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Bangladesh Seal Series Despite Wobble

Bangladesh 121-4 (Tamim Iqbal 34) beat
Zimbabwe 119-9 (Williams 38, Shakib Al Hasan 3-15) by six wickets

3rd One Day International, Mirpur, Dhaka

Bangladesh sealed a come-from-behind ODI series win against Zimbabwe with a six-wicket win in the final match in Mirpur despite a wobble in their run chase which briefly gave the tourists some hope of an unlikely win.

Bangladesh restricted Zimbabwe to 119 for nine after the match was reduced to 37 overs per side after early fog and they then reached their target in the 33rd over.

Mashrafe Mortaza picked up three wickets for 17 and Shakib Al Hasan three for 15 in a strong bowling performance.

Bangladesh won the toss and once again chose to field and needed five balls to get the first breakthrough when Mortaza had Vusi Sibanda trapped in front without scoring.

He then had Hamilton Masakadza (10) caught by Mehrab Hossain and bowled Stuart Matsikenyeri (10) and the tourists were floundering at 31 for three.

Sean Williams made 38, again performing well in a crisis but he had little support and as Shakib Al Hasan helped himself to three for 15, Zimbabwe's chances of a rare series win appeared to be slipping away.

Tamim Iqbal set off with good intent, reaching 34 in 59 balls with five fours but Mehrab Hossain (2) and Mohammad Ashraful (3) occupied 25 and 31 balls respectively before being run out and trapped in front by Ray Price.

Price then had Roqibul Hassan dismissed in the same manner for 14 but steady innings of 33 not out from Shakib and 20 not out from Mushfiqur Rahim guided Bangladesh home.

They won the first match by two wickets before Bangladesh hit back with a six-wicket victory.

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