Skipper Marshall Ayub struck a fifty while Elias Sunny and Mominul Haque captured three wickets each as Bangladesh A team eased to a 31-run win over Zimbabwe A in the third and final one-day match to take the three-match series 2-1 on Wednesday. With both the side locked 1-1 in the series before the match, Bangladesh A opted for batting to make a flying start before a middle-order collapse restricted their innings to 239 in 50 overs.
Marshall made 57 off 78 balls with six fours after Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das put a fifty-run opening partnership in less than eight overs. Liton was explosive between the two openers plundering 46 off 41 balls while Soumya added 22 off 26.
All-rounder Farhad Reza played a cameo of 32 from 31 balls and Mosaddek Hossain added 25 as Bangladesh A team were all out in the last ball of their innings.
Taurai Muzarabani took 4-33 to give Zimbabwe A team some hope to finish the tour on a high but that quickly vanished as the visitors suffered a batting collapse chasing the modest target.
Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny grabbed two quick wickets and he was joined by fellow spinner Mosaddek Hossain and Zubair Hossain to put Zimbabwe A in a state of bother reducing them to 68-4 in 16.3 overs.
Captain Vusimuzi Sibanda, who smashed two fifties in the previous two games, attempted to salvage the innings with his 58-ball 37 before leg spinner Zubair ended his resistance as Soumya completed the catch.
With Zimbabwe A reeling at 141-6, Test batsman Malcolm Waller provided some late impetus making 52 off 77 balls, with four boundaries and a six to bring his side back into the game.
However, part-time spinner Mominul rose to the occasion to finish with 3-36 to restrict Zimbabwe A finally to 208-8. Sunny, who received a hammering in his final spell, returned with 3-53.
Marshall was adjudged man-of-the-match for his crucial fifty.
-With New Age input