Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd T20, Bulawayo May 12, 2013

All-round Shakib helps Bangladesh draw series


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

The Bangladesh spinners imposed themselves on Zimbabwe as they successfully defended a moderate total to register a 34-run win. 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.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Shakib is currently amongst 3 on ICC's top all rounder's list of all formats of cricket, which rare achievement was not made possible by any cricketer of this globe before!

  • Amila on May 14, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    @ Ammo666 ; Those two Test records (Highest Total for BD, Highest Score by BD batsmen) will be unbreakable for a long time (May be forever). That's a good achievement after all. Anyway just after a couple of days BD lost the 2nd test within 4 days (very common in Tests when BD involved) and lost the series 1-0. Yours is a typical comment from a BD fan. Loads of excuses and complaints. Missing "KEY" players, Umpiring decisions and loosing "TOSS". Find some new creative excuses before NZ tour starts. Otherwise it will be boring to hear same excuses and complaints.

  • Shah on May 14, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    @ Dhutugemunu welcome to present now you want me to forget about SL where BD achieved the highest total in BD test history where SL declared by scoring 570 with their KEY players thinking BD won't be able to reach that HUGE score but might face a innings defeat but BD showed them well with the BAT that an innings defeat is far but up on that they outstripped that huge 570 scored 638 & took the lead;) after that there was no brave sign on SL trying to win but only to draw:) &also won 1 ODI to level the series & again then a close T20. FYI there was no key player opener Tamim or Shakib who ranked no.1 all rounder in the WORLD&still in form so keep your so called "key" thoughts to you. coming to ZIM tour before the test sereis no practice match but in 2nd test BD overcame that even though 2 umpires were always with ZIM&then BD lost the ODI series&again poor umpiring&even in T20&losing all the crucial toss(luck) though BD also didn't play their real game in last 2 ODI..let ZIM come to BD;)

  • Shabbir on May 14, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Not really sure why anybody is trying to discredit BDs performance in Sri Lanka. ANY sri Lankan fan needs to analyse this simple equation:

    SL fan expectation before the tour started (given previous BD performances and SL Victories on home Ground), minus, SL fans reaction after the tour had been completed = Big disappointment for SL fans.

    SL fans expected a whitewash and it didn't happen. They can use as many excuses as they want but BD received many accolades for their present form, by media and sports commentators alike, up until the ZIM tour with the resulsts ending as follows: Test (Draw) ODI (Loss) T20 (Draw), which was seen as an overall loss for BD and a disappointment.

  • Amila on May 14, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    "Because it's Bangladesh, we wanted to give the youngsters a chance," - Jayasuriya www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-bangladesh-2013/content/story/627269.html

    "Bangladesh are an ordinary side." - Shewag http://www.espncricinfo.com/bdeshvind2010/content/story/444422.html

    This is what Cricketers said.

  • Amila on May 14, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    @ Ammo666 ; Where are those key players? Forget about SL. Why couldn't those so called "Key" players beat Zim? Yes. Lets talk about the present and recent past. vs Zim T20Is 1-1 drawn, ODIs 1-2 lost, Tests 1-1 drawn, vs SL T20I 0-1 lost, ODIs 1-1 drawn, Tests 0-1 lost, vs WI T20I 0-1 lost, ODIs 3-2 won, Tests 0-2 lost, World T20 Cup 2012 lost, Asia Cup 2012 lost. Key word "LOST".

    BD fans doesn't have anything to brag about. Yes. After 100s of loses, one win is an achievement.

  • Shah on May 14, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    @ Dhutugemunu: Yes you soothsayer everyone knew that your SL is not going to lose any but sadly they lost a ODI right & the ODI series was levelled, but now i can say if Mahela was playing then they would have won both the ODI or what;D... BD have already have few key players in the current team to beat SL often now if those players are up to their task in a coherent manner&with that needs to play much on such pitch & i believe everyone knows it so we don't have to make a looong list of "key" players like your so called thoughts&your so called 3rd string team :) so don't cry over spilled milk talking about 13yrs but come to present & see their last two series against WI & SL which proved they are really improving though Zim tour was a bit different story (BD & all knows what was it) but BD fans does not really over boasts like IND & SL does its almost like they leave nothing&though IND is the most..but we all have rights to celebrate our win but should not humiliate before others does!

  • Amila on May 14, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    @ r0ketman ; I called that 3rd string because, SL did not use their "ALL" of their automatic selection players to that T20I. That has nothing to do with the experience. BD does not have much experience in T20Is, since they have only played 30 T20Is compared to 52 T20Is by SL. True. Most of your BD players has played 5 odd games, because others are in the hospital or dropped and replaced by new players. Then BD fans can claim that the BD is a young team inexperienced team everytime they lose.

    BTW if SL had all their full team, then you BD fans will say, experienced guys won that game for SL. After they retire SL Cricket doesn't have a future. (This was BD fans song during Test and ODI series.)

  • roket on May 14, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: On What grounds are you calling SL team 3rd string? 6 of the SL players had more than 10 T20I experience, VS 5 players on BD side. On the senior players, Mathews and Malinga has played almost double the number of T20 matches that Ashraful and Mushfique played. Both teams had 1 debutants. So based on the number of T20Is played, SL team was far more experienced than BD, so this was SLs first choice team, not 3rd string you are claiming. So if calling it 3rd string makes you feel better and be able to brag about this umpiring farce of a T20 win, then so be it!:-)

  • yuvraj on May 14, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    @r0ketman.''If this series was played in BD, Zim would not stand a chance''. Wow. Are you trying to be a fortune teller? Predicting the series result one year ahead of time...lol. If you say Zim won the series due to home advantage then same can be said if BD wins the series at home. BD came close against WI because of the early declaration made my the WI.Otherwise they would piled up 700 runs on the board. Zim too gave NZ a run for their money at home. Zim lost to WI in WI conditions, where Zim played international cricket almost after a year. Even BD would have lost if they had to play in WI. They got lucky last time as they played against a 2nd string side.

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