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Tamim, spinners guide Bangladesh to victory

Opener Tamim Iqbal hit 80 runs off 72 balls as Bangladesh cruised to a four-wicket victory over Zimbabwe to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match one day series in Dhaka.

cricket Updated: Nov 01, 2009 02:03 IST

Opener Tamim Iqbal hit 80 runs off 72 balls as Bangladesh cruised to a four-wicket victory over Zimbabwe to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match one day series in Dhaka on Saturday.

Zimbabwe's weakness against spin was exposed again as the visitors were bundled out for 196 in 41.1 overs with left-arm spinner Enamul Haque picking up three vital wickets when the visitors looked to be controlling the proceedings.

In reply, Tamim Iqbal played a brilliant half-century and Mohammad Ashraful (63) returned to form to guide the hosts to an easy four wickets victory in 40.4 overs, albeit after some late hiccups.

Tamim, who was declared man of the match, said he rued missing the century.

"I am not happy. I did not complete the job. But the boys are playing good cricket. We are hopeful for the remaining matches," he said.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who hit a blistering century in the second match to level the series, elected to field and opted for only one pacer and five spinners in an ideal batting wicket.

Stand-in Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza gave the visitors a rollicking start, pushing the total to 90 for two wickets, before left arm spinner Enamul Haque triggered the collapse, picking Charles Coventry and new man Forster Mutizwa in a single over.