Zimbabwe A v Bangladeshis, one-dayer, Bulawayo August 7, 2009

Zimbabwe A crush Bangladeshis

Cricinfo staff

Zimbabwe A 181 for 3 (Mutizwa 78*, Taibu 66*) beat Bangladeshis 180 (Raqibul 55, Mushfiqur 32) by seven wickets

After their triumphant tour of West Indies, Bangladesh were brought back to earth by Zimbabwe A, who thrashed them by seven wickets with 11.3 overs to spare in a warm-up one-dayer in Bulawayo.

After choosing to bat, Bangladesh could only cobble together 180 runs, with only two of their batsmen - Raqibul Hasan and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim - making more than 20. Medium-pacer Admire Manyumwa was the most effective of the Zimbabwe bowlers, finishing with three wickets.

Though Zimbabwe eventually overhauled the target with ease, they were made to struggle early on, losing three wickets early. But Bangladesh's hopes of a completing a turnaround were dashed by Tatenda Taibu and Forster Mutizwa. Both of them made unbeaten half-centuries to ensure there were no more hiccups for the home side.

This is the only warm-up game for Bangladesh, the first of the five one-dayers against Zimbabwe is on Sunday in Bulawayo.