Captain Brendan Taylor fell four short of a half-century owing to a controversial hit-wicket dismissal
Zimbabwe 240 for 9 (Madhevere 56, Taylor 46, Shoriful 4-46) vs Bangladesh
Zimbabwe put on 240 for 9 against Bangladesh in the must-win second ODI in a markedly improved batting performance from the first game when they were bowled out for 121.Wessley Madhevere top-scored with 56 on Sunday in Harare, but it was his 63-run sixth-wicket stand with Sikandar Raza that lifted Zimbabwe past the 200-run mark. The partnership came after Brendan Taylor’s controversial dismissal midway through the match when the TV umpire adjudged him hit wicket.Taylor’s wicket was one of four for left-arm quick Shoriful Islam, who finished with his best ODI figures of 4 for 46 in ten overs. Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets after Taskin Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan Miraz gave the visitors a good start.
Ahmed had Tinashe Kamunhukamwe caught at point in the first over before Miraz bowled Tadiwanashe Marumani, attempting a slog sweep, in the sixth over.
Regis Chakabva, promoted to No. 3 after his attacking half-century in the first ODI, looked like putting together a strong partnership with Taylor. But after making 26, Chakabva fell to a beautiful arm ball from Shakib.
Taylor survived a hit-wicket dismissal in the ninth over when the boot came off his back foot and fell near the stumps. Riding his luck, Taylor drove and flicked Islam for a four and a six off consecutive balls in the 11th over, before getting another brace of boundaries against the same bowler in the 15th over.
Eventually Islam got Taylor’s wicket through the hit-wicket mode, the dismissal slowing down Zimbabwe for the following six overs. It was Madhevere, pushed down to No. 6 after opening in the first game, who turned things around with his half-century that came off 52 balls. He added 35 runs with Dion Myers who once again gave away a good start, making 34 before getting caught in the long-on fence.
But Myers’ dismissal didn’t affect Madhevere’s much; he unleashed a swivel-pull and a blazing cover drive against Ahmed for two fours in the 36th over, before hammering Afif Hossain over long-off for his first six.
In the subsequent overs, Bangladesh dried up the boundaries, which forced Madhevere to top-edge a wild swing against Islam in the 45th over. Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh captain, ran in from long-off and dived forward to complete the catch, the effort reminiscent of Ajay Jadeja’s superb take to dismiss Alan Border during the 1992 World Cup.
Zimbabwe scored 65 runs in the last ten overs, and their lack of boundaries during this phase could come back to haunt them should their bowlers not be able to make early inroads.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84