Cricket round-up: Shakib’s dream comes true with haul of 10 wickets and century for Bangladesh

Australia's pace bowling proves too much for South Africa in second Twenty20 as hosts level series

Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan reacts after the dismissal of Zimbabwean batsman Natsai M'shangwe during the fifth day of the second Test match at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna, Bangladesh, on November 7, 2014. Muniz uz Zaman / AFP
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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who on Friday became only the third player to score a century and take 10 wickets in a Test, said the rare feat had been on his mind.

Shakib took five for 80 and five for 44 after making 137 to mastermind Bangladesh's massive 162-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second Test in Khulna, which gave the hosts a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for 151 after tea on the fifth day.

Shakib, 27, joined Ian Botham of England and Imran Khan of Pakistan as the only cricketers to score a hundred and claim 10 wickets in a match.

Both the previous feats were against India, Botham achieved his in Mumbai in 1980 and Khan in Faisalabad in 1983.

“I had my eye on this record ever since a journalist told me about it a few weeks ago,” Shakib said after being declared the man of the match.

“I was lucky and fortunate to have done it. This was not an easy wicket to bat on and the ball was turning a lot on the last day. I am glad to contribute to a series win, but it was a very good team effort. Hopefully we will continue to do well in future.”

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim described Shakib as a "special" player.

“We know why Shakib is special – with bat, ball and in the field and all the young guys are inspired by him,” Rahim said.

Shakib, who made his Test debut in 2007, has scored 2,441 runs with three centuries and claimed 139 wickets in 36 matches.

Hamilton Masakadza, who scored a century in the first innings, was the only Zimbabwean to defy the spinners in the second innings with 61.

Shakib began by removing Sikandar Raza and Brendan Taylor, then dismissed Masakadza after lunch before grabbing the wickets of Elton Chigumbura and Natsai M’shangwe.

Shakib was supported by left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who took three for 44, and leg-spinner Jubair Hossain (two for 42) as Zimbabwe lost their last five wickets for 14 runs.

Earlier, Bangladesh declared their second innings at 248 for nine in the morning session after Shuvagata Hom completed his first half-century. Mohammed Mahmudullah top scored with 71.

“It was disappointing. You work hard for four-and-a-half days and get blown away like that, it’s a hard thing to swallow,” Zimbabwe captain Taylor said.

“Bangladesh were the better side. Credit to them and to Masakadza and [Malcolm] Waller for playing well.”

The third Test starts in Chittagong on Wednesday. The Tests will be followed by five one-day internationals.

Australia pace trims South Africa’s series lead

James Faulkner was the pick of Australia’s bowlers as his three wickets helped the hosts to a comfortable victory over South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday to level the three-match Twenty20 series at one each.

South Africa, who took the first match in Sydney by seven wickets on Wednesday, won the toss and opted to bat but were restricted to 101 for seven on the MCG pitch, which was offering steep bounce for the bowlers.

Australia captain Aaron Finch then smashed an unbeaten 44 from 30 balls and added 43 for the opening stand with Ben Dunk (23) as Australia chased down the target in the 13th over, for the loss of only three wickets.

All-rounder Shane Watson, who made 47 in the first match, continued his good form with the bat after his return from a long injury lay-off.

Watson hit five boundaries, four of them in an over against medium-pacer Ryan McLaren, in his 23-ball 30 and added 49 for the second wicket with Finch.

Earlier, Faulkner led a strong bowling effort with figures of three for 25 from his four overs. Fellow pacemen Doug Bollinger and Pat Cummins, who bowled a rare maiden over, took a wicket each, while leg-spinner Cameron Boyce also picked up two for 15 in a rounded effort.

“The bowlers were outstanding, blew them away,” Finch said.

South Africa never recovered after losing two wickets in the first couple of overs and were indebted to JP Duminy’s knock of 49 for getting them up to the 100-run mark.

“We were outplayed in all forms today, there’s a lot of learning,” Duminy said. “I was happy batting first but they blew us a way. Every time we started building a partnership they took wickets, so it was difficult for us.”

The third T20 match will be played on Sunday at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

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