Mehedy Hasan picks up three wickets after Mosaddek Hossain's unbeaten 83 to guide Bangladesh to the Plate final
An unbeaten half-century by Mosaddek Hossain took Bangladesh to 265 for 6 in its 50 overs. A flurry of wickets after a good start pegged Zimbabwe back and it eventually ending its 50 overs for 193 for 9.
Opting to bat, Bangladesh's top-order gave the team a great start, adding 141 for the first two wickets. Opener Shadam Islam scored a 53-ball 34, which placed him second in the run-scorers tally in the tournament, before being dismissed by Charles Kunje.
Joyraz Sheik went on to share a 77-stand with Litton Das (47 off 42) for the third wicket, in the process scoring his second half-century of the tournament. Bangladesh lost Das and Sheik (58) in successive overs, following which Mosaddek Hossain scored an unbeaten 66-ball 83. Despite Zimbabwe using as many as eight bowlers, it could not restrict Bangladesh from posting an imposing total.
Zimbabwe's openers got off to a slow start adding 47 in 15 overs before both were dismissed in successive overs. Mehedy Hasan bowled Tinashe Kamunhukamwe for 13, while Kunje was trapped lbw for 26.
Thereafter, Zimbabwe never managed to steady its chase as Bangladesh's bowlers struck at regular intervals. Captain Malcolm Lake (38) and Luke Jongwe (50) attempted to resurrect the innings after Zimbabwe was in trouble at 65 for 5 in under 23 overs.
Jongwe and Deven Bell shared another late partnership of 62 runs for the ninth wicket, but once Nihaduzzaman removed Jongwe, Zimbabwe’s chase fell through, reaching only 193.
Hasan finished with three wickets, while Mustafizur Rahman and Nihaduzzaman picked up two each.