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Bangladesh register 5-0 win over Zimbabwe

Bangladesh reach their target of 194 for the loss of seven wickets in 49 overs, Mehrab Hossain jnr being the top scorer with 45 runs.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2006 18:37 IST

Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by three wickets on Saturday to compete a 5-0 series win at the Mirpur Shere Bangla Stadium.

It was Bangladesh's first series sweep over Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh reached their target of 194 for the loss of seven wickets in 49 overs, four of them captured by pace bowler Gary Brent who was adjudged man-of-the-match.

Mehrab Hossain jnr (45) was the top scorer with his opening partner Shahriar Nafees, who was named man-of-the-series, scoring 33. Captain Habibul Bashar (32 not out) steered his side to victory.

Zimbabwe reduced Bangladesh to 140 for six in the 40th over after they reached 86 for one in the 20th but they also conceded 33 extras.

Brent trapped Nafees and Aftab Ahmed (4) lbw and bowled Mohammad Ashraful (14) and Hossain to put Bangladesh in trouble. Saqibul Hasan (13) was run out as Chamu Chibhabha threw the ball from the bowler's end and Farhad Reza was also run out for 5.

Bangladesh restricted Zimbabwe to 193 for eight despite a fighting 75 by opener Stuart Matsikenyeri.

The attack was led by paceman Mashrafe Mortaza, who bowled a full 10-over spell to return figures of three for 36, while spinner Mehrab ended with two for 30 from seven overs.

Mortaza's victims were all clean bowled with Sean Williams the first to go after he scored 14, followed by Brent (3) and captain Prosper Utseya (2).

Asked to bat by Bashar, Zimbabwe lost opener Tinotenda Mawoyo (10) when Syed Rasel bowled him with the first ball of the eighth over.

Chamu Chibhabha then built a partnership of 63 runs with Matsikenyeri before he was run out for 27 when Abdur Razzak threw the ball from long on to keeper Mushifiqur Rahim in the 25th over.

Elton Chigumbura (27) was removed with the score on 138-3, Mehrab claiming his first one-day wicket in his sixth match when he got the batsman to edge behind to the keeper.

Mehrab then had Matsikenyeri caught at point by Razzak in the 39th over after facing 114 balls and hitting seven fours.

First Published: Dec 09, 2006 18:37 IST