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Zimbabwe won by 2 wickets.

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe clinch shock win

Price leads tourists to victory in low-scoring encounter

Price: Man of the match

First One Day International
Mirpur
Bangladesh 124 (R W Price 4-22) v Zimbabwe 127-8
Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe drew first blood in the three-match one-day series with a shock victory over Bangladesh in Mirpur.

Off-spinner Ray Price claimed a career-best four for 22 in 10 overs before hitting the winning runs as the hosts failed to defend their meagre total of 124.

Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful won the toss and surprisingly elected to bat in murky conditions with a damp pitch to boot.

And the innings never got going with the tourists' seamers providing early accuracy, Ed Rainsford and Tawanda Mupariwa giving little away.

Rainsford trapped opener Junaid Siddique plumb in front for three, while Tamim Iqbal scored 13 off 54 balls before edging Hamilton Masakadze to 'keeper Tatenda Taibu.

Revenge for Price

Ashraful made just four before Rainsford took the catch off the bowling of Elton Chigumbura, before the introduction of left-armer Price put the hosts in real trouble.

Top scorer Raqibul Hassan (28) hit two fours off the spinner before Price gained revenge next ball when taking a return catch, and when Shakib Al Hasan fell for 15 Bangladesh were 69 for five.

Mahmadullah (14) and Mushfiqur Rahim (22) put on 34 but fell in quick succession, Price picking up the former before fellow spinner Keith Dabengwa got in on the act.

The pair also took the last three wickets between them with Dabengwa finishing with three for 15 as the hosts were skittled for 124 in the 49th over.

The more experienced Bangladesh attack should still have fancied their chances of victory and they soon had Zimbabwe in trouble as the tourists slumped to 44 for six.

Traction

Opener Mashrafe Mortaza took three for 21 and spinner Shakib weighed in with three for 11 off his 10 overs, but the lower order gained some traction with debutant Malcolm Waller hitting four boundaries in his knock of 24.

He added a valuable 28 with captain Prosper Utseya (21) for the seventh wicket, the latter then putting on 20 with Price after Waller was trapped in front by Mahmadullah in the 31st over.

But when Utseya perished having taken 75 balls to make 21, Zimbabwe still required 33 with two wickets in hand and nine overs remaining.

Again the advantage appeared to lie with the home side but Price found a useful ally in Tawanda Mupiwara and the pair edged their way to the victory target with just four balls to spare, Price ending with a career-high 23 not out.

Match Details

Date
19th - 14th Jan 2009
Toss
Venue
Mirpur
Umpires
Nadir Shah and Zameer Haider

zimbabwe BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Masakadza c Hasan b Mortaza 2
Taibu b Mortaza 14
Matsikenyeri b Al Hasan 7
Williams c Al Hasan 8
Chigumbura c Rahim b Mortaza 0
Waller lbw b Mahmudullah 24
Dabengwa b Al Hasan 1
Utseya c Ashraful b Hossain 21
Price not out 24
Mupariwa not out 10
Extras 4nb, 5w, 7lb 16
Total 49.2 Overs 127 - 8
Full Batting Card

bangladesh BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Mortaza 10 3 21 3
N Hossain 9.2 0 36 0
Al Hasan 10 4 11 3
Hossain 6 1 17 1
Islam 8 1 28 0
Mahmudullah 6 2 7 1
Full Bowling Card