Bangladesh made it 3 wins in 3 matches after defeating Zimbabwe in the third and the final ODI at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong by 7 wickets. Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and decided to bowl first. Bangladesh handed Ariful Haque his ODI debut. Wellington Masakadza came in for Brandon Mavuta for the visitors.
Zimbabwe had a horrible start to their innings. The batting side lost two wickets, including their captain Hamilton Masakadza, for just 6 runs inside the first 3 overs. Zimbabwe’s ever reliable duo, Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams, came to the batting crease. Taylor looked to stay positive and counter attack the Bangladeshi bowlers where as Williams soaked in all the pressure. After a slow start in the first 10 overs, both the batsmen looked to increase the scoring rate. Taylor cleared the boundary ropes with ease as he reached to yet another ODI fifty. Williams too completed his half century during their partnership. The 132 runs stand was broken by Nazmul Islam when he dismissed Taylor for 75 in the 27th over. Sikandar Raza was now handed the responsibility to take the innings forward with Williams. Williams, now, was set on the crease and found boundaries at regular intervals. Raza too chipped in with timely fours. Islam got his second wicket of the innings and got the breakthrough again. This time it was Raza who had to perish. Williams completed a well deserved century, his second in ODIs, after nudging a single of Mahmudullah. Peter Moore was the last wicket to fall for the visitors. Two tight overs at the end helped the hosts to restrict Zimbabwe to 285 runs in their innings.
Just like Zimbabwe’s batting innings, Bangladesh’s innings too started in a bad manner. Kyle Jarvis struck on the first delivery of the innings to remove the in form Liton Das for a duck. Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar were asked to engineer the innings for the hosts. And both the batsmen obliged. Both the left handers played risk free strokes to keep pace with the required run rate. After an edgy start, both of them got the better of bowlers and mustered 80 runs in the mandatory powerplay period. No Zimbabwean bowler had an answer to the onslaught carried on by both the southpaws. 8 fours and 5 sixes helped Sarkar to reach to his second ODI century. Hamilton Masakadza was successful in removing Sarkar but the damage had been done by then. Both the batsmen had added 220 runs before Sarkar was removed. Imrul Kayes got his second century of the series after a short while. Mushfiqur Rahim guided the hosts to a victory, despite them losing Kayes, in the 43rd over with 7 wickets remaining.
This is now Zimbabwe’s 13th consecutive ODI loss as well as their 13th straight loss against Bangladesh in this format of the game. Talking about Bangladesh, this whitewash will give them a lot of confidence. Imrul Kayes created history by becoming the leading run scorer(345 runs) in a 3 match bilateral series for Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe: 286-5(50 o.)
Sean Williams: 129(143)
Brendan Taylor: 75(72)
Nazmul Islam: 8-0-58-2.
Bangladesh: 288-3(42.1 o.)
Soumya Sarkar: 117(92)
Imrul Kayes: 115(112)
Hamilton Masakadza: 1-0-3-1.
Man of The Match: Soumya Sarkar.
Man of The Series: Imrul Kayes.
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