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Taijul claims hat-trick on one-day debut

AFP, DHAKA

Bangladesh players congratulate teammate Taijul Islam,fourth right, after his hat-trick against Zimbabwe in the fifth and final one-day international at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Monday.

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Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam became the first cricketer to claim a hat-trick on his debut in a one-day international as he set up a five-wicket victory for Bangladesh over Zimbabwe on Monday.

The win in Dhaka gave Bangladesh a clean sweep in the five-match series against their fellow cricketing minnows.

The whitewash came after the hosts recorded a 3-0 win against the visitors in the preceding Test series.

Taijul bowled Tinashe Panyangara with the last ball of his sixth over and returned to trap John Nyumbu leg before wicket and bowl Tendai Chatara in the first two balls of his next over to complete the hat-trick.

Taijul, who finished with four for 11, is only the fourth Bangladesh player to claim a hat-trick in a one-day international after Shahadat Hossain, Abdur Razzak and Rubel Hossain.

Shakib Al Hasan took the last wicket to return figures of three for 30 as Zimbabwe collapsed after a fine start.

They lost their last nine wickets for 33 runs and were dismissed for 128 in 30 overs. Leg-spinner Jubair Hossain shared in the demolition, taking two for 41.

Hamilton Masakadza top-scored for Zimbabwe with 52 and shared a 79-run second-wicket stand with Vusimuzi Sibanda (37) — the only high point in Zimbabwe’s innings.

Panyangara and Chatara, who shared the five Bangladesh wickets that fell, briefly raised the visitors’ hopes, but Mohammad Mahmudullah kept his composure to score an unbeaten 51, guiding Bangladesh to 130-5 in 24.3 overs.

The 28-year-old middle-order batsman hit two fours off successive balls from seamer Solomon Mire to seal the rout of Zimbabwe and bring up his 11th half-century in the process.

Sabbir Rahman, 13 not out, supported Mahmudullah after Bangladesh lost their fifth wicket with the score on 93.

Chatara finished with three for 44, while Panyangara claimed two for 49.

Taijul took 25 wickets in five Tests before being given a chance in the one-day format.

“I’ve never dreamed that it would happen, but it happened by the grace of the Almighty,” a beaming Taijul said after being adjudged man of the match. “It’s really a nice feeling. My plan was to bowl wicket-to-wicket and I am happy to be rewarded.”

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