_bangladesh_vs_zimbabwe.jpgThe Zimbabwe cricket team crashed to a 6 wicket defeat in the 5th and final One-Day International against Bangladesh in Chittagong, to go down 3-1 in the Micro-max series.

 After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Zimbabwe’s innings was rocked by the loss of early wickets with Brendon Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza and Keith Dabengwa all failing to reach double figures.

Craig Ervine and Tatenda Taibu however attempted to stabilise the tourists’ innings by putting on a 4th wicket partnership stand of 95 runs before Ervine perished for 46 runs. Taibu went on to score 64 before Elton Chigumbura made 23. Prosper Utseya and Regis Chakabva were unbeaten on 12 and 14 as Allan Butcher’s charges posted an uncompetitive 188 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.

In response to a 188 run target, Bangladesh’s opening batsman Tamim Iqbal led the Tigers’ chase by scoring an impressive 95 runs, before being dismissed by a Keith Dabengwa’s delivery.

 Iqbal’s match winning effort was well complemented by Junaid Siddique, whose 56 runs not out steered Bangladesh to a 6 wicket victory, consequently handing the Asians a 3-1 series win.

The series defeat gives the Zimbabwean squad about two months to rectify its short comings ahead of the 2011 Cricket World Cup set to be hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in February next year.