Zimbabwe defeat Bangladesh to clinch series

Tatenda Taibu scored 83 including eight boundaries to claim his 20th ODI half-century AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Harare: Aug 16, 2011

Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in thriller to clinch their first ODI series win over a Test playing nation in five years. Chasing 251, Bangladesh were bowled out for 245 in the third ODI at Harare sports club on Tuesday.

Mushfiqur Rahim scored a gusty 104, which turned out to be insufficient to take the visitors past the finish line.

Prosper Utseya was the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe finishing with figures of three for 47.

Earlier, a third-wicket partnership of 142 between Tatenda Taibu and Hamilton Mazakadza for Zimbabwe helped the home side set Bangladesh 251.

Taibu scored 83 including eight boundaries to claim his 20th ODI half-century while Masakadza hit 74 with two sixes and four fours for his 17th 50.

Zimbabwe had been put into bat by Shakib Al Hassan, who won the toss for the first time on the tour.

Brendan Taylor was out for four runs, his third successive failure but Vusi Sibanda began a recovery with a patient 27.

Zimbabwe consequently managed only 22 runs in the first 10 overs and were 60/2 after 20 overs. But in the next 20, Taibu and Masakadza scattered the fielders with another 116 runs, almost doubling the run rate.

Craig Ervine and Elton Chigumbura went after the bowling as well in the final stages, scoring 18 and 31 respectively, the latter facing only 21 balls for his contribution in which he hit two sixes.

As Taibu tried with abandon to reach his hundred he was caught on the boundary and wickets fell in quick succession during the last two overs.

Bangladesh batsmen face a run chase at just above five runs per over. If they fail they will have lost the series. (AFP)

Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 250 for 7 in 50 overs (Tatenda Taibu 83, Hamilton Masakadza 74; Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 46, Nazmul Hossain 1 for 34) beat Bagnladesh 245 all-out in 49.2 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 101, Tammin Iqbal 44; Prosper Utseya 3 for 47, Chris Mpofu 2 for 43) by 5 runs

Man of the Match: Mushfiqur Rahim

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