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That's all from us folks! Hope you enjoyed the coverage and Bangladesh's win. Until next time then ...

Here's what the players had to say:

Tamim, Man of the Match: It wasn't the easiest wicket. On this kind of wicket, you need to be patient and cash in on the bad balls. Me and Shakib were going well, but my wicket was the key. I should have batted through and helped get that 240-250. It was tough at the start and they were also bowling well. To achieve something like that is always a proud moment (highest run-scorer at a single venue - Shere Bangla National Stadium). I will not leave him (Shakib) alone (chuckles) (referring to the MoM competition).

Mortaza: With the way the wicket played, we thought we could get more. The way Tamim and Shakib it was good. But we lost too many wickets in the middle. He (Mustafizur) has been practising his batting. The confidence was there in the dressing room at the halfway mark. It is very important to keep the momentum and hopefully we can keep going.

Cremer: It was a difficult wicket. All the wickets look similar but play differently. The toss was not crucial. We went about nicely with the ball and in the field. We should have done better with the bat. It was nice to get him (Tamim) out like that. When Shakib and Tamim were going, they could have got more, but we pulled it back. I thought the wicket didn't get us out, we gave Bangladesh a few soft wickets. We can't blame the wicket. It is tough when you lose wickets in the first 10 overs. We enjoyed the tour. Hopefully we will make the final and for that Bangladesh will have to play really well against Sri Lanka.

ALL OVER: Bangladesh brushed aside the Zimbabwe challenge to pick up their third bonus point win as they won by 91 runs in the fifth match. Set 217, Zimbabwe folded for 125 in 36.3 overs. Zimbabwe, though, aren't yet out of contention. If Sri Lanka lose to Bangladesh in the last game before the final, there's still a chance of Zimbabwe reaching the all-important clash.

Zimbabwe were knocked out of the contest when they were reduced to 20 for 3 in the seventh over. The early wickets meant the chase never really got going and they were forced to play catchup throughout the chase. With the dying pitching offering no pace at all for stroke-making, it was always going to be a tough task for the Zimbabwe batsmen even after they kept Bangladesh to 216 for 9.

Bangladesh started with Shakib al Hasan but it was Mashrafe Mortaza who got the first breakthrough. However, the left-arm spinner came back with twin blows and dismissed Solomon Mire and Brendan Taylor. While Mire was beaten by the lack of bounce on the track and was bowled while Taylor was trapped plumb in front.

Sikandar Raza and Peter Moor rebuild for a while and scored 34 for the fifth wicket. At the end of the 20th over, Zimbabwe were 58 for 4 and with the asking rate climbing up, there weren't too many options left for them. Sunzamul Islam dismissed Moor and Malcolm Waller on consecutive deliveries to leave Zimbabwe gasping at 68 for 6.

Graeme Cremer made 23 while Sikandar Raza fought hard with 39 but the hosts proved too good yet again for Zimbabwe.

EIGHT DOWN: Mustafizur gets Raza and Zimbabwe are now well and truly out of the contest. 110 more runs needed with just two wickets in hand.

Cremer dismissed: Another wicket falls. Cremer, the captain, has been trapped in front by Rubel. It nipped back in a touch and on a track staying low, Cremer stayed back and paid the price. 95 for 7.

NO HAT-TRICK: Sunzamul Islam has dismissed Peter Moor and Malcolm Waller on consecutive deliveries as Zimbabwe slipped to 68 for 6.

End of 20 overs - Zimbabwe 58 for 4

POWERPLAY DONE: Zimbabwe in trouble. 39 for 4 after ten overs.

Shakib on fire: Mire goes for the pull and doesn't connect. Bowled. Next ball, Brendan Taylor trapped plumb in front. Zimbabwe reduced to 20 for 3.

REVIEW LOST: Shakib pings Masakadza in front. The appeal was turned down. The impact was outside off so Bangladesh lost their appeal. Masakadza, though, falls to Mortaza. Bangladesh 14 for 1 after four overs.

Alright then folks! Mire and Masakadza are out there. Shakib to start with the ball as expected.

6000 ODI runs for Tamim Iqbal. Been a giant in @BCBtigers! Bat on, finish your career on a high. #BANvZIM

— Nikhil ???? (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 23, 2018

END OF FIRST INNINGS - Bangladesh 216 for 9

Zimbabwe fought back to keep Bangladesh to 216 for 9 as the hosts lost their last eight wickets for just 114 with Graeme Cremer and Kyle Jarvis doing most of the damage.

Jarvis nipped out Anamul Haque early on with just six on the board. However, the visitors were made to toil as Tamim Iqbal (76) and Shakib al Hasan (51) scored 106 for the second wicket. With the pitch offering no pace at all, boundaries were hard to come by but the experienced duo didn't throw away their wickets in frustration and started to rebuild the innings.

The 100 of the innings came in the 25th over. Shakib reached his half-century off 78 balls in the next over but fell soon after. Trying to up the ante, he charged down the track to Sikandar Raza and was stumped. Tamim too reached his half-century soon after but failed to carry on.

