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Bangladesh beat Kenya by seven wickets

Rajin Saleh smashed his maiden century and Habibur Bashar struck a half-century to beat Kenya by seven wickets in the fourth ODI.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 17:18 IST
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Bangladesh opener Rajin Saleh smashed his maiden century and captain Habibur Bashar struck a half-century on Saturday to beat Kenya by seven wickets in the fourth and final limited-overs international, and clinch the series 4-0.



Saleh's record 175-run stand with Bashar for the fourth wicket shot Bangladesh past the winning target of 233 in 41.3 overs, after the hosts lost three wickets for 62.

Man of the match Saleh's century came off 109 balls with 15 boundaries, and his final score of 108 was the highest for Bangladesh in a one-day game, surpassing Mehrab Hossain's 101 against Zimbabwe in 1999.

Bashar, who got his 50 off 67 balls with five boundaries, hit a big six to get 64 runs and finish off Bangladesh's innings at 237 for three.

Alfred Luseno dismissed opener Shahriar Nafees (20), Thomas Odoyo took out Aftab Ahmed (9), while Peter Ongondo got Mohammad Ashraful (11).

Earlier, a half century by captain Steve Tikolo off 61 balls helped Kenya post 232 for nine wickets, after winning the toss and opting to bat first.

Mashrafee bin Mortaza, Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak claimed two wickets apiece, while Syed Rasel and Shahadat Hossain took one each.

Tikolo and his 97-run, third wicket stand with Hitesh Modi boosted Kenya's innings to 125, after losing openers David Obuya (6) and Maurice Ouma (16). Rafique ended the partnership, dismissing both Modi (35) and Tikolo, who tallied 81 off 87 balls— with nine boundaries and one six.

Collins Obuya made 45 off 47 balls, and shared a 54-run partnership with Tony Suji (30) for the seventh wicket, before both were bowled out.

Kenya lost their last three wickets for just seven runs.