Friday, January 23, 2009

Bangladesh Clinched the ODI Series 2-1 against Zimbabwe

With a 4-wicekt victory in the final ODI of the series, Bangladesh ensured the series victory 2-1 today at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. Like the first two matches, the third ODI was also a low-scoring match and the team who bowled first was the ultimate winners. Heavy fog over the ground delayed the match, reducing the match to 37 overs. Zimbabwe batted first upon Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful decided to bowl first after winning the toss. That was proven right when his deputy Mashrafe Mortaza dismissed 3 top order Zimbabwean batmen early in the innings and that was the start of the struggle of Zimbabwean batsmen. Zimbabwe lost wickets regularly throughout their innings and managed only 119 on the board losing 9 wickets at the end of the allotted 37 overs. Shakib Al Hasan also picked up 3 lower order wickets of Zimbabwean innings. Sean Williams scored highest 38 runs off 46 balls for Zimbabwe.

Chasing a slim total, Bangladesh got off to a good start with 38 runs coming from the opening stand before opener Mehrab Hossain jnr got run out for 2 off 25 balls. His opening partner Tamim Iqbal started aggressively, pulling off a number of boundaries off the Zimbabwean pacers. He scored highest 34 runs of Bangladesh innings, guiding the home side towards the victory. Mohammad Ashraful and previous match’s half centurion Raqibul Hasan failed to capitalize the good start brought up by the openers as they got out for 3 and 14 respectively. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim remained not out on 33 and 20 runs respectively, ensuring 6-wicket victory for Bangladesh.

Though Shakib Al Hasan got three wickets and played an unbeaten innings of 33 runs, commentators awarded the man of the match award to Mashrafe Mortaza for his fiery bowling at the beginning of the Zimbabwean innings.

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