Masakadza ton inspires Z’babwe win over Tigers

BULAWAYO: Hamilton Masakadza hit a maiden one-day century as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 69 runs in the third match of their series in Bulawayo.

Masakadza made 102 and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 142 with Brendan Taylor, who was run out for 92. Elton Chigumbura weighed in with five sixes in his unbeaten 61 off 33 balls as the home side totalled 323-7.

Seamer Tawanda Mupariwa and spinner Ray Price then took three wickets each as as Bangladesh were bowled out for 254. Despite the loss, the visitors lead the series 2-1. But Zimbabwe will go into the final two games in positive mood after piling up their highest limited overs total against a Test-playing nation.

Masakadza’s hundred was his first for Zimbabwe since 2001, when he became the then youngest player in history to make a century in his debut Test by hitting 119 against West Indies aged just 17 years and 354 days.

Raqibul Hasan made 78 and Mahbulbul Alam hit three sixes in his 59 off 43 balls. Bangladesh were all out in the 45th. Mupariwa took 3-32 for Zimbabwe.