B'desh ovewhelm Zimbabwe to clinch series

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Published: Monday, December 13, 2010, 11:07 [IST]
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B'desh ovewhelm Zimbabwe to take series

Any hopes Zimbabwe had of squaring the one-day series against hosts' Bangaldesh were wiped out by destructive bowling spells from paceman Mashrafe Mortaza and spinner Shakib Al Hasan, before opening batsman Tamim Iqbal proved instrumental in taking his side to victory in the fifth and final one-dayer at Chittagong. Thus, Bangladesh took the series 3-1 with Iqbal winning Man of the Match and Abdur Razzak snatching the Man of the Series award for his 13 wickets.

Zimbabwe failed to conquer its woes at the top of the order which has hampered the side throughout the tournament. After opening batsman Brendon Taylor was run out for a duck thanks to a sharp bit of fielding from Suhrawadi Shuvo, speedster Mashrafe Mortaza removed the other opener Hamilton Mazakadza and one-down bat Keith Dabengwa for single digits via some accurate leg-befores. The visitors were in dire straights at 3 for 21 in 10.1 overs.

It was then upto Craig Ervine and Tatenda Taibu to rebuild. They took on the challenge, but batted slowly, taking their side to 116 in the 39th over when Shakib al Hasan had Ervibne caught behind for a watchful 46 of 100 balls. Taibu and captain Elton Chigumbura tried to revive the flagging run-rate before the latter went to Hasan in the 47th over with the score on 152. The same bowler ensnared Taibu for 64 off 104 in the 49th over with Proper Utseya and Regis Chakabva contributing small but pacy innings to help Zimbabwe finish on 188/6 in 50 overs.

As Bangladesh's innings took off, Zimbabwe got an early breakthrough with Chris Mpofu getting Imrul Kayes caught behind in the first over with the score at 3. But then Tamim Iqbal and one-down batsman Junaid Siddique steadied the ship and put on 136 runs for the second wicket, before Iqbal fell to Keith Dabengwa just 5 short of a century. But he had put the home-side well on the course for victory.

However, Bangladesh encountered a slight stutter when Graeme Cremer got Raqibul Hasan out for a duck making the score 139/3 in 29.4 overs. Then captain Shakib Al Hasan joined forces with Siddique to take their side to within sight of a win when Ray Price accounted for the wicket of Hasan for 11. Mushfiquar Rahim and Siddique were able to make the required 17 runs without any sweat and Bangladesh had romped home by 6 wickets with 7 overs to spare.

Zimbabwe will no doubt be disappointed with the way they fared in the 5-match series, especially after winning the tour-opener at Dhaka. Craig Ervine turned out to the be the most successful batsman for Zimbabwe with a cumulative of 134 runs from 4 matches, but Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal was the highest run-scorer of the series with 162 runs. Ray Price and Chris Mpofu were the most incisive of the Zimbabwe bowlers picking up 6 wickets each, but they were far behind Abdur Razzak who took a total of 13 scalps with a stunning average of 8.92 and an economy rate of 2.94.


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