28 November 2014
Bangladesh stutters before going 4-0 ahead
Crucial knocks from Mahmudullah, Rahim and Mortaza take host to 256/8 before bowlers stop Zimbabwe short
Mahmudullah made an unbeaten 82 from 112 balls with six fours, while Rahim was more aggressive during his 78-ball 77 as Bangladesh scored 256 for 8.
Opting to bat under favourable conditions, Bangladesh looked dodgy to begin with but eventually found its footing through Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim to reach a competitive 256 for 8 from 50 overs.
Mahmudullah made an unbeaten 82 from 112 balls with six fours, while Rahim was more aggressive during his 78-ball 77, studded with seven boundaries. Mashrafe Mortaza then hit four fours and two sixes in a dashing 39 off 25 balls towards the end to give the Bangladesh total added muscle.
Zimbabwe started all right but slipped to 60 for 3 by the 17th over before Taylor and Mire came up with a strong effort to keep it in the hunt. At one point, Zimbabwe needed 85 runs from 15 overs with five wickets in hand, but a win continued to elude it as it finished its innings on 235 for 8.
Taylor made a 69-ball 63 with seven fours while Mire scored his second successive half-century from 54 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes.
While Zimbabwe must be wondering how it squandered the game from such a strong position, Bangladesh must hope for a better start from its top-order batsmen in the final game, to be played at the same venue on Monday.
Earlier, Bangladesh was four wickets down with only 32 runs on board as Mire and Neville Madziva picked up two wickets apiece. Mahmudullah and Rahim got together with a stiff task on their hands and they delivered by adding 134 runs for the fifth wicket. Bangladesh lost a couple more wickets in quick succession after that but a stellar finish from Mortaza was just what it needed to cap off its innings.
Zimbabwe’s start was better in comparison but it was the stand between Taylor and Mire that would have made it believe that it could pull this one off. The duo dominated the bowling before Mire fell to Jubair Hossain and Rubel Hossain sent back Taylor.
Regis Chakabva, with a 34-ball 26, looked like he might take Zimbabwe close, if not over the line, but once Rubel sent him back in the 47th over, it was all over.
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