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Raza 72 not out guides Zimbabwe to consolation win over BD

By AFP
May 13, 2024
Zimbabwes Sikandar Raza plays a shot during the fifth Twenty20 international cricket match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. — AFP/File
Zimbabwe's Sikandar Raza plays a shot during the fifth Twenty20 international cricket match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. — AFP/File 

DHAKA: Sikandar Raza and Brian Bennett hit half-centuries as Zimbabwe secured an eight-wicket consolation victory over Bangladesh in the final Twenty20 international in Dhaka on Sunday to avoid a 5-0 whitewash.

Captain Raza hit an unbeaten 72 off 46 to guide Zimbabwe to 158-2 after they restricted Bangladesh, who won the first four matches of the series, to 157-6. Bennett struck 70 off 49 balls after picking up 2-20 with the ball at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Zimbabwe lost opener Tadiwanashe Marumani for one, but Bennett and Raza added 75 runs for the second wicket to put the visitors firmly in control. Mohammad Saifuddin dismissed Bennett, who struck five fours and as many sixes, but Raza defied a muscle injury to see Zimbabwe to victory. He struck six fours and four sixes in his unbeaten knock before Johnathan Campbell hit the winning single with nine balls to spare.

Zimbabwe were “obviously very disappointed” with the series defeat, Bennett said after the match. “It took us four or five games to win. “Credit to our bowlers, they have done very well,” he said. “It´s just the batting, especially in the powerplay. We know what we can do. So, hopefully we can take the momentum forward.”

Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto was happy with their performance in the series ahead of the T20 World Cup, despite the crushing defeat in the final match. “It´s been a very good series,” he said. “Winning the series definitely increases confidence.