Mahmudullah fifty carries Bangladesh to tri-series final
Hosts Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe comprehensively by 39 runs in their third match and reached into the final of the tri-series.
At the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chittagong, the home team reached to 175 for 7 in their 20 overs afterwards Zimbabwe could manage to score 136 losing all their wickets in the stipulated overs.
Zimbabwe lost three wickets in consecutive three overs and never be able to get back into the chase later. Brendon Taylor played a five ball duck before being caught by Shakib Al Hasan off Saifuddin in the last delivery of the first over.
Shakib came into the attack in the second over of the innings and uprooted Regis Chakabva who also failed to open up his account.
Zimbabwe stood at the score of 8 for 3 when Shafiul, who stood out with the matches’ best figure of 3 for 36, grabbed his first wicket that of Sean Williams.
By the ninth over, the touring side were collapsed to 44 for 6. Richard Mutumbani scored a 32-ball 54, but it was barely took them close to the target.
Earlier when Zimbabwe won the toss and sent Bangladesh to bat first, experienced campaigner Mahmudullah Riyad smashed 62 off 41 balls, with five sixes cruising the team to a substantial total of 175/7.
Litton Das gave Bangladesh a positive start with 38 off 22 balls. By then a short collapse saw the home side reduced to 65/3.
Kayle Jarvis claimed 3-32 while Chris Mpofu finished with 3-42 for Zimbabwe.