Cricket-Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by five wickets to take T20 series

(Reuters) - Shamim Hossain blasted Bangladesh to victory in a nail-biting finish as they chased down an imposing target to beat Zimbabwe by five wickets and secure the three-match Twenty20 series at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Zimbabwe raced to their second highest T20 tally of 193-5 but Shamim powered Bangladesh over the line with four balls to spare with an unbeaten 31 off 15 balls as they scored 194-5 for a 2-1 series win.

It completed a sweep of the one-off test and the three One Day International series between the two countries.

Zimbabwe looked to be in the driving seat as Wesley Madhevere scored 54 and Regis Chakabva 48 after they won the toss and elected to bat. Ryan Burl again contributed at the close of the innings with 31 not out off 15 balls.

Soumya Sarkar led Bangladesh's chase with 68 off 49 balls before slicing Luke Jongwe's delivery to long on but captain Mahmudullah weighed in with an important 34 and then Shamim came to the crease to finish it off with a blistering assault on the home bowling.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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