Bangladesh rides on all-round Shakib show

Shakib Al Hasan smashed a half-century and took three wickets as the host crushed Zimbabwe by 91 runs in the tri-nation ODI series in Dhaka on Tuesday.

 

Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan smashed a half-century and claimed three wickets, as host Bangladesh thrashed Zimbabwe by 91 runs in the ongoing tri-nation One-Day International (ODI) tournament in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Chasing 217 for victory, Zimbabwe was bundled out for 125 in 36.3 overs, after Shakib took 3 for 34 with his left-arm spin for the hosts.

Shakib and opener Tamim Iqbal, who top-scored with 76, set up the win as they shared 106 runs for the second wicket after Bangladesh elected to bat.

Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer claimed four wickets to restrict Bangladesh to a modest 216 for 9, despite a strong start provided by Tamim.

The left-handed Tamim registered his third half-century in as many matches, becoming the first Bangladeshi to amass 6,000 ODI runs in the process. He was also named the Man of the Match.

Bangladesh collapsed from 147 for 2 to 170 for 8, with paceman Kyle Jarvis grabbing three wickets for 42 runs.

Number-10 batsman Mustafizur Rahman struck an unbeaten 18 to take Bangladesh past the 200-run mark and complete their full quota of 50 overs.

Zimbabwe dealt with early blows as Shakib and Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza tore through the opposition top order.

They were unable to overcome the damage despite middle-order batsman Sikandar Raza's gritty 39 off 59 balls — the highest of the innings.

Mustafizur (2/16) ended the resistance of Raza, who dragged a short-pitched delivery onto his stumps.

Mortaza and left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam also took two wickets each.

Zimbabwe still has a chance to join Bangladesh in the final on January 27, provided the host beats Sri Lanka by a good margin in the final league game on Thursday.