Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh

Dhaka, January 10:

Elton Chigumbura scored a solid 64 and spinner Prosper Utseya bagged two key wickets as Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by 38 runs in a triangular one-day series match here today.

Zimbabwe rode on man-of-the-match Chigumbura’s eighth half-century to post 205-9 before dismissing the hosts for 167, thanks to off-spinner Utseya’s 2-22. It was only Zimbabwe’s second win in their last 12 one-dayers (ODIs) against Bangladesh. Zimbabwe take on Sri Lanka here on Monday. Each side will play two matches before the top two qualify for the

final on January 16.

Skipper Utseya grabbed two of the first four wickets to send the hosts reeling at 33-4. The spinner trapped Junaid Siddiqui (0) leg-before and then had skipper Mohammad Ashraful (18) caught by Vusimuzi Sibanda. Shakib Al Hasan, who earlier bagged 3-23, alone offered a stiff resistance with 52. He also put on 59 for the fifth wicket with Raqibul Hasan (23). Bangladesh’s chances receded sharply after the dismissal of Shakib, caught by Tatenda Taibu while attempting to cut Chigumbura.

Zimbabwe were earlier struggling at 94-5, but Chigumbura propped up the innings under pressure. Bangladesh never allowed Zimbabwe to build a big partnership, with Shakib and Naeem Islam (3-32) doing the maximum damage. Stuart Matsikenyeri was Zimbabwe’s second-highest contributor with a 51-ball 39.