5th ODI, Chattogram, November 05, 2009, Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh
(49/50 ov, T:222) 222/9

Bangladesh won by 1 wicket (with 6 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
73* (90)
Player Of The Series
15 wkts
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe 221/9(50 overs)
Bangladesh 222/9(49 overs)
end of over 495 runs
BAN: 222/9CRR: 4.53 
Naeem Islam73 (90b 4x4 4x6)
Nazmul Hossain1 (4b)
Chris Mpofu 10-1-38-1

Who'd have thought the dead rubber would turn out to be the most exciting match of the series? The game swung from one team to the other, both sides scrapping hard for the advantage. Bangladesh looked in trouble when Shakib got out at 105 but Mahmudullah and Naeem brought them back with a fighting partnership. Zimbabwe seized the upper hand again by taking four wickets for 13 runs, but a memorable innings from Naeem sealed the victory for the home side. They are going to be talking about those three consecutive sixes for a long time in Chittagong.

Post-match presentation

Hamilton Masakadza "I thought we couldn't control the game today though Brendan Taylor scored a century in the morning. I thought the guys fought hard, tried hard but that one over which went for 18-20 runs changed things. We have picked up a lot on this tour, we should improve from here. The crowds have been really great both here and in Dhaka."

The Man of the Match is, unsurprisingly, Naeem Islam. "Yeah, I really enjoyed the innings. When me and Riyad were batting, we thought if we continue like this we will win easily. Even after his wicket, Tamim was there so I thought we could win. Right till the end I never thought we would lose."

The Man of the Series is Abdur Razzak for his 15 wickets. "It's really important that the team also does well. If I do well, and the team doesn't that is not satisfying. This game was a little tight, Naeem did a very good job, Nazmul as well. We have domestic cricket coming up, which we have to play so there's no rest."

Shakib Al Hasan "Naeem played really well. Some of our guys had the confidence that if we had a good over Naeem could do it. We need to take some responsibility, especially our top order and middle order because our bowlers did very well through the series. Both Chittagong and Dhaka crowds have been excellent."

Shakib holds the trophy aloft after Bangladesh pull off a convincing 4-1 series victory.

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Mpofu to Md Naeem, 1 run

Naeem has done it, sensational victory for Bangladesh, what a mature innings this is from Naeem, it would have all ended in tears though if the fielder at extra cover had thrown down the stumps at the non-striker's stumps when Naeem was scampering the single, the ball ricocheted off the bowler's hand to reach extra cover, the crowd is delirious and why not?

Mpofu to Md Naeem, no run

another short ball, this outside off, Naeem calmly gets under that one as well

Mpofu to Md Naeem, no run

Mpofu surprises him with bouncer, Naeem spots it early and ducks under

Mpofu to Md Naeem, FOUR runs

score are level, not the most convincing of strokes from Naeem, it was a ytorker length ball just outside off, gets a thick outside edge past the keeper for four

Mpofu to Md Naeem, no run

slightly shorter, Naeem drives it elegantly towards extra cover, another single turned down

Mpofu to Md Naeem, no run

in the blockhole, on off and middle, dug out to the leg side, good delivery that

end of over 4819 runs
BAN: 217/9CRR: 4.52 RRR: 2.50
Naeem Islam68 (84b 3x4 4x6)
Nazmul Hossain1 (4b)
Chamu Chibhabha 7-1-52-2
Chibhabha to Md Naeem, 1 run

gets the single to keep the strike, Naeem was looking to whip that to the leg side, gets it away to mid-off

Chibhabha to Md Naeem, no run

well outside off, Naeem looks to make it four in a row, but that was too wide to swipe to the leg side

Chibhabha to Md Naeem, SIX runs

A hat-trick of sixes, Naeem Islam is going berserk here, Chibhabha not learning his lessons, offers a length ball again, Naeem smashes it over wide long-on for another six

Chibhabha to Md Naeem, SIX runs

wow, what a shot that is, another length ball, Naeem gets under it and whacks it over the bowler's head for another six

Chibhabha to Md Naeem, SIX runs

Naeem dances down the track and launches that on over long-on for a six to bring up his half-century, that was a length ball

Chibhabha to Md Naeem, no run

powers it to long-on, easy single for the taking, doesn't take it

end of over 473 runs
BAN: 198/9CRR: 4.21 RRR: 8.00
Nazmul Hossain1 (4b)
Naeem Islam49 (78b 3x4 1x6)
Chris Mpofu 9-1-33-1
Mpofu to Nazmul, no run

length ball on off, shows the full face of the bat to block the ball back to the bowler

Mpofu to Md Naeem, 1 run

full ball outside off, drilled along the ground to long-off for a single

Mpofu to Nazmul, 1 run

fullish ball outside off, gets a bit of an inside edge towards square leg to get off the strike

Mpofu to Nazmul, no run

short of length, defended back towards the bowler off the backfoot

Mpofu to Md Naeem, 1 run

muscles it to the leg side, midwicket misfields, Bangladesh wanted two but Cremer comes in from long-on to keep them to one

Mpofu to Md Naeem, no run

in the blockhole, on middle and leg, punched to mid-on, single isn't taken again

end of over 468 runs
BAN: 195/9CRR: 4.23 RRR: 6.75
Naeem Islam47 (75b 3x4 1x6)
Nazmul Hossain0 (1b)
Ray Price 10-2-33-0
Price to Md Naeem, 1 run

Naeem keeps the strike by just dropping the ball towards point with soft hands, the batsmen zip through for a tight single, superb batting from Naeem

Price to Md Naeem, no run

another single turned down after Naeem defends the ball towards short cover

Match details
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
TossBangladesh, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Naeem Islam
Player Of The Series
Abdur Razzak
Series resultBangladesh won the 5-match series 4-1
Match numberODI no. 2922
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00, Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days5 November 2009 - day (50-over match)
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
Bangladesh Innings
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