Bulawayo: Brendan Taylor`s fourth ODI century for Zimbabwe may not be enough to prevent Bangladesh winning their first match of the tour at Queens Sports Club on Friday.
Taylor struck 106 runs off 137 balls with a six and seven fours and he passed 3,500 runs in ODI`s. But his team-mates collapsed around him, apart from a cautious 31 from Elton Chigumbura in a partnership of 94 runs for the fourth wicket.
Zimbabwe managed to make only a total of 199 runs from their 50 overs, leaving Bangladesh 200 to win.
And because this is a wicket often producing 300-run innings, Shakib Al Hassan`s team prospects of securing a partially face-saving victory look likely.
Bangladesh had lost their previous four matches on tour and already the ODI series with them.
They bowled with accuracy while Zimbabwe struggled throughout to get them away.
Taylor had flashes of stroke play but in the main he was restricted to a policy of keeping his wicket. The Bangladesh bowlers managed to stifle Zimbabwe in mid-innings and that turned out to be decisive.
Masakadza was unfortunate to be given out for a duck, caught behind. It was generally accepted to be a poor decision by umpire Owen Chirombe. Tatenda Taibu was run out by Nasir Hossain. He went for a quick single while partner Forster Mtizwa did not.
Malcolm Waller overdid his follow-through on a sweep and knocked a bail off, a rare dismissal for hit wicket.
Within this period Zimbabwe lost five wickets in 12 balls to open the door wide open for the Bangladeshis. It was another good day for Mushfiqur Rahim who took four catches to add to his century on Tuesday at Harare. And Rubel Hossain snatched four wickets for 31 in three spells, the last one of which providing all his victims.