Tamim Iqbal’s 158, the highest score from a Bangladeshi batsman in ODIs, led the home team when they survived a late attack by Donald Tiripano and won with four runs.
Tamim surpassed his own record of 154, set against the same opponents in 2009. Bangladesh’s 322/8 was also the highest score against Zimbabwe in ODIs, beating the record they set in the first ODI two days ago.
Despite the early failures of Liton Das (9) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (6), Tamim’s quick rating prevented visitors from taking the game in hand. Mushfiqur Rahim stayed around and, along with seasoned opener 87, touched down for the third wicket, number 4 building up 55 of them before he couldn’t connect enough to clarify long, Madhevere the bowler to take advantage of it.
Mahmudullah also supported the start, and Tamim passed the hundred mark in the 37th of his 106th ball. For the aggressive left-hander, it was a lean run. Its last ODI century came in July 2018 and meant a series of 23 innings without a ton.
However, he was not there yet and, together with Mahmudullah, tried to break a drought of 10 across the border, then pillage 39 runs from the next 12 balls, including 24 from a single Tinotenda Mutombodzi.
Mahmudullah’s dismissal did nothing to curtail the barrels when the new man Mohammad Mithun struck off with Tamim. The 30-year-old opener hit his 150 only 25 balls after hitting his 100 and overtook his previous ODI high score of 154 by hitting his third maximum before being caught long.
Mithun kept the innings moving despite a late flood of gates and hit a line from the last ball to get the hosts past the 321/6 they posted in the first ODI.
A first international fifty-year-old for Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, who played his fifth ODI, was the anchor in Zimbabwe’s innings and kept them in touch with the chase, although Regis Chakabva and Brendan Taylor fell before the end of the first power play, the latter falling victim to a great one Piece of field by Mehidy Hasan.
Skipper Sean Williams was also released before the start and previously caught by a faster Mehidy ball. Kamunhukamwe got his fifty to the point, but fell shortly afterward and threw himself when he tried to cart a ball away from Taijul Islam, which disappointed him in flight.
Nineteen-year-old Wesley Madhevere, who was playing his second ODI, took command and, with Sikandar Raza, continued to build the innings in Zimbabwe to get a good sum. The young all-rounder fought calmly against his own international half a century. But Taijul removed half the centurion again, this time with the next ball he was facing. The slow left-arm pushed one into the right-hander’s pads to make another LBW decision.
Raza was the third batsman to pass fifty for the visitors, his 15th in format, but he also didn’t last long after the landmark. He took some necessary risks when the required rate rose over 10 and more and was caught by the third man for 66 when he was looking for a third border from Mashrafe Mortaza’s ninth over.
That brought Donald Tiripano to the top, and he teamed up with Mutombodzi for the eighth wicket in a barnstorming attempt, completing 80 runs in 7.3 overs before being long caught in the final. This left 18 runs to come out of the last four balls with Tiripano on strike.
The next two balls were sent high over the head to complete a trio of Zimbabwe’s first international half-centuries, with Tiripano changing from just 26 balls to 54. However, he was only able to muster one of the last two balls, with Al-Amin Hossain keeping his nerve to win a four-round win for Bangladesh.
The third and final ODI will be played on Thursday, March 6th at the same location.