In the second ODI against Bangladesh in the five-match series, Zimbabwe had a slightly less successful outing with the bat than in the last match, making 200 in fifty overs. They were pegged back by some tight spin bowling, and a late surge was thwarted by the Bangldeshis to bowl out the tourists for 191 in 46.2 overs.
Zimbabwe's innings got of to a pacy but unsteady start. Opener Chamu Chibhabha was out for just 1 to the pace of Shafiul Islam with just 10 runs on the board. But, by getting on top of the new-ball pair of Mashrafe Mortaza and Islam, the other opener Brendan Taylor and Regis Chakabva took the side to 50 in the 9th over, before Taylor fell to the spin of Shakib Al Hasan for a breezy 38 off 32 balls.
Chakabva and Keith Dabengwa took Zimbabwe to over 100, but were batting slowly, having only reached the landmark in the 28th over. Hasan struck again to dismiss Dabengwa for 30 and the tourists were again in trouble at 104/4 in 30.3 overs.
Captain Tatenda Taibu followed soon after for a watchful 21, getting lbw to Abdur Razzak and the Zimbabwean's were reeling at 114/5 in 33 overs. Chigumbura tried to revive the innings with Craig Ervine in the middle overs, but fell to Hasan for just 10 and the tourists were looking at the bottom of their barrel at 132/6 in 37 overs.
But then the new batsman Proper Utseya joined forces with Ervine to make reparations, biffing a four and a six off Suhrawadi Shuvo in the 42nd over. At a healthier 179/6 in the 45th over, Utseya got out to Razzak when he holed out to Naeem Islam at long-off.
Keegan Meth was not able to contribute and gave Hasan his fourth wicket with the score at a pitiful 189/8 in the 46th over. In the next over, Razzak polished off tail, getting the last three wickets with a hat-trick and taking his tally in the match to 5 for 30 runs. Zimbabwe were all out for 191 when it looked at one stage that it would easily cross 200.
Now when Bangladesh come out to bat, they will have to be cautious not to repeat the same mistakes they made in the last match. They will have to get off to steady start, keep wickets intact and maintain a healthy run-rate if they are to win this match and draw level in the series.