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Bangladesh rout Zimbabwe by 218 runs
Brendan Taylor hits back to back centur
Bangladeshi cricketers celebrate the victory after dismissing Zimbabwe batsmen Kyle by Mehidy Hasan Miraz during the second and final test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Photo: ICC
Dhaka, Nov 15 : Bangladesh routed visiting Zimbabwe by 218 runs in the second Test on day five at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
With this win, Bangladesh leveled the two-match series 1-1 as they lost the first game by 151 runs at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium last week.
Bangladesh capitalised on a nice and flat pitch by putting up a mammoth total of 522/7 (declared) in the first innings where player of the match Mushfiqur Rahim [219 *] hit a double-hundred and Mominul Hoque  a century.
Despite Taylor’s heroics  in the first innings, Bangladesh bowled out Zimbabwe for 304 at the end of day-three.
The host then decided to open the second innings on the day-four instead of asking the visitors to follow-on to post a big enough lead and provide their bowlers a bit rest for 10-wicket mission.
Bangladesh piled up 224/6 (declared) in the second innings and set up a tough target of 443 runs.
Zimbabwe lost a couple of wickets on penultimate day’s evening but Taylor  remained and so did their hope.
Taylor continued to slay Bangladesh’s bowling en-route to an unbeaten ton, but the batters on the other end couldn’t hold on.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 522/7-d in 160 overs; Mushfiqur Rahim 219 *, Mominul Haque 161, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 68*, Mahmudullah Riyad 36; Kyle Jarvis 5/71, Tendai Chatara 1/34, Donald Tiripano 1/65.
Bangladesh 2nd innings: 224/6-d in 54 overs; Mohammad Mithun 67, Mahmudullah 101*, Kyle Jarvis 2/27, Donald Tiripano 2/31, Sikandar Raza 1/39, Sean Williams 1/69.
Zimbabwe 1st innings: 304/10 in 105.3 overs; Brendan Taylor 110, Peter Moor 83, Brian Chari 53, Taijul Islam 5/107, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3/61, Ariful Haque 1/10.
Zimbabwe 2nd innings: 224/10 in 83.1 overs (overnight 76/2 in 30 overs); Brendan Taylor 106, Brian Chari 43, Hamilton Masakadza 25, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 5/38, Taijul Islam 2/93, Mustafizur Rahman 1/19.