31 October 2009
Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in the third one-day international at the Shere Bangla National Stadium to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series on Saturday. Chasing a target of 197, half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful helped the Tigers get home with 9.2 overs to spare.
Opening batsman Tamim blazed 80 off 72 balls, including 10 fours and two sixes, to get the innings off to a flying start. He shared a 98-run stand with Ashraful, who struck 63 off 91 deliveries, for the second wicket before Bangladesh middle-order wobbled from 175-2 to 194-6. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Naeem Islam settled the nerves of the hosts and Bangladesh managed a 4 wicket win to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Earlier, putting to bat by Bangladesh, Zimbabwe started their innings well as stand-in captain Hamilton Masakadza scored 84 to become the third man to reach 1,000 one-day runs in 2009. Masakadza, who raced to his half-century off 36 balls, received little support from his team mates, with the next highest score Charles Coventry's 29.
Bangladesh spinners again strangled the tourists and spinner Enamul Haque, who replaced Dollar Mahmud for this match grabbed 3 wickets for 45 runs, while the lone seamer Nazmul Hossain claimed 3-13.
The final two matches of the 5 match GrameenPhone series will be held in Chittagong on November 3 and 5.
Score: Zimbabwe 196 in 41.1 overs (H. Masakadza 84) v Bangladesh 198-6 in 40.4 overs (Tamim Iqbal 80, Mohammad Ashraful 63)