Zimbabwe’s unbeaten run in the ongoing triangular cricket series has come to an end after the team crashed to a 6 wicket defeat to Bangladesh in a match played at Harare Sports Club this afternoon.
After winning the toss, Zimbabwe elected to bat with Vusimuzi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza opening the batting.
The opening partnership yielded 22 runs before Sibanda was run out after scoring only 12 runs.
Despite the early set back, Masakadza and Taylor were aggressive, with the duo combining in a 48 run second wicket partnership.
Taylor scored 27 before being caught at mid-on after skying a Ziaur Rahman delivery.
Craig Ervine followed Taylor to the pavilion moments later as he was bowled for a duck.
Coming in at number 5, Stuart Matsikenyeri made a decent contribution of 27 runs before being caught at long on.
Although wickets fell at the other end, Hamilton Masakadza was once again dangerous as he scored his 3rd consecutive half century.
Despite being in good form, Masakadza was dismissed after knocking a wide delivery.
With the hosts hoping Chigumbura would revive their innings, the middle order batsman was disappointing.
A great fielding effort by Anamul Haque saw Chigumbura return to the pavilion having contributed only 1 run.
Zimbabwe’s batting collapse continued with Prosper Utseya, and Graeme Cremer only managing 10 and 3 runs as the hosts posted a total of 149 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.
Chasing a 150 run target to stay in the competition, Bangladesh exhibited a disciplined display with Mohammed Ashraful scoring a quick fire 19 runs from 10 balls before perishing to a Kyle Jarvis delivery.
Tamim Iqbal scored 13 with Anamul Haque chipping in with 11.
Despite a shacky start characterised by a constant loss of wickets, a 4th wicket partnership featuring Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain produced 47 runs to steer the game in the tourists favour.
After Rahim was dismissed, a 50 run partnership involving Nasser Hossain and Mahmudullah steered the Asians to a 6 wicket victory.