Zimbabwe 312-8 (Coventry 194no) v Bangladesh
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Fourth One-Day International, Bulawayo
Charles Coventry thumped a national record unbeaten 194 as Zimbabwe hammered the Bangladesh bowlers for 312 for eight in the fourth One-Day International in Bulawayo.
Taking full advantage of a batting Power Play in the final five overs, Coventry motored past the previous record of 172, set by Craig Wishart against Namibia in 2003, to finish on 194 in 156 balls having hit 16 fours and seven sixes, batting for all but 11 balls of the innings and but for a flurry of wickets at the death, he would have been eyeing up the first double-century in ODI cricket.
Zimbabwe trail 2-1 in the five-match series but Coventry's extraordinary innings has given them a strong chance of levelling and forcing a decider on Tuesday.
Also heavily involved in givnig the Bangladesh bowlers and captain Shakib Al Hasan headaches were Stuart Matsikenyeri (37), Hamilton Masakadza (21) and Elton Chigumbura (15) but they were completely overshadowed by Coventry.
He made sure his maiden ODI century was a big one, and not only does he now stand clear on the list of Zimbabwean high scorers, he equalled the score made by Saaed Anwar in Chennai in 1997, although Coventry's feat of remaining unbeaten will put him above the great Pakistani in the archives.
Enamul Haque just about survived to return two for 51 while there was also two wickets for Mahbubul Alam, and one apiece for Syed Rasel, Mohammad Ashraful and Naeem Islam.
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