Shakib leads Bangladesh to face-saving win


Skipper Shakib Al Hasan led from the front with a fighting innings of 79 before picking up two wickets as Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by 93 runs to win the fifth and final ODI at Queens Sports Club on Sunday. It was Bangladesh’s second successive win, but Zimbabwe still claimed the series 3-2 to add to their victory in the one-off Test between the two nations.
After being put in to bat, Bangladesh made 253 for six in their 50 overs before Zimbabwe, who lost captain Brendan Taylor for a duck in the second over, were skittled out for 160 with more than 11 overs to spare. “All the boys showed some character that we are not here just to play the game. The newcomers have shown lots of promise, our fast bowlers have done well throughout the series,” said Shakib.
“Everything came well in the last two games. We were coming off a break from international cricket, so it was not going to be easy for the guys.” Taylor said there were many positives to take from the series, which had started with Zimbabwe’s first Test appearance in six years. “Bit disappointed with the way we ended but pretty chuffed with the series win, we will enjoy it,” he told