Bangladesh A v Zimbabwe A, 4th and 5th ODIs April 7, 2004

Manjarul clinches the series for Bangladesh A

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh A won the deciding game of the five-match series after posting a challenging 240 for 8 in 40 overs. Zimbabwe lost wickets regularly and were all out for 188. Manjarul Islam played a pivotal role in both innings, first with his unbeaten 40, and then with two wickets that knocked the wind out of Zimbabwe A.

Al Shahriar, opening the innings for Bangladesh, was at it again with his third consecutive fifty, and he partnered Alok Kapali in a third-wicket stand worth 46. Kapali's all-boundary innings of 24 ended when Thinashe Panyangara trapped him in front of the stumps. Islam's innings followed, and late order cameos boosted the team total.

Trevor Gripper's (35) dismissal highlighted the difference between himself and the other batsmen. After he fell, Zimbabwe's batsmen all but surrendered, and only Richard Simms (36) showed the stomach for a fight. However, it required a greater collective effort if they were to win it. But Bangladesh's spinners, Abdur Razzak, Jamaluddin, and Islam, denied them any chances, picking up two wickets each to restrict the team to 188.

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Zimbabwe A levelled the five-match series at two-all with a 16-run victory over Bangladesh A after putting up 275 for 9. Faisal Hossain smashed an unbeaten 74 off 62 balls, but the constant fall of wickets left him short of partners at the end, and Bangladesh A got to 259 all out.

Alester Maragwede, Zimbabwe A's captain, elected to bat first. His openers justified the decision by putting on 67 within 10 overs before Abdur Razzak broke through, having Piet Rinke stumped. Brendon Taylor went on to 72, hitting eight fours and a six before being run out. Elton Chigambura then struck a half-century and struck a vital partnership with Richard Simms, who scored 49. Razzak was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh, with 4 from 54 from 10 overs.

Bangladesh lost an early wicket, but Al-Shahriar struck his second consecutive fifty. A collapse followed his dismissal, but Hossain took over with his whirlwind knock and took his team close. His knock, which contained seven fours, earned him the match award.