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09 September 201021:54

Classic ODI matches at CWC 2011 venues - Chittagong

Here's a look at five classic matches at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium over the years

Classic ODI matches at CWC 2011 venues - Chittagong - Cricket News

Graeme Smith sweeps the ball.

A relatively new international venue, the Chittagong Divisional Stadium will play host to two matches in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, including Bangladesh's meeting with England on March 11.

Here we look back at five classic matches at the venue.

Sri Lanka spoil the party

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 78 runs in the first ODI played at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium in February 2006, the deciding fixture in a three-match series. Kumar Sangakkara hit 109 as the visitors amassed 309-7. Wickets fell regularly in Bangladesh's reply with only Mohammad Ashraful (64) hitting more than 30.

Aussies made to sweat

Bangladesh fought hard against a star-studded Australian side in April 2006 before going down by four wickets. At 96-0 in reply to 196, the visitors seemed likely to begin the three-match series with a comfortable win. Adam Gilchrist's dismissal for a 46-ball 76 then triggered the loss of three wickets for 13 runs. Another wobble saw the Aussies lose another three wickets for 41 before Mike Hussey (36 not out) got his team home.

Tamim upstaged by Smith

Tamim Iqbal served notice of the batting fireworks that lay ahead in his career with his highest ODI score to date of 82 from 98 balls against South Africa in March 2008. Unfortunately no other Bangladesh batsman could surpass 15 as they were bowled out for 178. South Africa captain Graeme Smith made light of the run-chase with 103 not out in a nine-wicket victory with 13.1 overs.

Zimbabwe humbled

Bangladesh clinched their five-match ODI series with Zimbabwe by humiliating their opponent in the fourth encounter at Chittagong in November 2009. After choosing to bat, Zimbabwe never recovered from 8-4 as they eventually stumbled to 44 ? the fifth lowest ODI score of all-time, yet only their third lowest.

Not surprisingly, all of Bangladesh's four-man attack fared well but opening bowler Nazmul Hossain's early strikes earned him the man-of-the-match award for his 2-10 off six overs.

Bangladesh did lose four wickets in their run-chase but got home with an incredible 229 balls remaining.

Taylor century in vain

Zimbabwe looked set to atone for their embarrassing loss at the same venue two days earlier when they had Bangladesh 187-9 needing 222. Naeem Islam (73 not out) then hit his side to victory with four sixes in the final Powerplay ? including three successive maximums off Chamu Chibhabha in the 48th over. Brendon Taylor (118 not out) had earlier dominated Zimbabwe's innings, with the next highest score 38.