Bangladesh Take Series Lead With 65-Run Win
Bangladesh 246-7 (Shakib Al Hasan 73) beat
Zimbabwe 181 (Utseya 67) by 65 runs
Third One-Day International, Mirpur
Bangladesh moved into a 2-1 series lead over Zimbabwe after a 65-run win in the third One-Day International in Mirpur after a solid all-round performance saw them outplay their opponents.
Batting first, half-centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim saw them post 246 for seven and four wickets apiece for Abdur Razzak and Shafiul Islam bowled Zimbabwe out for 181 in reply.
They slumped to 47 for six in the 19th over and although they rallied, Prosper Utseya making 67, they never seriously threatened to reach their target.
Bangladesh hadn't made the best of starts themselves, losing four wickets for 71 before Shakib (73) and Mushfiqur (63) revived the innings with a crucial 116-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Utseya, captaining Zimbabwe in the absence of Elton Chigumbura, also led the way with the ball as he took four for 38.
Razzak, Islam and Mashrafe Mortaza (1-20) then tore into Zimbabwe's batting, leaving them floundering before Utseya hit a measured 67 in 101 balls, being well supported by Graeme Cremer, who made the next best score of 24.
Razzak returned four for 14, taking his tally of the wickets in the series for 13, while Islam recorded a career-best in all one-day cricket of four for 41.
The fourth match is on 10th December in Chittagong.
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