Mushfiqur Rahim fell for 18, Mahmudullah could only manage 2 and Tamim, probably frustrated at the lack of support, threw away his wicket. He was stumped off the bowling of Cremer as Bangladesh slipped to 163 for 5 from 112 for 1. Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain too failed to get going and the procession continued as the hosts allowed Zimbabwe to fight back in the contest.

The Bangladesh spinner will take heart from the fact that run scoring off slower bowlers is extremely hard on this track but would have hoped for a much better performance from their batsmen. The Bangladesh batsmen went too hard too early and hence had to endure a collapse.

100 ODI WICKETS FOR CREMER! He becomes the fifth Zimbabwe player to do it. Tossed up outside off, bounce and turn and it takes the outside edge. Mortaza gone and Bangladesh 170 for 8.

ONE-HANDED STUNNER FROM ERVINE: Short ball and pulled from Sabbir. Ervine, at short midwicket, puts his left hand out and dives to get the ball. The ball just about sticks. Bangladesh are now 167 for 6.

Third wicket for Cremer and it's the big one. Tamim gone, stumped for 76 off 105. Bangladesh now wobbling at 164 for 5.

ONE MORE: Cremer strikes again as he trapms Mahmudullah in front for 2. Bangladesh have slipped to 156 for 4.

CREMER STRIKES! Rahim looks to sweep and is caught at short fine. Not an easy wicket to bat on and score quick runs. Bangladesh 147 for 3.

50 for Tamim. Half-century off 78 balls for the opener ...

OUT! Raza has struck for Zimbabwe. Shakib comes down the track to a wide one, the ball turns away even further from him. Out stumped. Bangladesh 112 for 2 and the 106-run stand comes to an end.

50 for Shakib! He gets there off 78 balls

100 up for Bangladesh. Scoring has been tough on this pitch but both Shakib and Tamim have done well to not throw away their wickets in frustration. They are 101 for 1 after 25 overs.

50 PARTNERSHIP: So Shakib and Tamim have now added 50 off 66 so far in their stand. Bangladesh cruising at the moment and both batsmen look at easy 66 for 1 after 14 overs.

Ok saw enough of Anamul, he is not cut out for International cricket ????, time to find a solid opener who can support Tamim #BANvZIM

— Mo Mo (@LumzanMo) January 23, 2018

END OF POWERPLAY: So Bangladesh have reached 45 for 1 after the first ten overs. Zimbabwe have managed to create chances but the Bangladesh batsmen somehow managed to get away with it. Raza to bowl now.

Eventful few overs for Zimbabwe. They reviewed caught behind appeal against Shakib but Chatara had overstepped. Replays confirmed the ball had clipped the pad. So Zimbabwe got lucky here and saved their review. Shakib has edged a few balls to boundary since then. Bangladesh 26 for 1 in seven overs.

FIRST ONE GONE! Anamul Haque fails again. Trapped plumb in front by Jarvis. Bangladesh reduced to 7 for 1 in first three overs. Shakib walks out to bat.

Great start by @ZimCricketv seamers with the ball and @KyleJarv89 strikes #BANvZIM #TriSeries

— Zim Undercover Agent (@undercoverzimbo) January 23, 2018

Alright then folks! Tamim and Anamul are out there. Jarvis to start for Zimbabwe. Crucial game this for the visitors.

Toss: Bangladesh win the toss and opt to bat.

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunzamul Islam

Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor(w), Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer(c), Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani

Two matches. Two bonus-point wins - Bangladesh have by far looked the best side in the ongoing tri-series. Their performances have ensured they've set one foot on the final and the hosts will look to seal that when they take on Zimbabwe in the fifth match of the series.

Even though Zimbabwe were brushed aside in the first match of the series - by Bangladesh by eight wickets - the hosts will know the visitors have improved since that game and the second bout will throw up more challenges. Having said that, Mashrafe Mortaza and his band of boys have been clinical and will be more than confident of toppling any challenge that comes their way.

Shakib Al Hasan being promoted to No. 3 in the batting order seems a well thought out move, giving their best player enough chances to create an impact in the game. Bangladesh have almost immediately benefited from the move as Shakib has struck 37 and 67 in the two matches apart from picking up six wickets.

In the first game, Zimbabwe could manage just 170 but they came up with a much-improved performance in the next game, scoring 290 against Sri Lanka. The fragility of their batting came back to haunt them as they were knocked over for 198 in their third game. With the loss, they also missed a chance to knock Sri Lanka out of the contention to reach the final.

Zimbabwe now won't want to leave too late, or their fate, hanging on other results. If they win the contest against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka will have to win and win by a big margin against Bangladesh in the final game of the series to reach the final. For that, Zimbabwe need their batsmen to stand up.

The onus will be on Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza but it's equally crucial that the other batsmen find a way to bat around them. A score on the board will give the bowlers the much-needed cushion they need but with Bangladesh in top form, they'll at least 30-40 more runs from the par score.

Bangladesh have found the perfect rhythm ahead of the final and it won't be easy for Zimbabwe to stop them. However, the last thing you want to do in cricket is predict a result.

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