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Zimbabwe brought down to earth

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Bangladesh tore apart the form book to upset a buoyant Zimbabwe side by six wickets to revive their campaign in the Pran RFL Triangular Series at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

All-rounder Nasir Hossain top-scored for Bangladesh with 41 runs from just 31 deliveries to steer the Tigers to 153 for four in 17, 3 overs in reply to Zimbabwe’s 149 for eight to complete a six-wicket win with 15 balls to spare.

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim also chipped in with 31 off 23 balls as Zimbabwe’s bowling department struggled to replicate their performance against the Proteas.

The Tigers went into yesterday’s match chasing their first win of the series while the home side was still basking in the glory of their shock win over South Africa the previous day.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor won the toss for the third consecutive time in the series and elected to bat first.

Hamilton Masakadza cruised to his third consecutive half century of the series with his 56 off 54 balls which included five fours and a six. Taylor (27 off 13) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (27 off 23) made the only other notable contributions as Zimbabwe lost wickets at regular intervals to eventually settle for a non-competitive total.

Bangladesh openers Mohammad Ashraful and the returning Tamim Iqbal got the visitors to a flying start plundering 25 runs in the first two overs before the former was clean-bowled by Kyle Jarvis for 19 runs from 10 balls.

Bangladesh looked to be on the ropes after losing three wickets for just 27 runs before an unbeaten 54-run fifth wicket stand between Hossain and a fluent 21 runs of 14 balls from Mahmudullah took the visitors home.

Zimbabwe still lead the standing on eight points from three matches and their passage to the final will be guaranteed if South Africa beat Bangladesh today.
Both teams are on four points although South Africa are in second place because of a superior net run rate.

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