Bangladesh clinched the win against Zimbabwe by 91 runs after bundling them out for 125 runs in a 217-run chase in Dhaka. Zimbabwe had a dismal start to the chase as they lost first three wickets for 20 runs. Later, Peter Moor and Sikandar Raza chipped in with some runs as the two scored a partnership of 34 runs for the fifth wicket but it didn’t really help Graeme Creme’s side as they lost wickets on regular intervals only to get bowled out for 125 runs. For Bangladesh, it was Shakib Al Hasan who bagged three wickets while Mashrafe Mortaza, Sunzamul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman scalped two apiece.
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 5th ODI
1815 hrs IST: IT’s ALL OVER for Zimbabwe as they lose the last one. The visitors have been bundled out for 125 after Mustafizur bagged the final wicket of Jarvis. The left-arm quicker bowler has his second of the match
1810 hrs IST: WICKET! Another one goes down and it’s Shakib Al Hasan who has provided the hosts with the breakthrough. Chatara departs for 8 as Zimbabwe are reduced to 118/9
1805 hrs IST: 35 overs gone and Zimbabwe need 100 more runs while Bangladesh are a couple of wickets away from winning it
1754 hrs IST: OUT! Sikandar Raza is bowled by the Fizz. This will end all hopes for Zimbabwe.
1734 hrs IST: OUT! Graeme Cremer departs. Rubel Hossain picks bags his wicket. Zimbabwe are in trouble.
1714 hrs IST: GONE! The resistance ends, Peter Moore becomes the first of the day to fall to Sunzamul Islam.
1656 hrs IST: Zimbabwe have stemmed the flow of wickets but the flipside is that the flow of runs has got a similar treatment. Mustafizur has bowled three overs so far and is yet to give away a single run!
1636 hrs IST: Zimbabwe pull themselves beyond the 50-run mark. Mustafizur Rahman has just been introduced into the attack.
1620 hrs IST: GONE! Craig Ervine is next to depart, Zimbabwe are unravelling here. Mashrafe Mortaza is the man with the wicket
1610 hrs IST: WICKETS all around for Bangladesh. First it was Mire and then the biggie, Brendan Taylor. Shakib Al Hasan took both scalps and he is on a hat-trick the next time he bowls
1606 hrs IST: Zimbabwe have lost a wicket and are somehow fencing out the Bangladeshi bowlers. Mire tried relieving some of that with a big hit and almost fell to a catch.
1541 hrs IST: Henry Mazakadza and Solomon Mire open the batting for Zimbabwe, Shakib Al Hasan starts the Bangladeshi defence
1517 hrs IST: Bangladesh ended their innings on 216/9. It looked like they were primed for a 250-plus total early on in the innings but Zimbabwe fought back admirably. Captain Graeme Cremer led the effort taking four wickets. Kyle Jarvis followed suit with three. There will be a lot of furrowed brows in the Bangladeshi dressing room, and in the Sri Lankan camp.
1415 hrs IST: Bangladesh have fizzed out after that partnership between Shakib and Tamim. They are now 175/8 with Mustafizur and Sunzamul in the middle.
1309 hrs IST: GONE! And they do get one. Shakib Al Hasan has been dismissed for 51 by Sikandar Raza. Shakib comes down the pitch and is unable to get a hold of it. Brendon Taylor makes no mistakes behind the stumps
1307 hrs IST: 50 for Shakib Al Hasan. He and Tamim have given no quarter for Zimbabwe, who desperately need a wicket at the moment
1255 hrs IST: 100 up for Bangladesh and it has come in less than 25 overs. Shakib and Tamim still in the middle. Tamim’s career total in ODIs played at the Shere Bangla stadium is now 2517 which is the highest for any batsman in a single venue
1230 hrs IST: There has been no luck for Zimbabwe since that early wicket of Anamul Haque. Shakib and Tamim have kept a steady pace to the Bangladesh innings and they are now 75/1
1203 hrs IST: Shakib and Tamim have not let that early ripple affect them too much. They are now pacing the innings well and have taken Bangladesh to 33/1
1147 hrs IST: Shakib Al-Hasan replaces Anamul in the middle. Jarvis and Tendai Chatara are still running in for Zimbabwe. It has been a shaky start for the the hosts but the two are looking steady at the moment
1132 hrs IST: GONE! Early winnings for Zimbabwe, Kyle Jarvis swings one in and traps Anamul Haque LBW
1115 hrs IST: Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat first. It is quite a strange place to be for Bangladesh. They are sitting pretty at the top of this table of three with 10 points and are thus into the final with two games left to play. Normally, they are out of the tournament with two games remaining to play and so, this is nothing less than an indicator of their rising stature in limited overs cricket. It is also an indicator of the fall of Sri Lanka who have to now hope for a favourable result from this match and a win in the next to reach the final.
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