Saqibul powers Bangladesh A to fifth win
Bangladesh A 331 for 6 (Tushar 66, Saqibul 55*) beat Zimbabwe A 273 for 8 (Rinke 108, Saqibul 4-40) by 58 runs
Saqibul Hasan's fine allround performance helped Bangladesh A end their one-day series against Zimbabwe A in convincing 58-run win, despite a defiant century from Pete Rinke. The Bangladeshis produced a flamboyant effort with the bat, racking up 331, with Saqibul carting a 55-ball 32 towards the death. Rinke held Zimbabwe's reply together, but needed more support to get his team close.
Nazmus Sadat and Nafees Iqbal handed Bangladesh a flyer with 88 in the first 10 overs. Tushar Imran, the captain, compiled a measured 66 off 64 balls before the middle order upped the tempo again. Mehrab Hossain and Saqibul raced along a more than a run-a-ball, Saqibul striking six fours in his rapid half-century.
At 169 for 3 in the 29th over, Zimbabwe were matching Bangladesh stroke for stroke but then they began to lose wickets at regular intervals. The crucial blow came in the 32nd over when Rinke was caught by Alok Kapali, leaving the lower order with too much to do. Saqibul followed up his half-century with a four-wicket spell and Bangladesh can leave highly satisfied with their work over the five-match series.