Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan smashed a half-century and claimed three wickets as Bangladesh thrashed Zimbabwe by 91 runs in the tri-nation one-day international tournament in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Chasing 217 for victory, Zimbabwe were bundled out for 125 off 36.3 overs after Shakib took 3-34 with his left-arm spin for the hosts.
Shakib and opener Tamim Iqbal, who top-scored with 76, set up the win as they shared 106 runs for the second wicket after Bangladesh elected to bat first.
Zimbabwe skipper, Graeme Cremer, claimed four wickets to restrict Bangladesh to a modest 216-9 despite a strong start provided by Tamim.
The lefthanded Tamim registered his third half-century in as many matches, becoming the first Bangladeshi to amass 6 000 ODI runs in the process. He was also named Man of the Match.
Bangladesh collapsed from 147-2 to 170-8 with paceman Kyle Jarvis grabbing three wickets for 42 runs.
“It was a difficult wicket to bat on. Seamers were also getting support from the wicket. We thought that scoring above 200 would give us chance to win the match,” said Tamim.
“Today number 9, 10 and 11 batsmen provided nearly 50 runs for us and that made the difference,” he added.
Number-10 batsman, Mustafizur Rahman, struck an unbeaten 18 to take Bangladesh past the 200-run mark and complete their full quota of 50 overs.
Zimbabwe’s Jarvis credited the batting effort of Shakib and Tamim.
“The way Tamim and Shakib batted, hitting the ball along the ground, [they] gave themselves a chance,” said Jarvis.
“They got some runs. That’s what we needed; we needed two or three batters to get in and give themselves a chance. We let ourselves down big time, we should never have been bowled out for 125.”
Zimbabwe were dealt early blows as Shakib and Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza tore through the opposition top order.
They were unable to overcome the damage despite middle-order batsman Sikandar Raza’s gritty 39 off 59 balls – the highest of the innings.
Mustafizur (2-16) ended the resistance of Raza, who dragged a short-pitched delivery onto his stumps.
Mortaza and left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam also took two wickets each.
Zimbabwe still has a chance to join Bangladesh in the final on 27 January, provided the hosts beat Sri Lanka by a good margin in the final league game on Thursday.Advertisement
BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunzamul Islam
ZIMBABWE: Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer (capt), Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani