Match Reports

Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 2006-07

ESPNcricinfo staff

†At Khulna, November 28, 2006. Twenty20 international: Bangladesh won by 43 runs. Toss: Zimbabwe. Bangladesh 166 (19.5 overs) (Mashrafe bin Mortaza 36; P. Utseya 3-25); Zimbabwe 123-9 (20 overs) (H. Masakadza 35, S. C. Williams 38; Abdur Razzak 3-17). Man of the Match: Mashrafe bin Mortaza. Twenty20 international debuts: Abdur Razzak, Aftab Ahmed, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Mohammad Rafique, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nadif Chowdhury, Nazmus Sadat, Saqibul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Shahriar Nafees (Bangladesh); G. B. Brent, C. J. Chibhabha, E. Chigumbura, K. M. Dabengwa, A. J. Ireland, H. Masakadza, S. Matsikenyeri, M. L. Nkala, B. R. M. Taylor, P. Utseya, S. C. Williams (Zimbabwe). Bangladesh won this clash of the Twenty20 newcomers, with Mashrafe bin Mortaza's late burst propelling them to a score that Zimbabwe never looked like reaching once the fourth-wicket stand of 54 between Masakadza and Williams was broken, and they slipped from 104-4 to 111-8.

†At Khulna, November 30, 2006. First one-day international: Bangladesh won by nine wickets. Toss: Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe 184-9 (50 overs) (B. R. M. Taylor 38, E. Chigumbura 31; Abdur Razzak 4-33); Bangladesh 186-1 (45.3 overs) (Shahriar Nafees 105*, Aftab Ahmed 60*). Man of the Match: Shahriar Nafees. Zimbabwe struggled against Bangladesh's trio of left-arm spinners, who took eight of the nine wickets between them. Then Shahriar Nafees took his side home with his third century in successive matches against Zimbabwe: only three other hundreds had been scored for Bangladesh in oneday internationals.

†At Bogra, December 3, 2006 (day/night). Second one-day international: Bangladesh won by six wickets. Toss: Bangladesh. Zimbabwe 217-7 (50 overs) (C. J. Chibhabha 31, H. Masakadza 41, S. C. Williams 61); Bangladesh 218-4 (42.4 overs) (Shahriar Nafees 67, Mehrab Hossain, jun. 54, Saqibul Hasan 36, Habibul Bashar 31*). Man of the Match: S. C. Williams. Zimbabwe put up an improved performance, led by Williams's career-best 61, but Bangladesh still sailed past the target with 44 balls to spare, powered by an opening stand of 104 between Shahriar Nafees and Mehrab Hossain.

†At Bogra, December 5, 2006 (day/night). Third one-day international: Bangladesh won by 26 runs. Toss: Zimbabwe. Bangladesh 220 (49.2 overs) (Shahriar Nafees 35, Mehrab Hossain, jun. 38, Mohammad Ashraful 36; C. B. Mpofu 4-42, K. M. Dabengwa 3-19); Zimbabwe 194 (49 overs) (S. C. Williams 68, E. Chigumbura 31, K. M. Dabengwa 31; Mashrafe bin Mortaza 3-34, Abdur Razzak 5-33). Man of the Match: Abdur Razzak. Bangladesh clinched the series with their third successive win, but for a time Zimbabwe looked the more likely victors: they reached 181-5 in the 46th over, with Williams improving his one-day career-best again, but lost their last five wickets for 13 runs. Slow left-armer Abdur Razzak returned his best one-day figures.

†At Dhaka, December 8, 2006. Fourth one-day international: Bangladesh won by eight wickets. Toss: Bangladesh. Zimbabwe 146 (47.2 overs) (E. Chigumbura 32, K. M. Dabengwa 32; Mashrafe bin Mortaza 3-14); Bangladesh 147-2 (32.2 overs) (Shahriar Nafees 34, Aftab Ahmed 58*, Saqibul Hasan 31*). Man of the Match: Aftab Ahmed. One-day international debut: T. M. K. Mawoyo (Zimbabwe). Another disappointing batting performance by Zimbabwe, and another comfortable victory for Bangladesh, who cruised home with 106 balls to spare. Aftab Ahmed hit his second ball for six, and collected three more (and three fours). This was the first official one-day international at the new national stadium, the Shere Bangla at Mirpur, on the outskirts of Dhaka.

†At Dhaka, December 9, 2006. Fifth one-day international: Bangladesh won by three wickets. Toss: Bangladesh. Zimbabwe 193-8 (50 overs) (S. Matsikenyeri 75; Mashrafe bin Mortaza 3-36); Bangladesh 197-7 (49 overs) (Shahriar Nafees 33, Mehrab Hossain, jun. 45, Habibul Bashar 32*; G. B. Brent 4-22). Man of the Match: G. B. Brent. Man of the Series: Shahriar Nafees. Bangladesh completed a 5-0 clean sweep, despite a late wobble in which they declined to 141-6. Their captain, Habibul Bashar, took them home in the closest match of a one-sided series. This was Zimbabwe's 12th consecutive defeat in one-day internationals since beating Bangladesh at Harare on August 4, 2006.

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