12 December 2010
Bangladesh continued their dominance over Zimbabwe as they secured 5th consecutive series victory against their African opposition with a convincing 6 wicket victory in Chittagong today. Batting first Zimbabwe crawled to 188/6 in 50 overs after some disciplined bowling performance from the hosts. Tamim Iqbal was the main difference between the two sides as he hammered a stroke-filled 95 to guide Bangladesh chase and take the Tigers home with 7 overs to spare.
After losing Imrul Kayes in the very first over of Bangladesh innings, Tamim settled the nerves of the Tigers with a reassuring display of power strokes and shared a 136 run partnership with Zunaid Siddique. Tamim blasted 7 sixes and 5 boundaries in his 96 ball 95. Zunaid Siddique was more sedate in his approach and played second fiddle to Tamim with a patient 116 ball 56. He struck a solitary boundary in his nearly 3 hours stay in the middle.
Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first. They suffered immediate setback after Brendan Taylor failed to make the most out of a free-hit in the very first delivery of the innings and was brilliantly run-out by a direct hit from Sohrawardy Shuvo. Zimbabwe never managed to regain the momentum and opted for safety first approach on sluggish Chittagong wicket. After losing the top 3 batsmen within 21 runs, former captain Tatenda Taibu and left-handed middle order batsman Craig Ervine rescued Zimbabwe with a 95 run 4th wicket partnership. Taibu remained not out on 64 but Ervine perished 4 runs short of fifty.
Late order contributions from skipper Elton Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya lifted Zimbabwe to 188 but it was never enough to restrict an ever-improving Bangladesh batting line up on home soil. Shakib Al Hasan was wrecker-in-chief for Bangladesh with 3 wickets for 58 runs while Mashrafe Mortaza continued his impressive return from injury and bagged 2 wickets for 25 runs.
Tamim Iqbal was named man of the match for his match winning 95 while Abdur Razzak was adjudged man of the series for his 13 wickets at an average of 8.92. Bangladesh have no scheduled international cricket before the world cup on home soil in February-March 2011.