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Anamul, Tamim set up easy win for Bangladesh

BOWLED OVER:Already 2-0 down in the five-match series, visitors Zimbabwe must win all three of their remaining matches to claim an unlikely series victory

AFP, CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh

Bangladesh bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, second left, celebrates with his teammates during their second one-day international match against Zimbabwe at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, Bangladesh, on Sunday.

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Opening batsmen Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal each struck a half-century to set up an easy 68-run win for Bangladesh in the second one-day international against Zimbabwe in Chittagong on Sunday.

Anamul made 80 off 110 balls while Tamim cracked 76 off 98 balls as Bangladesh posted 251-7 before dismissing Zimbabwe for 183 runs in 44.5 overs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Anamul and Tamim provided Bangladesh with a solid foundation putting on 158 runs in what was the side’s second-best opening stand after Mehrab Hossain and Shahirar Hossain’s 170 against the same opponents in 1999.

Bangladesh suffered a major collapse losing six wickets for 46 runs after Tamim was run out, but Mominul Haque, batting at number seven, guided the score past the 250-run mark with an unbeaten 33 off 23 balls.

Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza took three wickets in his opening spell to rattle Zimbabwe and left the visitors struggling at 40-3 and the side never recovered from the damage.

Solomon Mire top-scored for Zimbabwe with his maiden fifty — 50 off 79 balls — while Regis Chakabva (32) and Elton Chigumbura (38) played late cameos, but Bangladesh were always in control.

Arafat Sunny, who finished with 4-29, bowled out the last three batsmen in his final over after Chigumbura was run out by Sabbir Rahman with a direct hit.

Mortaza (3-34) was named man of the match. Bangladesh won the first match by 87 runs at the same venue on Friday last week.

The remaining three matches of the series are all scheduled to take place in the capital Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium tomorrow, on Friday and on Monday next week.

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