Tri-series, 4th T20I: Bangladesh crush Zimbabwe to set up final vs Afghanistan
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- Bangladesh (175 for 7) beat Zimbabwe (136-all out) by 39 runs in the 4th match
- Mahmudullah starred with the bat scoring 62 runs while Shafiul picked 3 wickets for BAN
- Bangladesh will now face Afghanistan in the final on September 24 in Dhaka
Bangladesh rode on an all-round team performance on Wednesday to beat Zimbabwe by 39 runs in the fourth T20I at Chattogram and set up the tri-nation series final against Afghanistan in Dhaka on September 24. Afghanistan have 4 points from 2 matches, Bangladesh have the same from 3 games now while Zimbabwe are yet to open their account.
A superb bowling effort from Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam helped Bangladesh bowl Zimbabwe out for 136 while defending 175 in 20 overs. Zimbabwe bowed out of the competition after suffering their third successive loss.
Shafiul finished with 3 for 36 from 4 overs while Mustafizur and Aminul grabbed two wickets each. Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin managed to pick up a wicket each. Richmond Mutumbami was Zimbabwe's highest scorer with 54 runs while Kyle Jarvis contributed with 27 but it wasn't enough to get them over the finish line.
Earlier, Bangladesh rode on Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim's 78-run partnership for the fourth wicket to post 175 for 7 in 20 overs after being put into bat.
Mahmudullah scored 62 off 41 balls, his 4th T20I half-century, while Mushfiqur made 32 off 26 balls. Opener Liton Das also made a useful contribution of 38 off 22 balls with 4 boundaries and two sixes.
"Made up my mind I'll go from the first ball (that went for six). Wanted to try and be positive. Liton, Shakib and Rahim batted well. Bowlers kept faith in their abilities, fielders took their chances. Want to be more consistent in my form. Team expects consistency from me. Need to put our best performance in upcoming game to boost our confidence ahead of the final," man-of-the-match Mahmudullah said.
Kyle Jarvis bagged 3 wickets for Zimbabwe while Chris Mpofu managed two. Ryan Burl and Tinotenda Mutombodzi grabbed a wicket each.
Zimbabwe will play their final match of the series against Afghanistan on September 20 at the same venue before Bangladesh take on the Afghans on September 21. The final between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Dhaka on September 24.