POST TIME: 19 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 September, 2019 01:39:45 AM
Bangladesh thump Zimbabwe
Md Abu Talha Sarker, Ctg

Bangladesh thump Zimbabwe

Bangladesh experienced campaigner Mahmudullah Riyad plays a shot during his half century knock against Zimbabwe during their tri-nation series match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram yesterday. BCB photo

Mahmudullah Riyad hit a spellbinding 62 as Bangladesh thumped Zimbabwe by 39 runs in the first match of the Chattogram leg in the tri-nation series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Sagorika area of Chattogram yesterday. By the instrumentality of this victory, the home side sealed their place in the final, which will be played against already-through Afghanistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on September 24.

And Zimbabwe derailed from the competition after their three successive losses. They will play the dead rubber against Afghanistan, who confirmed their spot in the final after winning two matches on the trot at the same venue on September 21. Zimbabwe sustained a blow in the very first over when Brendan Taylor hit Mohammad Saifuddin’s good length delivery but went off the toe-end of the bat and Shakib settled under the skier at mid-off.

Shakib Al Hasan compounded Zimbabwe’s tethering trouble further when Regis Chakabva beaten in the flight and rattled his middle stump. Both Taylor and Chakabva castled for ducks. Call-up Shafiul Islam removed Sean Williams while the visitors were stuttering at three for eight. Captain Hamilton Masakadza attempted to tackle the batting collapse with fellow batsmen. But wickets were tumbling at regular intervals.

He stitched together 27 with Tinotenda Mutombodzi before debutant leg-spinner Aminul Islam unsettled Mutombodzi, who got out for 11. When Masakadza holed out for 25, Zimbabwe slipped further 44-6 from 35-4. Richmond Rutumbami made a gritty resistance with late order batsmen and surpassed 100-run mark. He notched up his fifty but his effort was not enough to avert the inevitable defeat and folded for 136. He finally chalked up 54 off 32, hitting three sixes and four boundaries. Kyle Jarvis showed his flamboyance with bat and clouted 20-ball 27.

Pacer Shafiul Islam captured three wickets. Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam claimed two wickets each, while Shakib Al Hasan and Mohamamd Saifuddin bagged one wicket apiece for the winners. Earlier, Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza chose to invite his Bangladesh counterpart Shakib Al Hasan to bat first after winning the coin toss in a bid to limit the hosts on Chattogram pitch to such a score what they can easily chase down.

Bangladesh, who made three changes to the side, brought in Nazmul Hossain Shanto in place of Soumya Sarkar to open with Liton Kumar Das. The duo provided a quick start in the chance of the relaxed fielding during the powerplay.

Liton was ruthless over Zimbabwean bowlers more than Shanto. They clubbed 21 in the third over with the help of some big shots. They were 49 for no loss but both were dislodged in the last two consecutive over of the powerplay.

Jarvis befooled Shanto with a slower when he closed the face of the bat early and lifted it in the air of the leading edge what Jarvis comfortably palmed. Mpofu put brakes on marauding Liton, who attempted to heave it on-side but it went a mile up in the air and Neville Madziva completed a stellar catch. Liton struck four boundaries and two sixes in his 22-ball 38.

Just 10 runs later, Shakib Al Hasan walked off the field after scoring 10. Mushfiqur Rahim paired with Mahmudullah Riyad and pulled together 78 for the fourth-wicket partnership that placed the score at 150.

Having relieved from caught-out chance on 29 while Brendan Taylor put down a straightforward catch, Rahim was trying to extend his personal score for so long. Later, Taylor made amends for his previous drop when he grabbed the ball and juggled it once. Rahim’s fine hand came to an end after smashing 26-ball 32, laced with three fours and one six.

Mahmudullah then stroke 62 as the ninth batsman when Bangladesh were on 169 for six. Riyad, who missed to make fifty in the previous match as he fell for 43, brought up fifty from 37 balls in emphatic way when he smoked a big six at backward square leg. His 62 off 41 was studded with five sixes and a four. Finally, Bangladesh posted a challenging 175-7 against Zimbabwe in Chattogram. Later, Riyad was named player of the match for his match-winning knock.  Medium fast-bowlers Kyle Jarvis and Chris Mpofu shared five wickets between them. Jarvis bagged three for 42, while Mpofu snared two.