Dhaka - Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan smashed a half-century and claimed
three wickets as Bangladesh thrashed Zimbabwe by 91 runs in a tri-nation
one-day international (ODI) tournament in Dhaka on Tuesday.
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.
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
Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer claimed four wickets to
restrict Bangladesh to a modest 216-9 despite a strong start provided by
The left-handed 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.
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.
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, (by) hitting the ball along the ground, (they) gave themselves a chance," said Jarvis.
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.
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.
still has a chance to join Bangladesh in the final on January 27
provided the hosts beat Sri Lanka by a good margin in the final league
game on Thursday.