Harare, Aug 15: Zimbabwe stole a march on Bangladesh, winning the second ODI of the former's tour by 7 wickets with 35 balls to spare. After a forceful performance by Zimbabwe fast bowler Brian Vitori, who took 5/20 to help limit the visitors to 188 all out in 47.3 overs, the home side marched home in 44.1 overs. Sizable contributions from Visu Sibanda (67), Hamilton Masakadza (38) and Tatenda Taibu (61) took their side over the finishing line, thus making the series score 2-0.
Being put into bat, Bangladesh got off to a horrendous start with pacers Vitori and Chris Mpofu tearing through the top-order. Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqar Rahim and Imrul Kayes departed cheaply with the score reading 26/3. Then Shahriar Nafees and Mohamad Ashraful took the side to 50 in the 15th over, but bit the dust soon afterwards, as did Mahmudullah, leaving Bangladesh on a pitiful 58/6.
Then Shakib ul Hasan and Nasir Hossain revived the innings, taking the score to 111 in 35 overs, before the former departed for 26. Hossain kept chugging along to end his knock on 63 while Abdur Razzak chipped in with a quick-fire 35 to wrap up his side's innings at 188.
Zimbabwe launched a strong response and even though they lost Brendon Taylor for 3 in the 3rd over, Visu Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza put on 83 runs, making the score 87/2 in 20.4 overs. Another couple of meaty partnerships was all Zimbabwe needed to romp home, with Masakadza departing for a well-made 38 off 51 balls, before Tatenda Taibu and Craig Erwine saw their side home.