Iqbal Fires Bangladesh To Victory

Iqbal Fires Bangladesh To Victory
Iqbal Fires Bangladesh To Victory
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Bangladesh 203-4 (Tamim Iqbal 61) beat
Zimbabwe 199 (Taylor 106) by six wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Bulawayo

A timely return to form for Tamim Iqbal underpined Bangladesh's six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the fourth One-Day International in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor scored a battling century for the home side but having chosen to rest Craig Ervine and Brian Vitori, they were unable to get enough runs on the board.

Taylor hit 106 in 137 balls but received little support and with Rubel Hossain returning four for 31, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 199 as Bangladesh produced their best performance of the series to date.

They followed that up with a confident run chase, led by Iqbal, who blasted 61 in 53 balls, and unbeaten innings of 39 and 35 from Shakib Al Hasan and Shuvagoto Horn.

Iqbal and Imrul Kayes (28 in 20) got the innings off to a flyer, Kayes hammering two big sixes before he was caught by Hamilton Masakadza off Chris Mpofu.

Jaundi Siddique (14) and Mushfiqur Rahim (16) were the other men to fall, Siddique to an outstanding catch by Kyle Jarvis, before Iqbal was trapped in front by Ray Price.

Shakib and Horn put on an unbroken stand of 74 to steer Bangladesh to their first win of the tour.

Earlier, a lack of substantial partnerships cost Zimbabwe dear and as well as Taylor batted, 199 never looked like being enough.

He led the way by hitting seven fours and a six as he was almost constantly having to rebuild the innings as wickets tumbled at the other end.

Only Vusi Sibanda (18), Elton Chigumbura (31) and Malcolm Waller (12) could make double figures as Shafiul Islam (2-47), Abdur Razzak (1-31), Mahmudullah (1-36) and Shakib (1-25) also got among the wickets.

Zimbabwe lead the five-match series 3-1 and the fifth and final match is on 21st August.

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