Rahim, Mah­mudul­lah make it 4-0 for Bangladesh

The Financial Daily - - SPORTS & CONTINUATIONS -

DHAKA: Mush­fiqur Rahim and Mah­mudul­lah each struck a fifty to set up a 21-run win for Bangladesh over Zim­babwe in the fourth one-day in­ter­na­tional in Dhaka on Fri­day.

Rahim made a flu­ent 77 while Mah­mudul­lah re­mained un­beaten on his ca­reer best 82 as the duo helped Bangladesh re­cover from 32-4 to post a com­mend­able 256-8.

Shakib Al Hasan, Jubair Hos­sain and Rubel Hos­sain then claimed two wick­ets each to re­strict Zim­babwe to 235-8 and give Bangladesh a 4-0 lead in the five-match se­ries.

Zim­babwe looked com­pet­i­tive for the first time in the se­ries as medium pac­ers Neville Madziva (3-60) and Solomon Mire ( 3- 49) put Bangladesh on the back foot with their open­ing spell burst.

But Rahim and Mah­mudul­lah shared 134 runs for the fifth wicket to bring Bangladesh in­nings back on track.

Rahim led the ini­tial charge be­fore he top-edged leg-spin­ner Tafadzwa Ka­mungozi to end his 78-ball in­nings.

Skip­per Mashrafe Mor­taza hit 39 off 25 balls to en­sure Bangladesh got a com­pet­i­tive score.

Zim­babwe made a brisk start in re­ply when Hamil­ton Masakadza (28) and Vusimuzi Sibanda (17) scored 48 runs in the open­ing stand.

Shakib re­moved both the open­ers in his suc­ces­sive overs and debu­tant leg-spin­ner Jubair bowled one-down Timycen Maruma to leave them strug­gling at 60-3.

Brendan Tay­lor and Mire each hit a fifty and put 106 runs for the fourth wicket to give them some hope but brought the hosts back into the con­test again.

Jubair made Mire a catch of Mah­mudul­lah for 52 and Rubel bounced out Tay­lor for 63 next over with wick­et­keeper Rahim com­plet­ing the catch.

Shakib fin­ished with 2-28 while Jubair and Rubel grabbed 2-42 and 2-48 re­spec­tively.

The fifth ODI will be held at the same venue on De­cem­ber 1. -Agen­cies

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