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Aug 12, 2009

Shakib hitting 9th fastest Century in ODI

Shakib Al Hasan slammed 104 to help push Bangladesh to a 49-run win over Zimbabwe and establish a 2-0 lead in their best of five One Day International series at the Queen's Sports Club here on Tuesday.

Al Hasan's efforts helped his country to their highest ODI score of 320-8 in 50 overs with Zimbabwe totalling 271 all out in 46.1 overs.

Tamim Iqbal's thickset 79 likewise underpinned the tourists before he was run out - with Al Hasan himself suffering a similar fate.

That proved too tough a call for Zimbabwe to match, though half-centuries from Charles Coventry and Sean Williams saw them put up a strong fight.

Coventry found offspinner Naeem Islam to his liking as he hits two big sixes but the pressure of keeping that going proved too much for both him and Williams.

Elton Chigumbura also weighed in with a defiant 31 but could not save a result for the hosts - beaten by e4ight wickets in the first match on Sunday - as he was run out at the death.

Shakib began slowly but then found increasing momentum and took full advantage of the batting Powerplay with some spectacular hitting - as well as some less than neat fielding, which saw him dropped twice.

Thereafter he raced on appreciatively to bring up his hundred in 63 balls off Ed Rainsford before he was run out as he and Mushfiqur Rahim went for an over-ambitious three.

Fastest ODI Centuries:

Shahid Afridi
Pakistan v Sri LankaNairobi04/10/1996
MV Boucher
South Africa v ZimbabwePotchefstroom20/09/2006
BC Lara
West Indies v BangladeshDhaka09/10/1999
Shahid Afridi
Pakistan v IndiaKanpur15/04/2005
ST Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka v PakistanSingapore02/04/1996
ST Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka v BangladeshKarachi30/06/2008
V Sehwag
India v New ZealandHamilton11/03/2009
M Azharuddin
India v New ZealandBaroda17/12/1988
Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bulawayo11/08/2009
ST Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka v NetherlandsAmstelveen04/07/2006

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