Bangladesh maintain unbeaten streak in tri-series after trouncing Zimbabwe by 91 runs

Tamim Iqbal continued his impressive run
Tamim Iqbal continued his impressive run

Bangladesh 216-9 (Tamim 76) beat
Zimbabwe 125 (Shakib 3-34) by 91 runs
Fifth One-Day International in Dhaka

Tamim Iqbal scored his third consecutive half-century as Bangladesh registered bonus point victory over Zimbabwe to seal the top spot in the ongoing tri-series in Dhaka.

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first. Kyle Jarvis (3-42) provided the initial breakthrough when he trapped Anamul Haque (1) LBW in the third over.

In the sixth over, Shakib Al Hasan (51) survived a review call from Zimbabwe as Tendai Chatara (1-33) overstepped. Shakib though responded with three boundaries in the next two overs and Bangladesh ended the first powerplay with a score of 45 for one.

The 50-run stand between Shakib and Tamim (76) came in the 13th over and with a boundary in the 26th over, the latter completed his half-century and also the 100-run stand for the second wicket.

Sikandar Raza (1-39) provided some relief for the visitors when he had Shakib stumped but Mushfiqur Rahim (18) looked positive during his brief stay at the crease.

Tamim's 41st half-century came in the 28th over but Bangladesh let the advantage slip when Graeme Cremer (4-32) produced four wickets in quick succession.

The Zimbabwe captain accounted for Rahim, Mahmudullah (2), Tamim and Mashrafe Mortaza (0) while Jarvis removed Sabbir Rahman (6) and Nasir Hossain (2) before Sunzamul Islam (19) and Mustafizur Rahman (18) consolidated Bangladesh's total to 216 for nine in the 50 overs.

Shakib (3-34) carry forwarded the momentum into the second innings when he removed Solomon Mire (7) and Brendan Taylor (0) while Mashrafe Mortaza (2-29) had Hamilton Masakadza (5) and Craig Ervine (11) caught in the slips.

Zimbabwe were reduced to 34 for four and from there on they hardly recovered as Sunzamul (2-28), Mustafizur (2-16) and Rubel Hossain (1-18) also joined the wicket-taking act. The visitors were bowled out 125 as they slip to the third position in the table.

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