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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 February 2007, 18:01 GMT
Zimbabwe mauled again by Tigers
One-day International, Harare: Bangladesh 260-9 (50 ovs) bt Zimbabwe 215 (48 ovs)

Habibul Bashar
Bashar's 78 from 87 balls set up Bangladesh's victory
Zimbabwe suffered their 13th successive one-day defeat as Bangladesh won the opening game of a four-match series by 45 runs at the Harare Sports Club.

Put in by Prosper Utseya, the Tigers compiled 260-7, largely thanks to a fourth-wicket stand of 105 between Saqibal Hasan and Habibul Bashar.

That was significant as five wickets later fell for a mere 12 runs.

The required rate for Zimbabwe was beyond a run-a-ball, and though Chamu Chibhabha made 57, it took 117 balls.

Having made his 13th half-century, Bashar was reprieved on 70 when Gary Brent failed to hold a return chance.

Zimbabwe were always struggling to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat against Bangladesh, with Mashrafe Mortaza (4-31) ripping through the middle-order, and it needed Elton Chigumbura's breezy 47 from 27 balls featuring three sixes to bring some respectability to the card.

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