HARARE, June 21: Zimbabwe failed to build on their stunning win over South Africa and fell by six wickets to Bangladesh on Thursday in the non-cap triangular Twenty20 tournament.
Much was expected of Brendan Taylor and his team after they shocked strong favourites South Africa by 29 runs on Tuesday, but a total of 149-8 off 20 overs proved insufficient at Harare Sports Club.
Bangladesh, needing a win to retain a chance of making the final this Sunday, responded with 153-4 off 17.3 overs to give recently appointed England-born coach Richard Pybus his first win in charge of the Tigers.
Opener Hamilton Masakadza (56) top scored for the hosts with Taylor and Stuart Matsikenyeri (27 each) the only other notable run contributors while Mashrafe Mortaza (2-28) was the most successful Bangladeshi bowler.
Nasir Hossain (41 not out) led the run chase with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (31) and Mohammad Mahmudullah (29) lending most assistance while Kyle Jarvis (1-18) was the pick of an attack that did not recapture the form shown against South Africa.—AFP
Scoreboard ZIMBABWE: V. Sibanda run out 12 H. Masakadza c Mushfiqur b Mashrafe 56 B.R.M. Taylor c Mahmudullah b Ziaur 27 C.R. Ervine b Mahmudullah 0 S. Matsikenyeri c Mashrafe b Elias 27 E. Chigumbura run out 1 A.G. Cremer c Anamul b Mashrafe 10 P. Utseya c and Abul Hasan 3 K.M. Jarvis not out 7 C.B. Mpofu not out 0
EXTRAS (LB-2, W-4) 6 TOTAL (for eight wkts, 20 overs) 149 FALL OF WKTS: 1-22, 2-70, 3-74, 4-125, 5-128, 6-132, 7-137, 8-145. DID NOT BAT: R. Muzhange. BOWLING: Abdur Razzak 4-0-20-0; Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-28-2; Elias Sunny 4-0-27-1; Abul Hasan 3-0-26-1 (2w); Ziaur Rahman 1-0-18-1 (1w); Mohammad Mahmudullah 4-0-28-1 (1w).
BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal run out 13 Mohammad Ashraful b Jarvis 19 Anamul Haque c Taylor b Cremer 11 Mushfiqur Rahim run out 31 Nasir Hossain not out 41 Mohammad Mahmudullah not out 29
EXTRAS (LB-5, W-4) 9 TOTAL (for four wkts, 20 overs) 153 FALL OF WKTS: 1-25, 2-43, 3-52, 4-99. DID NOT BAT: Ziaur Rahman, Elias Sunny, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Abul Hasan. BOWLING: Utseya 4-0-28-0; Mpofu 4-0-44-0; Jarvis 3-0-18-1 (1w); Muzhange 2-0-18-0 (2w); Cremer 4-0-30-1; Chigumbura 0.3-0-10-0.
RESULT: Bangladesh won by six wickets. UMPIRES: O. Chirombe and L. Rusere (both Zimbabwe). TV UMPIRE: R.B. Tiffin (Zimbabwe). MATCH REFEREE: A. Marodza (Zimbabwe). MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Mashrafe Mortaza. NEXT MATCH: Bangladesh v South Africa.