From Darlington Majonga in Dhaka, Bangladesh
HAMILTON Masakadza and Brendan Taylor clobbered half-centuries to set up Zimbabwe for a cliff-hanger 22-run win over Bangladesh in a day-nigh
t One-Day International match that spoilt the start of Eid-ul-Azha celebrations in Dhaka yesterday.
Zimbabwe who won the toss and elected to bat on a slow track which offered little movement recovered from an early two-wicket setback in the first three overs to set a testing target built around a 70 run third wicket stand by Stuart Matsikenyeri and Taylor.
Opener Barney Rogers lasted only five minutes on the crease and was quickly followed to the pavilion by Dion Ebrahim, who was trapped leg before by Tapash Baisya to leave Zimbabwe in a precarious position at 14-2.
The tourists once again looked left in the lurch at 84-3 when Matsikenyeri became veteran seamer Khaled Mahmud’s first victim of the day.
Masakadza got off the mark with a boundary that set him in the groove for an impressive 54 that included 10 fours before an inside edge gave Mahmud his second wicket.
Taylor quickly set up another understanding with skipper Tatenda Taibu for a partnership of 65, but Taibu failed to go past 28 when he was run out by part-time spinner Rajin Saleh when he attempted to steal one run to leave Zimbabwe at 172. Saleh also claimed Taylor, although the Zimbabwean had slammed five fours in his fifth half-century.
Elton Chigumbura survived a run-out on three and was dropped on six to blast a quick-fire 41 off 32 balls as Zimbabwe surged to a competitive total that also saw the tail wagging impressively — contributing 29 — to guide Zimbabwe to 251 for 8 in their allotted 50 overs.
Douglas Hondo was once again Bangladesh’s nemesis as he ended the match at 3-45 after rattling the middle order as the hosts struggled on a wicket dampened by the night mist in Dhaka.
Prosper Utseya returned to the fold to grab two wickets, the same number as Tinashe Panyangara who quickly recovered after a shaky opening spell.
Tail-ender Baisya, 33 not out, attempted to save the game for Bangladesh but his partners were quickly wiped out following the fall of Mahmud at 34.
Saleh hit an impressive 40 as the hosts fought back, but he became Chris Mpofu’s first one-day international wicket since making his debut against England last December. Mohammad Ashraful top-scored for Bangladesh, while captain Habibul Bashar chipped in with 39.
Taibu ran-out Nazmul Hossain to spark celebrations in the Zimbabwe camp that silenced the 20 000-strong crowd that thronged the 30 000-seater stadium. It’s the biggest festival of Muslims, but Eid-ul-Azha started on a sad not for the cricket-crazy Bangladeshis.
Zimbabwe leads the five-match ODI series 1-0.
Bangladesh squad: Habibul Bashar (captain), Khaled Mashud, Nafis Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Rajin Saleh, Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali, Khaled Mahmud, Abdur Razzaq, Tapash Baisya, Nazmul Hossain.
Zimbabwe squad: Tatenda Taibu (captain), Tinashe Panyangara, Douglas Hondo, Elton Chigumbura, Dion Ebrahim, Prosper Utseya, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Barney Rogers, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendon Taylor, Christopher Mpofu.