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Recent Match Report – Zim Women vs Bdesh Wmn 2nd ODI 2021/22

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The duo added 115 in an unbroken second-wicket stand to wrap up the chase in just 24.3 overs

Bangladesh Women 125 for 1 (Hoque 53*, Murshida 51*, Mbofana 1-30) beat Zimbabwe Women 121 (Gwanzura 35*, Akter 3-30) by nine wickets

Murshida Khatun and Fargana Hoque struck unbeaten half-centuries as Bangladesh Women trounced Zimbabwe Women by nine wickets in the second ODI and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe opted to bat after winning the toss but didn’t have a great start as Jahanara Alam dismissed debutant Sharne Mayers on the first ball of the match. In the next over, Salma Khatun bowled Ashley Ndiraya, also for a duck, to leave Zimbabwe reeling at 2 for 2. Captian Mary-Anne Musonda tried to stabilise the innings but she too couldn’t last long and fell to Salma for 10.

Modester Mupachikwa and Christabel Chatonzwa dragged the side past 50 during their 34-run stand for the fourth wicket but both batters fell within two runs of each other, leaving Zimbabwe 58 for 5.

When Nahida Akter removed Precious Marange to make it 71 for 7, it started looking like the hosts will be bowled out for a sub-100 total for the second time in two games. Nyasha Gwanzura, though, hung around with the lower order, scoring an unbeaten 35 to ensure Zimbabwe reached 121. Along with Esther Mbofana, Gwanzura added 38 for the eighth wicket but despite her efforts Zimbabwe could last only 46.4 overs as Akter cleaned up the tail to finish with 3 for 30.

Bangladesh lost Sharmin Akhter early in the chase but Murshida and Hoque kept the Zimbabwe bowlers at bay and moved closer to their individual half-centuries. Murshida was the first to reach the milestone, her maiden ODI fifty coming from 63 balls. Hoque was on 49 off 67 balls when she hit Mbofana for four to bring up her seventh fifty as well as seal the game.



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Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2nd Test 2021/22

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Blackwood fell in the last over before lunch after he’d batted out 23 overs with Bonner

West Indies 253 and 65 for 2 (Bonner 22*) trail Sri Lanka 204 and 345 for 9 declared (Dhananjaya 155*, Permaul 3-106) by 232 runs

Tasked with seeing out at least 93 overs to save the second Test in Galle, West Indies lost two wickets inside the first 31 before lunch. Kraigg Brathwaite had been dismissed towards the end of the first hour of play, when Ramesh Mendis trapped him lbw with an arm ball.

Jermaine Blackwood and Nkrumah Bonner then mounted some resistance, batting out 23 overs together. Then with three balls to go for lunch, Lasith Embuldeniya tempted Blackwood into a drive, with loopy delivery outside off stump. The bowler had spun this one hard, though – it dipped, took the outside edge, and was caught at slip by Dhananjaya de Silva. Blackwood had batted out 92 balls for his 36. Bonner, at the other end, was on 22 off 71.

The late wicket was reward for Sri Lanka’s spinners, who had created a number of half chances through the course of the session. Blackwood was dropped by Dimuth Karunaratne at short midwicket in the 20th over, the ball only just carrying to him, low to his left. At other times, balls took the inside edge but evaded the short leg fielder, who was constantly in the action.

Despite the loss of their openers however, West Indies batted well to see out the new ball, which has been the Sri Lanka spinners’ primary weapon, as is often the case in Galle. On a pitch that is taking substantial turn, but is not unplayable yet, the visitors do bat deep – Joshua da Silva coming in as low as No. 8.

Early in the day, Sri Lanka added 17 runs in 2.4 overs – No. 10 batter Embuldeniya doing much of the attacking. When Embuldeniya was bowled by Jason Holder, captain Dimuth Karunaratne declared the innings, Sri Lanka sitting on a lead of 297. Dhananjaya added two to his overnight score and finished 155 not out.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf



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Australia’s No. 3 is one of the few players who will enter the Ashes with substantial cricket under his belt



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Tom Latham will lead New Zealand

Rahane is out due to a minor left hamstring strain he picked up while fielding on the final day of the Kanpur Test. Jadeja’s is a right forearm injury that required scans which revealed swelling. “He has been advised rest,” stated a BCCI release.

Ishant, meanwhile, dislocated his left little finger on the final day in Kanpur, leaving the door open for Mohammed Siraj‘s return. Siraj had himself sustained a finger injury during the T20I series, but has now been deemed fit.
For Williamson, it’s the recurrence of an old left-elbow problem that has troubled him for much of the year. Coach Gary Stead confirmed the injury had flared up during the first Test and with it failing to improve in the days following the match, the call was made to rule him out. In his absence. Tom Latham will lead the side.

“It’s been a really tough time for Kane having to deal with such a persistent injury,” Stead said. “While we’ve been able to manage the injury through the year and the T20 World Cup, the shift to Test cricket and the increased batting loading has re-aggravated his elbow.

“Ultimately the injury is still not right and while he got through the Kanpur Test, it was clear playing in the second Test wasn’t an option.”

Meanwhile, the absence of Rahane and Jadeja could leave India’s team management contemplate a sixth batting option. If they go down this route, it could mean a debut for KS Bharat or Suryakumar Yadav at his home ground. Wriddhiman Saha was ruled fit by Virat Kohli a day before the match.



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