A magnificent batting display by opener Tamim Iqbal followed Shakib Al Hasan’s brilliant all-round show as Bangladesh maintained their winning run in the Rocket triangular series beating Zimbabwe by 91 runs in their 5th ODI held on Tuesday at Sher-e-bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur.
Chasing a winning target of 217 runs set by Bangladesh, Zimbabwe found the chase stiff losing wickets in regular intervals and finally dismissed at 125 in 36.3 overs.
With the day’s win, Bangladesh dominate top of the table with 15 points while Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka have equal four points each but Zimbabwe have better run rate then Sri Lanka who must have to win their last match against Bangladesh with better run rate to ensure their final berth.
Zimbabwe suffered early batting jolt as Mashrafe Mortaza sent back to opener Hamlinton Masakadza for 5 while Shakib Al Hasan dismissed Solomon Mire for 7.
Wicket keeper Brendon Tailor returned to the dressing room without disturbing the score board being trapped leg before wicket by Shakib while Crag Ervine (11) fell to Mortaza, leaving Zimbabwe in a deep trouble.
Zimbabwe desperately needed a solid partnership in this crucial stage to rebuild their innings but they failed to build any effective partnership in the face of tight bowling display by the Tigers’ bowlers.
Skipper Graeme (23) failed to take the team’s responsibility being trapped leg before wicket off pacer Rubel Hossain delivery.
Middle order batsman Sikandar Raza (39), the top scorer of Zimbabwe innings, kept his wicket intact, but he hardly got any support from other end and eventually being clean bowled off pacer Mustafizur Rahman’s delivery.
Shakib got his three wickets dismissing Tendai Chaatara for 8 while Mustafizur put an end of Bangladesh innings taking the Zimbabwe’s last wicket of Kyle Jarvis.
Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of Bangladesh bowler as he claimed three wicket for 34 runs while Mustafizur Rahman, Sunjamul Islam and Mashrafe Mortaza shared two wickets each conceding 16, 28 and 29 runs respectively.
Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh was named the player of the match for his impressive batting performance.
Earlier, Bangladesh already confirmed their final spot in the tournament and now they will play against Sri Lanka in the their last appearance in the series scheduled to be held on Thursday (January 25) at the same venue.
Earlier, skipper Graeme Cremer and Kyle Jarvis produced fierce bowling spells as Zimbabwe restricted Bangladesh at 216 for 9 from their allotted 50 overs, after Bangladesh opted to bat first.
Pacer Kyle Jarvis brought early breakthrough for Zimbabwe as he send back off-form batsman Anamul Haque for 1. Shakib then joined to inform batsman Tamim Iqbal and the duo shared a commanding 106-run second wickets stand to take Bangladesh to a comfortable position.
When the two set Tigers’ batsmen were snatching the momentum for Zimbabwe, Sikandar Raza again struck on Bangladesh innings removing Shakib who scored 51 runs off 80 balls that studded with six boundaries. The ace all-rounder who was the hero of Bangladesh’s previous two matches’ victories, attempted to lift the ball over the bowler’s head but deceived by the spin and the ball turned away from his bat, and the keeper Brendon Taylor stumped him with ease.
Wicket keeper Mushfiqur Rahim (18) then came to crease, but also lasted a little as he tried to sweep but the ball takes the top edge deceiving by the pace in the air, and it’s caught by Blessing Muzarabani at short fine leg.
After the departure of Mushfiq, Bangladesh’s batting order dramatically collapsed as Bangladesh lost four quick wickets in span of 23 runs.
Apart from Tamim Iqbal’s responsible 76-run, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza and Sunzamul Islam all failed to reach the double figure in the face of tight bowling display by the Zimbabwe bowlers.
The Southpaw opener Tamim, continued his prolific form in the series, and once again showed his class scoring the third half centuries in a row in the series, composed well knock of 76-run off 105-ball, an innings that studded with six delightful boundaries before he fell to Cremer.
Later, Sunzamul Islam (19)and Mustafizur Rahman (18 n.o) took the team’s total past to over two hundred runs landmark.
Graeme Cremer, the wrecker-in chief, caused the major damage as he grabbed four Tigers’ wickets conceding 32 runs. He was well supported by pacer Kyle Jarvis who scalped three wickets giving away 42 runs.
Brief score Bangladesh – 216 for 9 in 50 overs, Tamim 76, Shakib 51, Sunzamul 19,Mustafizur 18 n.o, Mushfiqur 18, Cremer 4/32 and Jarvis 3/42. Zimbabwe – 125 for all in 36.3 overs, Sikandar 39, Cremer 23, Peter 14, Ervine 11, Shakib 3/34, Mustafizur 2/16, Sunzamul 2/28 and Mashrafe 2/29 Result – Bangladesh won by 91 runs.