BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe

Bangladesh reaches 253-6 vs. Zimbabwe Bangladesh reaches 253-6 vs. Zimbabwe The Associated Press BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) — Captain Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah scored crucial half-centuries to lead Bangladesh to a competitive 253-6 in the fifth and final one-day international against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. On a good batting wicket at Queens Sports Club, Shakib top-scored with 79 runs, facing 71 balls in a knock that included five boundaries and a six. The 24-year-old Bangladesh skipper shared a crucial sixth-wicket stand of 107 runs with Mahmudullah, who was unbeaten on 60 from 67 balls. Zimbabwe spinner Ray Price led the home side with figures of 3-51. Shakib was out on the last ball of the 48th over as he looked to push on in the final five overs, clean-bowled by a full delivery from medium pacer Keegan Meth, who is playing for the first time in the series after replacing pace bowler Kyle Jarvis. Openers Tamim Iqbal (45) and Imrul Kayes (9) gave the visitors a steady start, putting on 30 runs for the first wicket before Kayes got a thick outside-edge to wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu off Meth. Mohammad Ashraful, back in the side after missing the last two ODIs, was out on 15 when he nicked an Ellton Chigumbura angling delivery to Taibu in the 17th over. Price opened his account when he dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim who was caught by Vusi Sibanda after attempting a sweep. The spinner completed his three-wicket haul by removing Mushfiqur Rahim (20) and Shuvagoto Hom (3). Bangladesh is hoping to end the tour on a high after losing the first three games of the five-match one-day series. The touring side restored some pride with a six-wicket win in the fourth ODI in Bulawayo on Friday to trail the series 3-1.