Harare, Aug 17: Zimbabwe snatched an astonishing victory over Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club here Tuesday to win their five-match ODI series three up and two to play. They got home with just four balls to spare, grabbing the final Bangladesh wicket with a boundary catch when the tourists needed only six runs to win themselves.
Zimbabwe, having been put into bat, made 250 for seven wickets down, with Bangladesh 245 all out in reply as darkness was closing in.
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor said afterwards: "This was absolutely awesome, the most exhilarating match of my life and the most dramatic for all Zimbabweans.
"I was never sure we had enough with our 250 runs effort and so it almost proved. It just shows that you never know in cricket. I am really proud of the team for sticking to their guns, not just in this match but for the entire tour so far."
A century in exactly 100 balls by Mushfuqur Rahim in a gallant attempt to get his Bangladeshis home was almost lost in the excitement. It was his first in internationals and he simply needed a good partner to achieve victory.
The match started in dismal fashion for Zimbabwe when Brendan Taylor was out for three runs, his third successive failure. Sibanda steadied his team with 26. But then came what turned out to be a winning partnership of 142 between Hamilton Mazakadza, who made 74 and Tatenda Taibu who scored 83.