T12 and ODI are very different games. In T20 Bangladesh is pretty weak compared to ODI. Even the Netherlands and HongKong won against us in T20. One explosive batsman and a few poor overs from bowlers can change the gave very quickly. Afghanistan does have pretty good bowling attack and batsmen who can be explosive. In one of the matches with Zimbabwe, Afghanistan made 215 runs. Mohammad Shahzad made 118 not out. Tell me how many times has Bangladesh reached 200 runs in T20 in any match? Even in the last BPL we did not have any team make 200 runs if my memory is correct. Bangladesh should invite Afghanistan to improve in T20. Otherwise, more blushes are coming.

  • Afgun_Mujahid on January 18, 2016, 19:30 GMT

    It makes me laugh to see how some immature bangali fans think that just bcoz Afg lost badly in CWC15 to bangal it justifies bangal to not play them again or defame them offcourse not. Afg lost in CWC15 was due to handling pressure of inexperience, if Pak, NZ, Aus, Ind,SA and bangal don't play us how can we prove that we are good experience and have the ability to beat them. This is not war it is cricket so don't be scared of Afghanistan offer them matches just like Zimbabwe did and i thank Zim.

  • Emon_Das on January 18, 2016, 16:04 GMT

    Why BD sd pick 4 quicks in the first 11: quality of our quicks are far far faaaaaaaaaaar better than spinners. These 4 quicks can rip thr any bating lineup. Kayes sd b picked as 3rd opener followed up by Roni, Al-amin & Saqlin Sajib. Riad is not a t20 material, sorry. Biggest gamble will b no 7th batting position. lot will depend on it. I wd pick a fresh youngster who has raw hitting ability.

  • Manik_mia on January 18, 2016, 12:40 GMT

    BPL top wicket taker Hider needs to be an option in T20 side even if you have to miss one of the Rubel or Al-Amin or Taskin. Shakib and Sabbir are two all-rounders we have. We should go with more pacers in World cup and surprise every countries. BD recently doing better with more pacers.

  • Emon_Das on January 18, 2016, 12:03 GMT

    Ban t20 side: 1 Tamim 2 Soumya 3 Sabbir 4 Shakib 5 Mushfiq 6 Nurul 7....... 8 Mash 9 Rubel 10 Taskin 11 Mustafiz. We need a pinch hitter @ 7. Six batsmen are enough if they shoulder responsibilities, especially with Mash at the back end.

  • Emon_Das on January 18, 2016, 11:57 GMT

    we hv seen diff btw Afg & BD in the last WC. Yes, they can play against our county side to gain some experience.

  • AMBITIOUSSTROKE on January 18, 2016, 9:47 GMT

    @AFGUN_MUJAHID Afgans are playing wonderful cricket and we all appreciate that. This T20 series is between BD and Zim so we are focusing on these two teams. We dont have any ill feeling towards Afgan team. We will see the attitudes in future when BD plays against Afg. It may be in the Asia Cup.Till then hold ur horses.

  • TheCowCorner on January 18, 2016, 9:27 GMT

    @Afgun_Mujahid no one defames the Afgans here, we all would like you to await until your team taking on a good side like SA, Pk, Nz etc. Any win against them would certainly prove if any improvement afgans have made till date. The wins afgans have had lately were all against either associates or a dismal Zim side.

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