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?
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.
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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another short ball, this outside off, Naeem calmly gets under that one as well
Mpofu surprises him with bouncer, Naeem spots it early and ducks under
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
slightly shorter, Naeem drives it elegantly towards extra cover, another single turned down
in the blockhole, on off and middle, dug out to the leg side, good delivery that
gets the single to keep the strike, Naeem was looking to whip that to the leg side, gets it away to mid-off
well outside off, Naeem looks to make it four in a row, but that was too wide to swipe to the leg side
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
wow, what a shot that is, another length ball, Naeem gets under it and whacks it over the bowler's head for another six
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
powers it to long-on, easy single for the taking, doesn't take it
length ball on off, shows the full face of the bat to block the ball back to the bowler
full ball outside off, drilled along the ground to long-off for a single
fullish ball outside off, gets a bit of an inside edge towards square leg to get off the strike
short of length, defended back towards the bowler off the backfoot
muscles it to the leg side, midwicket misfields, Bangladesh wanted two but Cremer comes in from long-on to keep them to one
in the blockhole, on middle and leg, punched to mid-on, single isn't taken again
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
another single turned down after Naeem defends the ball towards short cover
|Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong|
|Toss||Bangladesh, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||Bangladesh won the 5-match series 4-1|
|Match number||ODI 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 days||5 November 2009 - day (50-over match)|
We have great balance now - Shakib Al Hasan
Naeem Islam fifty hands Bangladesh thrilling win
|Tamim Iqbal||run out||2||5|
|Mohammad Ashraful||run out||5||5|
|Shakib Al Hasan||stumped||20||30|
|Naeem Islam||not out||73||90|
|Enamul Haque jnr||lbw||0||4|
|Nazmul Hossain||not out||1||4|
|Extras||(lb 6, nb 1, w 8)|
|Total||222(9 wkts; 49 ovs)|