Bangladesh whitewash Zimbabwe in ODI series once again

Bangladesh whitewash Zimbabwe in ODI series once again

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A brilliant batting display by Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes followed by Mustafizur Rahman’s fierce bowling spell saw Bangladesh Tigers sweep the three-match ODI series 3-0. They beat the visitors Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the third and final ODI held on Wednesday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur.
Zimbabwe were dismissed at 215 in 43.3 overs, despite Sean Williams fighting half century, Chasing a target of 277 runs set by Bangladesh and fell short of 61 runs with 6.3 overs remaining to spare.The visitors faced early batting debacle losing three top order batsmen with 47 runs on the scorecard. But, Sean Williams (64) first paired with skipper Elton Chigumbura (45) contributing 80 runs for the 4th wicket stand and then again contributed useful 59-run with Malcolm Waller for the 5th wicket stand keeping Zimbabwe’s chase on course, before Sabbir Rahman struck removing batsman Chigumbura.
Zimbabwe’s last hope Sean Williams also failed to carry the innings and went back to the pavellion giving an easy catch to Sabbir Rahman off a Mashrafe Mortaza delivery. This put an end to Zimbabwe’s hope of restore some lost pride. He struck five boundaries during his patient 84-ball stay on the crease.
Pacer Mustafizur then joined the party picking up two more wickets in the same over taking Bangladesh closer to victory. He completed his fifth wicket haul taking Tinashe Panyangara giving away 34 runs.
Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh was named the player of the match for his impressive batting performance while Mushfiqur Rahim was adjudged the player of the series.
After the match captain Mashrafe said, “We don’t have Shakib, so we have to keep changing bowlers. The dressing room is relaxed, thanks to the supporters for helping us.”
Zimbabwe skipper Chigumbura said “It is disappointing once again. We thought they may score 300-plus but we kept them to about 270 and managed to pull it back. But again we lost wickets and that’s always difficult. T20 is a different version and we have to play different cricket.”
Man of the series Mushfiqur Rahim said: “We have really worked hard and it has paid off. The bowlers did their job and the top order did well. It is not an easy wicket to chase. Mustafiz and Al-Amin had lots of overs in the end. It is really pleasing for our team.”
Earlier, a solid opening stand by Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes and a breezy half century by Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh to pile up a challenging total of 276 for 9 from their allotted 50 overs against Zimbabwe.
The two Bangladesh openers gave Bangladesh a perfect start contributing 147 runs for the opening stand. When the stubborn partnership was broken by Sikandar Raza, the hosts had aleady reached a strong position.
Opener Kayes continued his prolific form with a brilliant 73-run off 95-balls laced with four sixes and six boundaries while Tamim also scored 73 runs off 98 balls. His score included seven boundaries and one six before he was caught behind by wicket keeper Chakabva off a Cremer delivery.
Later all rounder Mahmudullah played a breezy 40-ball of 52-run innings that helped Bangladesh to put a competitive total for Zimbabwe to chase after Mushfiqur Rahim added (28) and Liton Das (17) in useful contribution to the team. Mahmudullah hit his half-century smacking five splendid boundaries and one towering six before he fell run out by wicket keeper Chakabva.
Brief score: Bangladesh: 276 for 9 in 50 overs, Tamim 73, Kayes 73, Mahmudullah 52, Mushfiq 28, Jongwe 2/50 and Cremer 2/53.
Zimbabwe: 215 for all out in 43.3 overs, Williams 64, Chigumbura 45, Waller 32, Ervine 21, Mustafizur 5/34. – News Desk

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