BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe): Pakistan opener Imam ul Haq scored his second international hundred as Pakistan reached 308 for 7 in the opening ODI against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Imam reached a career-best 128, while Fakhar Zaman continued his good run of form with 60 and debutant Asif Ali cracked a rapid 46 in the middle order to boost Pakistan’s total. Pakistan started slowly with the bat, Zimbabwe putting them in under grey, wintery skies. With the new ball nipping around, Imam played and missed at several deliveries and was lucky to survive an edge off fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani, the ball dropping just in front of second slip. He did enough to survive, however, and with Fakhar scoring fluently Pakistan put on an opening stand of 113 in under 25 overs.
Fakhar eventually hit a return catch to debutant offspinner Liam Roche, but Imam shifted through the gears to bring up a 109-ball hundred in the 37th over. Zimbabwe’s bowlers struck back at the death, picking up regular wickets to stall Pakistan’s charge. Tendai Chatara and Donald Tiripano picked up two apiece, as Pakistan lost five wickets in the last 10 overs. Asif Ali struck two sixes and four fours to ensure Pakistan passed 300 to set a challenging total.
Bangladesh vs W. Indies 2nd ODI scoreboard
DHAKA: Scoreboard of the second one-day international between Bangladesh and West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka today:
Tamim Iqbal c Roach b Bishoo 50
Liton Das c Hetmyer b Paul 8
Imrul Kayes c Hope b Thomas 0
Mushfiqur Rahim c Hope b Thomas 62
Shakib Al Hasan b Roach 65
Mahmudullah Riyad c Hetmyer c Powell 30
Soumya Sarkar c Bishoo b Thomas 6
Mashrafe Mortaza not out 6
Mehidy Hasan not out 10
Extras (b1, lb3, w9, nb5) 18
Total (seven wickets; 50 overs) 255
Did not bat: Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Imrul), 2-125 (Tamim), 3-132 (Mushfiqur), 4-193 (Mahmudullah) 5-208 (Soumya), 6-234 (Liton Das), 7-239 (Shakib)
Bowling: Roach 10-0-39-1(w2, nb1), Thomas 10-0-54-3 (w3, nb2), Chase 3-0-22-0 (w3), Paul 10-0-68-1 (w1, nb1), Bishoo 10-1-27-1 (nb1), Powell 7-0-41-1
West Indies innings
C. Hemraj lbw b Mehidy 3
S. Hope not out 146
D. Bravo b Rubel 27
M. Samuels c Mushfiqur b Mustafizur 26
S. Hetmyer c sub b Rubel 14
R. Powell c Soumya b Mashrafe 1
R. Chase c Tamim b Mustafizur 9
Keemo Paul not out 18
Extras (lb 5, w6, nb1) 12
Total (six wickets; 49.4 overs) 256
Did not bat: Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo, Oshane Thomas
Fall of Wickets: 1-5(Hemraj), 2-70 (Bravo), 3-132 (Samuels), 4-155 (Hetmyer), 5-157 (Powell), 6-185 (Chase)
Bowling: Shakib 10-0-28-0, Mehidy 9-0-39-1(w1), Mustafizur 10-1-63-2 (w2), Mashrafe 10-1-52-1 (w2, nb1), Mahmudullah 1.4-0-12-0, Rubel 9-0-57-2 (w1)
Result: West Indies won by four wickets
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: Masudur Rahman(BAN), Aleem Dar
Third Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZ)
Relevant: Shai Hope smashed a brilliant century as West Indies edged Bangladesh by four wickets in the second one-day international to level the three-match series 1-1 in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Opener Hope hit an unbeaten 146 off 144 balls, guiding West Indies to 256-6 in 49.4 overs after the visitors relied on three wickets from paceman Oshane Thomas to restrict Bangladesh to 255-7 in 50 overs.
Hope shared 71-run in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand with Keemo Paul to help West Indies get their first victory on the tour and stay alive in the series after they suffered a five-wicket loss in the opening match on Sunday.
Paul, who remained unbeaten on 18, pushed spinner Mahmudullah towards midwicket to complete the victory.
The fate of the game was hanging in the balance until Hope struck three fours off pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman in the penultimate over.
Hope, who has now three centuries in ODIs, hit 12 fours and three sixes in his innings.
“I just kept backing myself and knew that as long as I bat till the end, we will win. I asked Keemo to bat deep. It wasn’t an easy wicket in the beginning,” man of the match Hope said.
Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur claimed two wickets each for Bangladesh giving away 57 and 63 runs respectively.
Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Tamim Iqbal earlier each scored a half-century to steer Bangladesh to a decent total at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Shakib top-scored with 65 off 62 deliveries while Mushfiqur and Tamim made 62 and 50 respectively after West Indies invited the hosts to bat first.
Mushfiqur and Tamim laid the foundation of the innings with a 111-run second wicket stand after Oshane Thomas worked up the lively pace early in the innings.
Thomas, who returned with bowling figures of 3-54, forced opener Liton Das to leave the field with a toe injury before handing Imrul Kayes a duck for West Indies’ first breakthrough.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo dismissed Tamim, who faced 63 balls, to break his partnership with Mushfiqur, who soon became the second victim of Thomas.
Shakib, who smashed six fours and a six, then guided the lower-order to give Bangladesh a competitive score.
“It was a 50-50 match in the end, but we couldn’t hold onto the pressure. It was a good match. Hopefully, we’ll come back strong in the next game,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
The third and final match of the series will be held in Sylhet on Friday.
A relevant piece published earlier:
W. Indies opt to bowl in 2nd Bangladesh ODI
DHAKA: West Indies captain Rovman Powell won the toss and elected to bowl in their second one-day international against Bangladesh in Dhaka today.
Bangladesh lead the three-match series 1-0 after taking a five-wicket win in the opener Sunday also at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Bangladesh fielded an unchanged squad for the second match, while West Indies dropped Kieran Powell and brought in Chandrapaul Hemraj.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarker, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mashrafe Mortaza (Capt), Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
West Indies: Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell (Capt), Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.
Umpires: Masudur Rahman (BAN), Aleem Dar (PAK)
Third Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)
Sri Lankan bowler Dananjaya suspended
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Akila Dananjaya was suspended from bowling in international matches with immediate effect after his delivery style proved to be illegal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said today.
His action was questioned last month during the first Test which England won by 211 runs. He was ordered to take an independent assessment which was carried out at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
“The assessment revealed that his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations,” the ICC said in a statement. It added that Dananjaya, 25, could apply for a fresh assessment after modifying his bowling action. In the meantime, he was allowed to play in domestic matches.
During the first Test against England, Dananjaya took two wickets giving away 184 runs in the match that concluded in four days at Galle last month. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of his bowling action.