Bangladesh 198-6 (Tamim Iqbal 80) beat
Zimbabwe 196 (Masakadza 84, Nazmul Hossain 3-13) by four wickets
Third One-Day International, Mirpur
Bangladesh eased to a four-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the third One-Day International in Mirpur to take a 2-1 lead in the three-match series.
Nazmul Hossain and Enamul Haque took three wickets apiece as Bangladesh bowled Zimbabwe out for 196 and half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Ashraful ensured that Bangladesh's spin-heavy line-up prevailed.
The series was locked at 1-1 and despite Hamilton Masakadza's boundary-filled 84, Zimbabwe were again unable to post a competitive score, spun out by the Bangladeshi bowlers, of whom Nazmul was the only paceman picked.
He picked up figures of three for 13 with left-arm spinner Haque returning three for 45 with the other four wickets shared between Abdur Razzak (2-41), Naeem Islam (1-13) and Mahmudullah (1-35) and the rest of the 41.1 overs bowled by Shakib Al Hasan and Ashraful.
Masakadza hit 12 fours and a six in just 79 balls but the next best score for Zimbabwe was Charles Coventry's 27.
At the interval, Bangladesh raced to 54 for one, losing the wicket of opener Junaid Siddique, caught by Justice Chibhaba off of Kyle Jarvis for five.
Tamim (80) and Ashraful (63) then put on 98 for the second wicket to virtually put Zimbabwe out of the game and although both fell to spin, Zimbabwe did not have enough runs to play with and three for 38 from Kyle Jarvis was an impressive effort, but it merely delayed the inevitable, the Tigers roaring home in the 41st over.
The series now moves on to Chittagong for the final two matches on 3rd and 5th November.
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