Sean Williams and Vusi Sibanda batted brilliantly to help Zimbabwe win the second ODI and level the series. It was Zimbabwe’s first victory in the last eight matches, and with that win the series result has been held over to the last match.

[caption id="attachment_837" align="alignright" width="300"]An unbeaten 78-run innings was enough to make Sean Williams the player of the match (Photo: AFP) An unbeaten 78-run innings was enough to make Sean Williams the player of the match (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

In the second ODI against Zimbabwe at the Bulawayo’s Queens Sports Club, a victory was a must for Zimbabwe as they had been trounced in the opening match. Their decision to bowl first after winning the toss proved fruitful for them as they sent half of the Bangladesh team back to pavilion for just 124 runs. But an innings of 53 off 22 by Abdur Razzak came as a terrible blow for the hosts. Razzak, who played a key role in the team’s win in the last ODI, worked miracles with the bat today. His innings studded with five sixes and four fours took Bangladesh’s score to 252 at the loss of nine wickets. Nasir Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan also scored 36 and 34, respectively.

Elton Chigumbura took three wickets, Tendai Chatara took two, while Kyle Jarvis and Prosper Utseya took one wicket apiece.

A target of 253 runs was massive for the hosts but they way they chased it shows their sheer brilliance and also reflects that their failure in the first ODI was temporary. A 65-run partnership between Sibanda and Pakistan-born Sikandar Raza made the matter easier for Zimbabwe. After the dismissals of both players with the space of a few balls, captain Brendan Taylor and Williams build a victorious partnership. Sibanda failed to complete his half-century and was dismissed on 49 off 51, while Raza scored 23.

Taylor and Williams added 73 runs in the fourth wicket, but when Taylor departed in the 35th over, Zimbabwe were still 86 runs away from victory. However, Williams, along with Malcolm Waller, achieved that goal, too. Taylor scored 37, while Williams with his splendid 78 and Waller with 39 runs remained not out. Williams faced 75 deliveries during his innings, which included one six.

Zimbabwe chased the target in the 48th over, claiming a six-wicket victory. Bangladesh’s Shafiul Islam took two wickets, while last match’s hero Ziaur Rahman and Shakib took one wicket each.

Sean Williams was given the man-of-the-match award for his outstanding performance.

The last and the decisive match between the two will be played on May 8 at the same venue.
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