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Naeem’s fine 73 leads Bangladesh to victory

cricket Updated: Nov 05, 2009 23:05 IST
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All-rounder Naeem Islam hit a superb 73 not out off 90 balls to power Bangladesh to a thrilling one-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the fifth and final one-dayer here on Thursday.

The 22-year-old added 35 along with Nazmul Hossain to snatch victory from Zimbabwe, with the hosts finishing the series comfortable 4-1 winners.

Brendan Taylor hit a brilliant 118 not out -- his maiden ton -- off 125 balls to propel the visitors to 221 for nine wickets, with Man-of-the-Series Abdur Razzak sharing the wickets with Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah.

Zimbabwe were smelling a pride-restoring victory when they reduced the hosts to 187 for nine, with all Bangladesh's big names returning to the pavilion thanks to three run-outs and some tight bowling.

Then Naeem stepped up, hitting three consecutive sixes off Chamu Chibhabha in a sensational 48th over, capitalising on a power-play, and then scoring five runs in the 49th over to seal victory in front of 20,000 spectators at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Earlier, Taylor returned to form for the tourists, hammering 118 off just 125 balls and holding his side's innings together when wickets tumbled at the other end against the rampaging Bangladeshi spinners.

Brief scores: Zimbabwe 221-9 in 50 overs (Taylor 118 not out). Bangladesh 222-9 in 49 overs (Naeem 73 not out).