Surprise cricket win

HARARE - Zimbabwe failed to win their last one-day international match against Bangladesh on Sunday, although they had already wrapped up the best-of-five series with a two-wicket win on Friday.
Bangladesh romped home by eight wickets in the match at Harare Sports Club, venue of all the five mat

Zimbabwe will however be impressed by their 3-2 win, their first ODI series victory since defeating the same opponents in May 2004.
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore, who arrived in Harare saying his charges were the favourites for the series, was yesterday singing a different story.
“We simply were not good enough. We allowed them to win two matches as we could not sustain pressure,” Whatmore said.
But Bangladesh’s decision to throw three spinners – Abdur Razzaq, Rajin Saleh and Saqibul Hasan – into the fray paid dividends as the tourists managed to strangle Zimbabwe’s solid start and in the end restrict the home side to 197 all out.
The hosts had won the toss and elected to bat.
Zimbabwe’s best batsman on show, Hamilton Masakadza, scored 75 from 101 balls with two fours and two sixes before he became off-spinner Saleh’s first victim in the 42nd over to leave the hosts on 172 for 5.
Saleh went on to finish the match with a career-best figure of four for 16 from 4.3 overs as Zimbabwe could only manage 25 more runs before they were wiped out.
Shahriar Nafees then ensured Bangladesh salvaged some pride from the series with 118 as the visitors finished the match on 202 for 2 for their eight-wicket win. – ZimOnline

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