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Bangladesh level one-day series against Zimbabwe

AP , HARARE

Bangladesh won the second one-day international cricket match against Zimbabwe by 63 runs on Sunday to level the five-match series 1-1.

Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by two wickets in the first match on Saturday, also at the Harare Sports Club.

The tourists scored a modest 238-8 in their 50 overs on Sunday, but Zimbabwe managed only 175 all out in reply.

Zimbabwe got its run chase off to a poor start with the early losses of Chimunorwa Chibhabha, Piet Rinke and Hamilton Masakadza, who between them managed only 18 runs.

Stuart Matsikenyeri led the recovery and fell just short of his second half century in successive days. He topscored for Zimbabwe with 46, caught by Khaled Mashud off Abdur Razzak.

Zimbabwe could not afford to give away wickets but did just that with the three run-outs of Rinke, Masakadza and Prosper Utseya.

Shahadat Hossain ended with 3-41, and Mohammad Rafique recorded economical figures of 2-24 off his full 10 overs.

Earlier, Bangladesh got off to a bad start when Javed Omar again failed -- scoring 10 after only eight in the first match -- and fellow opener Shahriar Nafees was out for seven.

Aftad Ahmed hit a spirited 40 in a bid to turn things around.

But a middle-order slump hit Bangladesh which went from 73-3 to 76-6 before allrounder Farhad Reza and Mashud turned things around.

Reza scored his half-century in 57 balls with a six and four fours to take Bangladesh out of the one-day doldrums, before he was bowled for 50 by Ed Rainsford. Mashud was undefeated on 48 at the end of the 50 overs and Rafique continued his good batting form lower down with 33 not out.

Best of the Zimbabwe bowlers was Blessing Mahwire who was recalled to the side as first change seamer. He took 3-29 in eight overs.

The match was watched by International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed and president Percy Sonn who are also in Zimbabwe to discuss internal disputes over who should control the sport.

In a rocky year, Zimbabwean cricket has also been hit by wage disagreements with players.

Zimbabwe is presently only playing one-dayers against other Test countries.

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