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Taijul grabs hat-trick on debut

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam became the first cricketer to claim a hat-trick on his debut in a ODI as he set up a five-wicket victory for Bangladesh over Zimbabwe on Monday. The win in Dhaka gave Bangladesh a clean sweep in the five-match ODI series against their fellow cricketing minnows.

The whitewash came after the hosts recorded a 3-0 win against the visitors in the preceding Test series. Taijul bowled Tinashe Panyangara in the last ball of his sixth over and returned to trap John Nyumbu leg before and bowl Tendai Chatara in the first two balls of his next over to complete the hat-trick.

Taijul, who finished with 4-11, is only the fourth Bangladeshi to claim a hat-trick in an ODI after Shahadat Hossain, Abdur Razzak and Rubel Hossain. Shakib Al Hasan took the last wicket to return figures of 3-30 as Zimbabwe collapsed after a fine start. They lost their last nine wickets for 33 runs and were dismissed for 128. Leg-spinner Jubair Hossain shared in the demolition, taking 2-41.

BRIEFSCORES B’desh 130 for 5 (Mahmudullah 51*, Chatara 3-44) beat Zim 128 (Masakadza 52, Taijul 4-11, Shakib 3-30) by 5 wickets.
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