Shakib al Hasan grabbed 3-15 before hitting an unbeaten 33 to guide Bangladesh to a series-clinching six-wicket win in the third one-day international against Zimbabwe yesterday.
The 21-year-old left-hander justified his recent status as the top one-day all rounder as Bangladesh surpassed Zimbabwe’s 119-9 with 27 balls to spare in a match reduced to 37 overs per side because of fog.
The chase did not appear easy at one time with the hosts wobbling at 89-4, but Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim (20 not out) kept their nerve to help their side clinch the three-match series 2-1.
Earlier, the pace-spin combination of Mashrafe Mortaza (3-26) and Shakib did the trick for Bangladesh with the duo accounting for six Zimbabwe wickets.
Mortaza started the slide when he dismissed opener Vusimuzi Sibanda in the first over before returning to dismiss the next two batsmen in an inspired opening spell.
Left-arm spinner Shakib rattled the visitors by getting rid of Elton Chigumbura, Raymond Price and Rainsford in quick succession.
■AUSTRALIA V S AFRICA
BY STAFF WRITER
South Africa took a 2-1 lead in their five-match one-day international series with Australia when they beat the hosts by three wickets in Sydney yesterday.
Australia were dismissed for 269 in the 50th over before 50s by Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis anchored the Proteas run chase.