Zim lose second warm-up

COLOMBO - Bangladesh registered a comfortable five-wicket victory against Zimbabwe, achieving the target of 135 with ten balls to spare.

Led by opener Mohammad Ashraful’s 38, the chase was structured around two big partnerships of 52 and 50.

There was a hiccup when Bangladesh lost three wickets for five runs to slip to 85 for 5, but Mahmudullah and Ziaur Rahman saw them through.

Three Zimbabwe bowlers — seamer Brian Vitori, offspinner Prosper Utseya and left-arm spinner Ray Price — proved expensive, going for 10, 13.50 and 9.25 runs per over.

Zimbabwe were slow after they got sent in. Vusi Sibanda was their top scorer, with 40 off 47 balls and they did not lose too many wickets in a heap due to steady partnerships for the first four wickets.

 However, their innings lacked acceleration until at the death, when they were struggling at 106 for 5 with less than two overs to go.

Elton Chigumbura and Craig Ervine scored 27 runs in nine deliveries before Ervine was dismissed off the penultimate delivery. Their 134 proved to be too little. — Cricinfo

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