Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Harare Sports Club to clinch the series. Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan shined with the bat and guided his side over the line during their chase of 241 runs.
Despite the constant fall of wickets from the other end, Shakib kept scoring runs to release the pressure. The left-hander played an unbeaten 96-run knock to help his side record a memorable victory. He smashed eight boundaries during his match-winning performance. Eventually, Bangladesh chased down the target with three wickets in hand.
For the hosts, Luke Jongwe picked up a couple of wickets for 46 runs in 8 overs. Blessing Muzarabani was the least expensive bowler for Zimbabwe. He gave away only 31 runs in 9.1 overs and picked up a wicket.
Earlier, Zimbabwe posted 240/9 in their allotted 50 overs, thanks to Wesley Madhevere and captain Brendan Taylor. The Zimbabwean skipper made 46 runs off 57 balls with the help of 6 fours and a six.
On the other hand, Madhevere scored the top-most 56 runs from 63 deliveries, including six boundaries. Sikandar Raza also made a valuable contribution of 30 runs down the order to take his team to a competitive total.
For the visiting side, Shoriful Islam was the pick of the bowlers. He claimed 4 wickets for 46 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Bangladesh win with Shakib hitting 96*.
Zimbabwe made it hard for them. Good ODI. 👏
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) July 18, 2021
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) July 18, 2021
Bangladesh win by three wickets 🎉
A stunning 96* from Shakib Al Hasan helps them get an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series!
— ICC (@ICC) July 18, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 18, 2021
Shakib AL Hasan has played a Gem of an innings of 96* after Bangladesh were 145-6 chasing 241
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) July 18, 2021
Zimbabwe has shown lot's of spirit. but unlucky it was shakib al hasan masterclass which took us home. Muzurabani is a star.#ZIMvBAN
— Samiul Alam Sami (@SsSamiulSami73) July 18, 2021
Well played Shakib al Hasan. Hold on to it till the end and finished the game. Really was Zimbabwe's game but Ban managed to sneak through.#ZIMvBAN
— Kaustubh Mokal (@KaustubhMokal3) July 18, 2021
What a victory ✌🔥
Shakib Al Hasan #96 🔥🖤 pic.twitter.com/FfHUZbcmdM
— Shan Hasan (@ShanHasan16) July 18, 2021
Shakib Al Hasan has played a sensational innings (96* )
And wins it for Bangladesh
— Charanist (@avndec31) July 18, 2021