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4th ODI, Bulawayo, August 16, 2009, Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe
(47.5/50 ov, T:313) 313/6

Bangladesh won by 4 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
194* (156)
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Mahmudullah didn't take long to finish the proceedings but the chase was set up by an awesome innings by Tamim Iqbal, who took few risks in his career-best 154. The Bangladesh players race to the ground to grab the stumps, they paced their chase superbly but spare a thought for Charles Coventry who booked his name in the record books with a marvelous, unbeaten 194 earlier in the day.

The Bangladesh openers laid the foundation for a successful chase with a fluent opening stand, but once Ashraful fell, things had evened out. However, Tamim, who, until then, had relied largely on working the ball around, opened up, taking Waller for 18 in an over which undid any earlier damage. He was supported superbly by Raqibul, and then by a steady Mushfiqur. However, he was dropped at a crucial stage in the innings by Chigumbura and though he fell later with 33 still to get, Mahmudullah eased any nerves with a pacy innings to hasten the end.

I suspect both Tamim and Coventry will be named joint winners for Man of Match, hold fire, we'll get you the presentation details in just a bit.

Prosper Utseya: "312 wasn't enough. But our game is improving. We're playing international cricket and those missed chances should have been taken. 3-2 sounds better than 4-1 and we need to come back strong and play well for the fans."

Shakib: "Tamim batted magnificently, can't get better than that. We played very good cricket against West Indies and this series too, everyone chipped in but we need to improve our fielding. Cricket is now the most popular game in Bangladesh and we thank out fans for their support."

The commentators have decided that Coventry and Tamim are joint winners of Man of the Match, as widely suspected.

Tamim: "I was due for a big innings. I was getting good starts but not big hundreds. It would have felt better had I finished the innings."

Coventry: "Well done to the Bangladeshis for the way they chased. We'll be out there trying the hardest the next time. I've been under strict instructions from the doc, so no beers tonight," he says with a big smile.

That's all we have from here folks. We've had a cracker of a game with two absolutely memorable innings. Hope you enjoyed it and do join us again for the final ODI on Tuesday. Until then, on behalf of everyone at Cricinfo, it's Sid Talya signing off from the commentary along with R Gopi on the scoring desk. Until next time, take care and be well. Adios!

Mupariwa to Mahmudullah, FOUR runs

that seals it, slower one bowled full, he drills it down the ground past the bowler to the boundary to seal the series for Bangladesh

The camera just panned to a rather disappointed Coventry

Mupariwa to Mahmudullah, FOUR runs

faint tickle takes it all the way to the boundary, full outside leg stump, it's criminal to be bowling that line at this stage of the innings, just had to get his bat to it and the outfield did the rest

Mupariwa to Mahmudullah, no run

held back the length this time, slower one bowled short on middle, defended into the leg side

Mupariwa to Md Naeem, (no ball) 1 run

ridiculous stuff, full toss on leg stump, above waist high, helped down to fine leg for one more, that's a no-ball for height

Mupariwa to Md Naeem, 2 runs

poor ball, full toss on middle and leg, picked up over square leg into the deep for a couple of runs, just ten more now

Mupariwa to Md Naeem, no run

yorker on middle, defended in front of the bowler, calls for a single but is wisely sent back

Mupariwa is back. 12 needed off 18.

end of over 475 runs • 1 wicket
BAN: 301/6CRR: 6.40 RRR: 4.00
Mahmudullah13 (8b 2x4)
Naeem Islam1 (1b)
Prosper Utseya 10-0-46-1
Elton Chigumbura 9-0-63-0
Utseya to Mahmudullah, no run

hurled in full on the off, dropped short of the bowler, a dot delivery

The highest score, currently, by a batsman in ODIs in a losing cause is 181 by Matthew Hayden. Check this out.

Utseya to Md Naeem, 1 run

full toss on middle, driven down the ground for a single to long-on

Still, Mushfiqur's chipped in with a run-a-ball 15 and played a decent hand while batting with Tamim. 13 needed off 20, it's Naeem who'll take strike.

Utseya to Mushfiqur, OUT

a wicket, is it too late? Fires it quick on the off, goes for the big sweep over square leg, misses it completely, spins in and strikes him right in front of middle, that was plumb

Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Utseya 15 (15b 0x4 0x6 30m) SR: 100
Utseya to Mushfiqur, 2 runs

pitched up on middle, driven hard in front of deep midwicket for a couple more

Utseya to Mahmudullah, 1 run

short outside off, cut away to deep point for a single

Utseya to Mahmudullah, 1 wide

atrocious stuff, hurls a wide down the leg side

Utseya to Mahmudullah, no run

fullish on the off stump, struck down to short fine, there's no single

Utseya will bowl, they'll need a miracle will Zimbabwe to pull this off.

end of over 4610 runs
BAN: 296/5CRR: 6.43 RRR: 4.25
Mahmudullah12 (5b 2x4)
Mushfiqur Rahim13 (13b)
Elton Chigumbura 9-0-63-0
Ray Price 10-0-60-3
Chigumbura to Mahmudullah, 1 run

low full toss on middle, worked away to deep midwicket for a single

Chigumbura to Mahmudullah, FOUR runs

four more, short on leg stump, moves across and pulls it fine, Taylor dives to his left but is unable to clasp it, four more to the score, they're inching closer, poor delivery

Chigumbura to Mushfiqur, 1 run

overpitched outside off, drive hard past the bowler just wide of mid-off for a single

Chigumbura to Mahmudullah, 1 run

slower one down the leg side, helped on its way to fine leg for a single

Chigumbura to Mushfiqur, 1 run

low full toss on middle, driven down to long-on for a single

Chigumbura to Mushfiqur, 2 runs

on middle and leg, clips it over midwicket for a couple more

Matty B: "Any stats on the highest individual score made by someone in a losing side?" It's got to be this one (194) if Zimbabwe lose. I remember Robin Smith's 167 against Australia...we'll get you the link in a bit. Chigumbura comes on

end of over 4511 runs • 1 wicket
BAN: 286/5CRR: 6.35 RRR: 5.40
Mahmudullah6 (2b 1x4)
Mushfiqur Rahim9 (10b)
Ray Price 10-0-60-3
Tawanda Mupariwa 8-0-53-0
Price to Mahmudullah, FOUR runs

that'll ease the pressure now, short and wide, makes room to cut that hard past point for a boundary, picked the gap between short third and point to perfection, well played

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