Zimbabwe GO DOWN HARD

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh - Raqibul Hassan hit a giant six to bring up the winning runs as Bangladesh completed a series-clinching six-wicket victory yesterday after skittling Zimbabwe for 44, the fifth-lowest total ever in a limited-overs international.

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh - Raqibul Hassan hit a giant six to bring up the winning runs as Bangladesh completed a series-clinching six-wicket victory yesterday after skittling Zimbabwe for 44, the fifth-lowest total ever in a limited-overs international.

Bangladesh raced to 49 for four in 11,5 overs to secure a winning 3-1 lead in the five-match series after the fourth match lasted less than 37 of the scheduled 100 overs.

Winning skipper Shakib Al Hasan said a moist pitch meant Bangladesh had to work harder than expected to chase down the total, continuing a low-scoring series.

"It was not what we had expected, the wicket was not ideal for one-day matches," Hasan said. "We would have loved to have won by 10 wickets, but it was spinning a lot."

He also said the result could have been even more lopsided had his fielders not put down three chances.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Zimbabwe lost their first four wickets for just eight runs at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Bangladesh were always in command, and lost the first two wickets on 33. Raymond Price finished with 2-5, with fellow spinner Graeme Cremer taking 2-11.

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza regretted the decision to bat first.

"Obviously, we misread the wicket. It was slower than we thought," he said. "It was a bad day for us."

The result was a setback for Zimbabwe cricket, particularly after winning the series opener by five wickets.

"It is really disappointing that we are 3-1 down, after going one up in the series. But we hope to win the next match." - Sapa-AP

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