Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd Test Day 5: Bangladesh take unassailable 2-0 lead following Shakib’s five-for

Al Hasan finished with figures of 5-44 off 18 overs

Al Hasan became only the third player in history to take 10 wickets and score a century in the same Test

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan picked up yet another five-wicket haul to lead his side to a 162-run win over Zimbabwe on the fifth day of the second Test in Khulna.

Thanks to Al Hasan’s heroics with the ball, Bangladesh have also taken an unassailable 2-0 lead heading into the third Test.

However, Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza deserves some credit as he scored a valiant 61.

Starting out the day on 201/5, Mahmudullah and Shuvagata Hom converted their 56-run partnership into a 75-run partnership before Mahmudullah was caught by Masakadza at mid-on off the bowling of debutant Natsai Mushangwe.

Mahmudullah’s brilliant knock of 71 came off 158 balls and included seven boundaries.

Taijul Islam only made one run before he was caught by Tinashe Panyangara at midwicket off the bowling of Mushangwe.

Shahadat Hossain fared no better as he was caught by Masakadza at mid-on off the bowling of Mushangwe for three runs.

Hom went on score his maiden Test half-century before he was brilliantly caught by Masakadza at long-on to become Mushangwe’s fourth victim of the innings.

Hom’s excellent innings of 50 came off 103 deliveries and included four boundaries.

Hom celebrates after scoring his maiden Test half-century

Hom celebrates after scoring his maiden Test half-century

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Following Hom’s dismissal, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim decided to declare with his side on 248/9, which set Zimbabwe a target of 314 to win.

Mushangwe and Malcolm Waller were the pick of the bowlers with four wickets apiece, while Panyangara chipped in with one.

Chasing 314 to win, Zimbabwe got off to a terrible start as debutant Brian Chari was caught and bowled by Islam for four runs.

Sikandar Raza failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Mominul Haque at short leg off the bowling of Al Hasan for nine runs.

Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor did not trouble the scorers at all as he was caught by Hom at backward short leg off the bowling of Al Hasan for a duck.

Masakadza and Regis Chakabva stemmed the bleeding with a 70-run partnership before Chakabva was caught by Mahmudullah at slip off the bowling of Jubair Hossain for 27.

Craig Ervine managed to make 21 runs before he was stumped by Rahim off the bowling of Hossain.

Masakadza ended up making 61 off 113 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Haque at silly point off the bowling of Al Hasan.

Masakadza hit five boundaries and a six during his gutsy knock of 61

Masakadza hit five boundaries and a six during his gutsy knock of 61

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Waller only made four runs before he was clean bowled by Al Hasan.

Al Hasan picked up his 10th wicket of the match when Mushangwe was caught behind for a duck.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for a dismal 151 when Tendai Chatara was given out lbw off the bowling of Islam for one run.

Al Hasan was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Islam snapped up three and Hossain claimed two.

Taylor was gutted to have lost the match, and said: “It was disappointing. You work hard for 4.5 days and get blown away like that, it’s a hard thing to swallow but Bangladesh were the better side. Credit to them and to Masakadza and Waller for playing well. Our bowlers held their own to restrict Bangladesh and we should have scored bigger in the first innings. They’ve got some pretty good spinners, especially on the last day. We need to have a look at some of our dismissals. There’s still a Test match to go and we’ll try and improve.”

Rahim was pleased to have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead, and said: “We needed the win and knew it was not going to be easy, the credit goes to all the boys. Shakib is a very special player. There was a big improvement in our batting from Tamim and Shakib. There are areas to improve, especially in our batting and we’ll think about our tactics and work on them. It’s obvious both teams dropped many catches and we need to work on that. The team that drops┬áless catches wins. We know why Shakib is special – with bat, ball and in the field – and all the young guys are inspired by him. I’m happy for the whole team and hopefully it will continue. There are a couple of areas where we need to improve and we want to win 3-0.”

Al Hasan was named Man of the Match, and said: “I thought it was a very good team effort, especially the stand between Mominul and Mahmudullah, and Shuvagata’s fifty later on. Taijul bowled very well and I did my part too. One journalist told me couple of weeks earlier about the record and I had my eye on taking 10 wickets and scoring a hundred. I was lucky, and thanks to the almighty as well. The pitch was a very good batting track, it wasn’t easy to score runs and difficult to get out too once you settled in. It was turning a lot on the last day. I put the ball in the right areas and it worked. It’s a great feeling to lead a series 2-0 and hopeful we’ll keep on doing this in future series as well.”

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