Series: Bangladesh in Zimbabwe Nov 2021
Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Result: Bangladesh by 9 wickets
Bangladesh Take Series with Second Win
It was more of the same in Bulawayo, an under par score by Zimbabwe hunted down easily by Bangladesh in the second of three ODIs between the two nations.
Mary-Anne Musonda won the toss for Zimbabwe and elected to bat but wickets fell too often for the batters to gain momentum. Opening batter Modester Mupachikwa (33) settled in well and did what she does best: keep out the good deliveries and punish the bad ones. However she had little support and when she departed so too any notion of a large total.
Nyasha Gwanzura (35*) provided runs in the lower order but she ran out of partners and Zimbabwe were dismissed in the 47th over for just 121. For the bowlers, best on show again was Jahanara Alam (2-22) although by numbers it was Nahida Akter (3-30) and Salma Khatun (2-21). Jahanara’s pace and accuracy have been too hot for the local batters and it leaves the door open for the spinners to mop up.
Bangladesh were completely untroubled in the chase with two of the batters Fargana Hoque (53*) and Murshida Khatun (51*) managing half centuries as the team chased down the total to win by 9 wickets.
Bangladesh will now look to take a clean sweep of the series in game three. Nothing witnessed so far would suggest anything but as this team sharpens its sword for the World Cup qualifiers later this month.
For Zimbabwe, the team put on a better show with the bat today but they need much more. They also need Josephine Nkomo back on the park. Game three perhaps?
Zimbabwe 121 (Nyasha Gwanzura 35*, Modester Mupachikwa 33, Nahida Akter 3-30, Salma Khatun 2-21, Jahanara Alam 2-22) 46.4 overs
Bangladesh 125/1 (Fargana Hoque 53*, Murshida Khatun 51*, Esther Mbofana 1-30) 24.3 overs
Player of the Match: Fargana Hoque