Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by six wicket

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by six-wicket to win the fourth ODI of  the five-match ODI series at Queens Sports Club on Friday.

After bowling out Zimbabwe for 199, Bangladesh reached the total by scoring 203 for four avoiding a tour whitewash as Zimbabwe lead the series 3-1.

Zimbabwe were asked to bat by Shakib Al Hassan and only skipper Brendan Taylor held them together with his fourth century in ODIs, scoring a six and seven fours to reach 106.

Only Elton Chigumbura stayed with him, though at fewer than a run every two balls. They put on 94 runs for the fifth wicket, Chigumbura’s share being 31.

Zimbabwe lost five wickets in 12 balls as the lower middle order and tail-enders collapsed.

Rubel Hossain took four wickets for 31.

“I think this ground suits us more than Harare,” Shakib said.

“The wicket had some spin, enough for our bowlers to do something. I don’t think we always win here because it suits us; we played good cricket today. The spinners were steady and Rubel (Hossain) bowled brilliantly.”

Zimbabwe coach Alan Butcher admitted his team had played poorly.

“We spoke a lot about not getting complacent because we have already won the series,” Butcher said.

“We wanted to win the series 5-0. But on the day we’ve played poorly and Bangladesh deserve to win. We had a good wicket to bat on and ended up 60-80 runs short of a competitive target. Apart from Taylor, who was excellent, the rest of the batting was ordinary.”

Bangladesh started with fireworks in reply when Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal put up 24 runs in the first two overs and were 45-0 at the end of the fourth. Kyle Jarvis conceded 15 runs in each of his first two overs.

Tamim went on to score 61, with incoming batsmen Siddique and Rahim taking their time over reaching the target.

Bangladesh, captain Shakib scored 39 not out in a 74-run fifth-wicket partnership with Shivagoto Hom who made an undefeated 35.

The final ODI will be played here on Sunday.

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