Harare, Aug 20: In the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe of their current tour, Bangladesh succeeded in pulling one back, winning by six wickets with 80 balls to spare and making the series score 1-3. Despite a century from Zimbabwe captain and opener Brendan Taylor, Bangladesh managed to bowl out the hosts for 199 in 48.2 overs with seamer Rubel Hossain taking 4/31. In reply, Bangladesh harnessed a forceful star with sizable middle-order innings to chase down the target in the 37th over.
Putting Zimbabwe into bat, Bangladesh buckled down to attacking the hosts' top order as best they could. Visu Sibanda's departure for 18 with score at 40/1 triggered a top-order slide as Zimbabwe slipped to 89/4 in 21.4 overs. Brendon Taylor continued to hold the innings together while Elton Chigumbura pitched in with 31 and Malcolm Waller added 12, but the rest of he order only came up with ducks and single digits. The Bangladeshi spinners completed the hosts destruction with a wicket apiece before Zimbabwe folded for 199.
Bangladesh chase began in a robust manner with opener Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes putting on 46 in 4.4 overs before the latter was ensnared by Chris Mpofu for 28 of 20 balls. However, Iqbal kept up the momentum and with Junnaid Siddiqui took the score to 72 in 10 overs when Siddique was sent back by spinner Prosper Utseya. Tamim fell next for 61 off 53 balls, to Ray Price, the off-break. Then after Mushfiqur Rahim departed for 16, captain Shakib al Hasan joined forces with Shuvagoto Hom and with steady 30s from each batsmen, Bangladesh romped home.