Bangladesh ~~A~~ slump to five wicket defeat

Published: Saturday, March 5, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Harare:Bangladesh 'A' slumped to a five-wicket defeat against Zimbabwe 'A' in the opening One-dayer at the Kwekwe Sports Club in Harare.

A superb all-round display by Keith Dabengwa paved the way for the home side's win, enabling them to fire the first salvo in the five-match series. Dabengwa played stellar role first coming up with a solid unbeaten half-century and later doing the maximium damage with the cherry snaffling five scalps to ensure the visitors could not put up a score in excess of 250.

Earlier, Bangladesh 'A' skipper and national discard Sanwar Hossain called correctly and opted take first strike. Bangladesh 'A' played themselves into a sound footing, reaching 181 for 5 and looked to set to launch a final assault but came a cropper at the death to be packed out for 209 with 13 balls unused.

For the tourists, Tushar Imran compiled a fine half-century while skipper Sanwar weighted in with 36. Shamsur Rahman and gloveman Mushfiqur Rahim, played handy knocks lower down the order notching 39 and 23 respectively.

Left-arm tweaker Dabengwa was the pick of the bowlers for the home side finishing with five for 19 off 4.5 overs.

Chasing 210 for victory, Zimbabwe 'A' romped home with six overs remaining. Terrence Duffin and Gregory Strydom gave the hosts a perfect platform at the top of the order scoring 43 and 46 respectively.

However, it was the 71-run sixth wicket stand Dabengwa and Mluleki Nkala that proved the difference between the two sides and took them on the road to victory. Dabengwa was unconquered on precisely 50.

Fast bowler Shahadat Hossain Rajib was most successful Bangladesh 'A' bowler with three for 38 in his share of ten overs while Wasel Uddin and Enamul Haque took one each.

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