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Bangladesh Seal Series With Six-Wicket Win

Bangladesh Seal Series With Six-Wicket Win
Bangladesh Seal Series With Six-Wicket Win
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Bangladesh 189-4 (Tamim Iqbal 95) beat
Zimbabwe 188-6 (Taibu 64) by six wickets
Fifth One-Day Intenational, Chittagong

Tamim Iqbal blasted a belligerent half-century as Bangladesh swept to a series-clinching six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the fifth and final One-Day International in Chittagong.

Iqbal hit 95 in 96 balls as Bangladesh passed Zimbabwe's score of 188 for six with seven overs to spare, Junaid Siddique also making 56 not out.

Batting first, Zimbabwe slipped to 21 for three before recovering to post a competitive score, largely thanks to Tatenda Taibu's 64 and Craig Ervine's 46.

After Mashrafe Mortaza struck twice with the new ball and Brendan Taylor was run out for a duck, Taibu and Ervine put on 95 for the fourth wicket.

Shakib Al Hasan then dismissed both men as well as Elton Chigumbura (23) to return three for 58.

Christopher Mpofu then had Imrul Kayes caught by Taibu for two but Iqbal, who hit five fours and seven sixes, and Siddique added 136 for the second wicket to steer Bangladesh towards a winning position.

Iqbal's 16th ODI half-century came in 61 balls while Siddique's played the perfect supporting role at the other end, scoring his runs from 116 balls before their partnership was broken when Iqbal was caught by Graeme Cremer off Keith Dabengwa.

Although spinners Cremer and Ray Price then dismissed Raqibul Hasan (0) and Shakib (11), Bangladesh were far enough ahead of the game and closed out victory with Mushfiqur Rahim unbeaten on six.

Zimbabwe won the opening match of the series by nine runs before Bangladesh hit back with six-wicket and 65-run wins in Mirpur before the fourth match in Chittagong was abandoned due to rain.

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