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Williams’ career-best leads Zimbabwe to victory

Sean Williams hit a career-best 78 not out as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by six wickets in the second one-day international in Bulawayo on Sunday to set up a series decider. Playing in only his second one-day match since the 2011 World Cup, Williams was aided by Malcolm Waller’s unbeaten 39 as he calmly saw Zimbabwe to their target of 253 with 13 balls to spare. Abdur Razzak’s maiden half-century in international cricket had hauled Bangladesh to a competitive total as Zimbabwe were made to regret four dropped catches, but Williams’ sensible batting won the day and squared the three-match series at one apiece.

Razzak arrived at the crease with the tourists struggling on 185 for seven in the 44th over after they had been asked to bat first, and duly clubbed a 21-ball fifty to take them to 252 for nine. The 30-year-old’s previous highest score in ODIs was 35, but the left-hander made the most of a dropped catch to give Bangladesh the impetus at the halfway stage of the match. Kyle Jarvis was responsible for the drop off his own bowling, and suffered the consequences as he conceded two of Razzak’s five sixes - and 17 runs off the final over of the innings.
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