18 August 2009
Dollar Mahmud ripped through the Zimbabwe top order to ensure a modest target and Mushfiqur Rahim made a calm 98 to chase the target with ease as Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by 5 wickets in the 5th and final ODI to take the GrameenPhone series by 4-1 margin. Chasing a victory target of 209 in the dead rubber match at Bulawayo today, Bangladesh had little difficulty to win the match with 13 balls to spare.
Mushfiqur Rahim, who was promoted to the opening position, held the innings together after Bangladesh lost a couple of early wickets. He played some flamboyant strokes and shared vital partnerships with Raqibul Hasan and skipper Shakib Al Hasan.
He eventually fell two short of a deserving maiden ton, when he charged down the wicket and got stumped, but Bangladesh were well on course of victory with only 11 needed.
Earlier, opting to bat first, Zimbabwe failed to recover from a poor start, succumbing to the swing and seam bowling of Bangladesh new ball bowlers. They dropped to 9-2 after Charles Coventry went for a duck in the wake of his record knock of 194 in the previous ODI.
Bangladesh kept the pressure on and Zimbabwe slumped to 69-6 with Dolar Mahmud taking 4-28 in his opening spell of 8 overs. Brendan Taylor resurrected the Zimbabwe innings with a calm 61 and late heroics from Ray Price (46) propelled them above 200 mark, but it was never enough to challenge a confident Bangladesh side who were determined to end the series on a high.