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Last Updated: Monday, 31 January, 2005, 09:48 GMT
Bangladesh ease to series victory
Fifth one-day international, Dhaka: Bangladesh 202-2 beat Zimbabwe 198 by eight wickets

Mohammad Rafique wins an lbw shout against Vusimuzi Sibanda
Mohammad Rafique wins an lbw shout against Vusimuzi Sibanda
Bangladesh easily completed the first successful run chase by either side in the one-day series to beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the final match.

It gave the hosts a 3-2 series triumph after they had lost the first two contests to Tatenda Taibu's men.

Aftab Ahmed hit 81 not out, including 24 off one Elton Chigumbura over, as Bangladesh overhauled Zimbabwe's 198 in just 33 overs of confident batsmanship.

Zimbabwe had been bowled out in 49 overs despite 84 from Barney Rogers.

They had won what was expected to be a crucial toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat first.

Excluding out-of-form batsman Dion Ebrahim and bowler Douglas Hondo, they chose to include Vusimuzi Sibanda and Mluleki Nkala.

Rogers established a decent position with the score 139-2 in the 36th over. But the Bangladesh posse of four spinners then got to work.

Brendan Taylor, who had hit a ponderous 36, fell lbw to Mohammad Rafique, and Rogers was stumped off Enamul Haque.

Barney Rogers scrambles into his crease during his 84
Barney Rogers scrambles into his crease during his 84

Wickets began to tumble almost every over while Taibu held up one end.

But he was finally bowled by seamer Mashrafe Mortaza to leave Bangladesh with a target they clearly fancied from the start.

Rafique was sent in to pinch-hit at the top of the order, and he clubbed a stunning 72 off 66 balls with four sixes and seven fours.

The early loss of Nafis Iqbal did not deter Aftab, who came in at number three and soon got to work against the Zimbabwe seamers.

The game was out of Zimbabwe's reach as soon as Aftab launched four fours and a six off Chigumbura's first over.

Rafique missed out on becoming the first Bangladeshi to hit centuries in both a one-day international and a Test when he holed out in the 25th over with 38 still needed.

Skipper Habibul Bashar promptly supplied 34 of those and the game was all over with 17 overs remaining.

Bangladesh: Habibul Bashar (captain), Nafis Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Mohammad Ashraful, Khaled Mashud, Alok Kapali, Mashrafee Bin Murtaza, Mohammad Rafique, Nazmul Hossain, Manjarul Islam Rana and Enamul Haque.

Zimbabwe: Tatenda Taibu (captain), Barney Rogers, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakdaza, Elton Chigumbura, Tinashe Panyangara, Prosper Utseya, Christopher Mpofu, Vusimuzi Sibanda and Mluleki Nkala.

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