Bangladesh produced an all-round display to beat Zimbabwe in the 4th match of the Tri-series played at Zahur Chaudhary Ahmed Stadium, Chattagroam on Wednesday. With this win, the hosts have earned their spot in the finals against Afghanistan to be played on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza won the toss and decided to bowl first. Liton Das provided a flying start to the hosts putting pressure on Zimbabwe bowling line up with aggressive stroke play. As things were looking dangerous for Zimbabwe, Karl Jarvis got the breakthrough dismissing Najimul Hossain Shanto for 11. Shanto and Liton Das added 49 runs in 4.5 overs. Soon after, Liton Das was also dismissed with a brilliant catch by Madziva running back. At the end of 6 overs, Bangladesh scored 55 for 2.
Shakib AL Hasan poor form in the tournament continued as he was dismissed cheaply again for 10 by Ryan Burl. The experienced pair of Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah played with positive intent taking on Zimbabwe bowlers. Mahmudullah showed his class and added 78 runs for the 4th wicket. Rahim was dismissed for 32 off 26 balls. Mahmudullah reached his fifty off 37 balls and got out for 62. Bangladesh posted 175 for 7 in 20 overs. Karl Jarvis took 3 for 32, Mpofu took 2 for 42.
Chasing the target of 176 runs to win, it was an ideal start to the Zimbabwean innings as Brendon Taylor was dismissed in the 1st by Saifuddin. Bangladesh bowlers dismissed Chakabva, Sean Williams to leave Zimbabwe in tatters at 8 for 3. Hamilton Masakadza played some lovely strokes and tried to put Bangladesh bowlers under pressure. At the end of 6 overs, Zimbabwe were 34 for 3.
The Bangladeshi bowlers kept on picking wickets at regular intervals and reduced Bangladesh to 66 for 7. Mutumbami and Karl Jarvis put on a resemblance of a fight for Zimbabwe putting on 58 runs for the 8th wicket. Mutumbami reached his 50 off 30 balls and was dismissed on 54. Zimbabwe was bowled out for 136 in 20 overs.
Bangladesh 175 for 7 in 20 overs (Mahmudullah 62, Karl Jarvis 3/32, Mpofu 2/42) beat Zimbabwe 136 in 20 overs ( Mutumbami 54, Shaiful Islam 3/36, Aminul Islam 2/18) by 39 runs.
Zimbabwe will play their last league game against Afghanistan on 20th September.