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Mahmudullah secures tri-series final for Bangladesh

Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim put 78-run partnership to raise Bangladesh from collapse.

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Mahmudullah secures tri-series final for Bangladesh
Bangladesh score 175 batting first. Photo: BCB

Bangladesh comprehensively beat Zimbabwe by 39 runs in their third match thus reached into the final of the T20I tri-series. The other team of the competition is Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chittagong, the hosts reached to 175 for 7 in their stipulated 20 overs. Zimbabwe only managed to score 136 losing all their wickets in 20 overs.

Bangladesh bowlers picked three wickets of Zimbabwe in consecutive three overs. Thereafter, the touring side were never be able to get back into the chase later.

Saifuddin got the first breakthrough for Bangladesh in the fifth ball of the first over, dismissing Brendon Taylor who played a five ball duck before being caught by Shakib Al Hasan.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan came into the attack in the second over of the innings ensured the second wicket uprooting Regis Chakabva who also failed to open up his account.

Zimbabwe fall at the score of 8 for 3 when Shafiul picked Sean Williams. Shafiul returned with best match figure of 3 for 36.

At one stage of the innings, Zimbabwe were collapsed to 44 for 6. Richard Mutumbani slammed a 32-ball 54, but it only stretched the innings for a while.

Early in the match, Zimbabwe won the toss and sent Bangladesh to bat first, the hosts slumped to 65 for 3 when experienced campaigner Mahmudullah Riyad revived the innings smashing 62 off 41 balls, with five sixes.

With Mushfiqur Rahim added 32 off 26, Bangladesh cruised to a substantial total of 175/7 in 20 overs.

Mahmudullah put on 78 runs with wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for the fourth wicket before Zimbabwe gained momentum for a while taking quick few wickets.

Litton Das gave Bangladesh a positive start with 38 off 22 balls.

Kayle Jarvis claimed 3-32 while Chris Mpofu finished with 3-42 for Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh will face Afghanistan in the last match before the final on September 21. Before that, Afghanistan are scheduled to encounter Zimbabwe once more.

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