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BAN v ZIM, 3rd ODI, Mirpur: Bangladesh wins one-day cricket series (BAN 2:1)
In a match reduced to 37 overs per side after morning fog, Zimbabwe was sent in and recorded 119-9, with Bangladesh reaching 121-4 with more than four overs to spare.
Bangladesh was steered to victory by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (33 not out) and Mushfiqur Rahim ( 20 not out). Hasan was named player of the series, with Mashrafe bin Mortaza taking man of the match honours after destroying Zimbabwe's top order and helping reduce the visitors to 69-5. Mortaza (3-26) struck early, trapping Visu Sibanda (0) lbw with the fifth ball of the match.
He then dismissed Hamilton Masakadza (10) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (10) to put Bangladesh firmly in control. Masakadza tried to play a short ball but failed to adjust and the ball took the shoulder of the bat, presenting a catch to Mehrab Hossain at second slip. Matsikenyeri was clean bowled.
Hasan (3-15), who has been ranked as the top one-day all-rounder by the International Cricket Council, bowled Elton Chigumbura (7) then removed Ray Price (7) and had Ed Rainsford (1) stumped by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Sean Williams was the best of Zimbabwe's batsmen with 38.
In reply, Bangladesh lost Mehrab Hossain and captain Mohammad Ashraful cheaply, but a 34 from Tamim Iqbal provided the basis of the run chase. The hosts slipped to 89-4 but Zimbabwe could not get further breakthroughs to expose Bangladeh's tail, as Hasan and Rahim guided the home team to victory.
BAN v ZIM, 3rd ODI, Mirpur: Bangladesh 121-4 (32.3 overs) beat Zimbabwe 119-9 (37.0 overs) by 6 wickets
BAN v ZIM, 2nd ODI, Mirpur: Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets (BAN 1:1)
A fine 96-run partnership between Sean Williams and captain Prosper Utseya helped the tourists recover from a poor start to reach 160 for nine from their 50 overs after being asked to bat first.
But the hosts, with Raqibul Hasan (52 not out) and opener Mehrab Hossain Jr (43) leading the way, surpassed their victory target for the loss of just four wickets and with more than five overs to spare.
The result leaves the teams with all to play for in the final ODI, which takes place at the same ground on Friday.
BAN v ZIM, 2nd ODI, Mirpur: Bangladesh 164-4 (44.5 overs) beat Zimbabwe 160-9 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets
BAN v ZIM, 1st ODI, Mirpur: Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 2 wickets (ZIM 1:0)
Price made an unbeaten 24 and added 35 runs for the ninth wicket with Tawanda Mupariwa (10 not out) as the tourists overhauled a target of 125 with four deliveries to spare.
The 32-year-old earlier finished with figures of 4-22 from his 10 overs as Bangladesh were dismissed with 11 balls to spare.
A victory for Zimbabwe had looked unlikely after fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza struck early blows and left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan ran through the middle order, reducing them to 44 for six at one stage.
BAN v ZIM, 1st ODI, Mirpur: Zimbabwe 127-8 (49.2 overs) beat Bangladesh 124 (48.1 overs) by 2 wickets
Tri Series in Bangladesh 2008-09Comprehensive Cricket News, Latest Information and Live ball-by-ball Commentary.
Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe join Bangladesh in the Tri-Series, which is scheduled to start from 10 January 2009. Get the latest news of Tri Series in Bangladesh 2008-09 →