Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets

Updated: 23 January 2009 11:16 IST

Bangladesh comfortably beat Zimbabwe by six wickets on Friday to clinch the three-game limited overs series 2-1.

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets

Dhaka:

Bangladesh comfortably beat Zimbabwe by six wickets on Friday to clinch the three-game limited overs series 2-1.

In a match reduced to 37 overs per side after morning fog, Zimbabwe was sent in and recorded 119-9, with Bangladesh reaching 121-4 with more than four overs to spare.

Bangladesh was steered to victory by allrounder Shakib Al Hasan (33 not out) and Mushfiqur Rahim (20 not out).

Hasan was named as player of the series, with Mashrafe bin Mortaza taking man of the match honors after destroying Zimbabwe's top order, helping reduce the visitors to 69-5.

Mortaza (3-26) struck early, trapping Visu Sibanda (0) lbw with the fifth ball of the match.

He then dismissed Hamilton Masakadza (10) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (10) to put Bangladesh firmly in control. Masakadza tried to play a short ball but failed to adjust and the ball took the shoulder of the bat, presenting a catch to Mehrab Hossain at second slip. Matsikenyeri was clean bowled.

Hasan (3-15), who has been ranked as the top one-day allrounder by the International Cricket Council, bowled Elton Chigumbura (7) then removed Ray Price (7) and had Ed Rainsford (1) stumped by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim.

Sean Williams was the best of Zimbabwe's batsmen with 38.

In reply, Bangladesh lost Mehrab Hossain and captain Mohammad Ashraful cheaply, but a 34 from Tamim Iqbal provided the basis of the run chase. The hosts slipped to 89-4 but Zimbabwe could not get further breakthroughs to expose Bangladeh's tail, as Hasan and Rahim guided the home team to victory.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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