Bangladesh top in Tri-nation series beating Zimbabwe by 91 runs

Bangladesh top in Tri-nation series beating Zimbabwe by 91 runs

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Dhaka – Bangladesh remained atop of the Tri-nation series table with three successive victories after crushing Zimbabwe by 91 runs in the 5th match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur on Tuesday.Zimbabwe’s fate of the final berth remained on the results of the next match between Bangladesh — already a finalist– and Sri Lanka. If, the Lankans can manage a win against the host side at the same venue on Thursday (January 25), they will go to play the final against the same side on Saturday (January 27). In reveres results, the luck of the two bottom sides will be decided on the basis of their net run rate. Bangladesh started their campaign with an eight-wicket victory against Zimbabwe and found Sri Lanka for a record 163-run victory before the day’s win for their all-win 15 points from three games.The Zimbabweans managed a12-run win against Sri Lanka, but found themselves into a risk of final berth confirmation, losing the next game by five wickets against the same side, before the day’s loss.In the day’s match, Bangladesh restricted Zimbabwe on 125/10 in 36.3 overs after posting posted 216/9 in 50 overs spurred with the 2nd wicket stand of 106 off 25 overs between the two half centurions – man of the match Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.With the day’s score of 76 runs, Tamim has crossed the 6,000th runs in ODI for Bangladesh, aggregating 6,010 runs from 177 matches.Meanwhile, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza set up another record with the day’s win as he has become the most win getter as ODI captain of Bangladesh, leading his side in 53 matches for 30th victory against 21 losses while the remaining two matches had seen no results.In the Zimbabwean innings, Sikandar Raza, who was bowled out by Mustafizur Rahman on 107/8 in 32.3 overs, scored the team highest 39 off 59 balls, including four boundaries and one six, for Zimbabwean while skipper Graeme Cremer (23 off 31b; 3×4), Peter Moor (14 off 42b; 1×4), Craig Ervine (11 off 15b; 2×4) and Kyle Jarvis (10 off 19b; 1×4) were the other double digit scorers for the side.All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan captured three wickets for 34 runs in nine overs while Cutter master Mustafizur Rahman, Sunzamul Islam and skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza bagged two wickets for 16, 28 and 29 runs in 6.3, 10 and six overs respectively.In the Bangladesh innings, Tamim, who hit successive 84 twice in the last two matches, played an innings of 76 off 105 balls, including six boundaries, while Shakib 51 off 80 balls, including six boundaries, for his 2nd successive half century in the series after 67 in the last match against Sri Lanka.
The Tigers’ suffered an early jolt, losing Anamul Haque on 6/1 in 2.1 overs form where Tamim and Shakib started their 2nd pair contribution, which ended on 112/2 in 27.1 overs as Shakib was caught behind by Brendon Taylor off Sikandar Raza.Tamim continued with Mushfiqur Rahim (18 off 25b; 1×6) and Mahmudullah in the 3rd and 4th wicket stands before being caught behind by Taylor off skipper Graeme Cremer on 163/5 in 38.1 overs.After the dismissal of Tamim, slow left arm orthodox bowler Sunzamul Islam (19 off 24b; 3×6) and cutter master Mustafizur Rahman(18* off 22b; 2×4) were the other double digit scorers, while another pace bowler Rubel Hossain added unbeaten 8* off 4 balls with a six in the end.Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Cremer rattled Bangladesh’s batting castle throughout the innings taking wickets in a gradual interval on his way to four wickets – -Tamim, Mushfiqur, skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Sunzamul — for an economic 32 runs in 10 overs.Kyle Jarvis got three for 42 in nine overs, while Tendai Chatara and Sikandar Raza took one wicket each for 33 and 39 runs in seven and 10 overs respectively.Keeper Taylor assisted Chatara, Jarvis and Raza behind the stumps well with four catches.UNB news agency

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