Harare: All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored an excellent unbeaten 96 as Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by three wickets in their second ODI at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series.

Zimbabwe posted a competitive 240 for nine in their 50 overs, but the tourists chased the total down with five balls remaining, largely thanks to Shakib’s unbeaten half-century which came off 109 balls.

After the home side elected to bat, Wessley Madhevere (56) top scored but found little support in the lower order, as left-arm seamer Shoriful Islam (4-46) was the pick of the bowlers.

Bangladesh were in trouble at 173 for seven in their reply, before Shakib and Mohammad Saifuddin (28 not out) put on an unbeaten

69 in 10.4 overs for the eighth wicket to see them to victory.

The third ODI will be played at the same venue and will be followed by three T20Is.

Zimbabwe decided to bat and saw themselves in trouble right in the starting overs. Zimbabwe lost both their openers in the first six overs following which wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva and skipper Brendan Taylor played some monumental innings to stabilize their side. Instrumental knocks came from Dion Myers, Sikandar Raza and Wesley Madhevere, where Madhevere even smashed a half-century. 

Meanwhile, Bangladesh bowlers were quite disciplined with the ball. Besides leaking a handful of runs, they kept chipping regular wickets for hosts.

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