Zimbabwe – 298 all out in 49.3 over (Regis Source 84, Ryan Burl 59, Sikandar Raza 57; Mustafizur Rahman 3/57, Mohammad Saifuddin 3/87, Mahmudullah 2/45)
Bangladesh – 302-5 in 48 overs (Tamim Iqbal 112, Nurul Hasan 45 *, Liton Das 32; Wessly Madhevere 2/45, Donald Tiripano 2/61, Luke Jongwe 1/44)
Bangladesh won by five wickets
Regis Chakabva, Ryan Burl and Sikandar Raza marked a brilliant half-century to help Zimbabwe a total of 298, giving them a great chance to win over Bangladesh on the third and final international day at today’s Harare Sports Club.
However, when they chased the target, Bangladesh proved up to the task as they secured a five-wicket victory, led by their captain Tamim Iqbal for a century, thus winning the series by three games to nil.
Tourists won the draw and battled Zimbabwe in what soon proved to be the best batting ground in the series.
Zimbabwe made two changes, introducing Burl and Donald Tiripano for Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Richard Ngarava.
This time Chakabva was promoted to open the bar with Tadiwanashe Marumani.
Chakabva took a single and then played an excellent clip from his legs from Mohammad Saifuddin to the square leg border, and then cut another border beyond the point.
He then took two fours in three balls from Mustafizur Rahman, while Marumani, looking for a big hit on a Taskin Ahmed ball, landed a top edge that flew six over the slips.
Apart from that Marumani found it difficult to score and, using the sweep, found himself lbw at Shakib Al Hasan for eight out of 19 balls; 36 for one in the ninth over.
Brendan Taylor took care of the game and built a useful partnership with Chakabva.
They put together 42, and Taylor, now accelerating, had 28 when he drove to get caught in half by Mahmudullah’s bowling alley; 78 for two in the 18th over.
Dion Myers looked confident from the moment he stepped in and soon took to the field to lead Shakib over the long term for four.
The hundred team arrived after 22 overs, and then Chakabva reached his fifty, which came out 62 balls.
This partnership looked the most impressive yet, with both batters in complete control of bowling, as they were soon scoring nearly all balls.
However, just when the situation looked so good, Myers tried to cut a ball from Mahmudullah that was too full and too close for that shot, only to play it on his stumps.
He had scored 34 out of 38 in a partnership worth 71 points, and Zimbabwe were 149 for three in the 30th over.
Wessly Madhevere (3) did not last long, as he was fooled by a slower ball than Mustafizur and triggered a simple midwicket catch; 156 for four.
Immediately before halftime for the second drink, Chakabva’s excellent inning, his highest in ODI, came to an end, right after he landed a Taskin uppercut on the third man for six.
Unfortunately he was beaten by a yorker of the same bowler, trying to hit over the line and being clean at bowling for 84, which came out 91 balls and included seven fours and that six.
Zimbabwe now appeared to be losing their grip at 172 out of five in the 35th over.
Two new hitters were now in the fold in Raza and Burl.
Burl took some time to find his feet, but Raza started hitting superbly, playing all his shots and throwing a rare short ball from Shakib for a whopping six.
When Burl started playing a few hits successfully, Raza ran to his fifty out of 49 balls, a great inning at just the right time for the team.
This turned out to be Burl’s day as, in the 45th and 46th overs, he hit three big sixes on successive balls he faced, one on Mustafizur and two on Saifuddin.
Later in the latter’s over, which cost 22 points, he reached his fifty with only 38 balls.
In Mustafizur’s next round, Raza lost his wicket going for another big hit and throwing a catch in the blankets.
He scored 57 of 54 balls and the partnership had put up 112 for the sixth wicket in just 13 overs.
Burl hit six more to reach his highest ODI score of 59 out of 43 balls before being caught on the long edge: he hit four sixes and four fours and the total was 294 for seven in the 49th over.
Donald Tiripano has now joined Luke Jongwe and, having to hit everything at this stage, played his first ball on his stumps while looking for him out of the stump.
Two singles followed, and then Saifuddin took a third wicket in the over when Tendai Chatara (1) was also playing.
The final over came with the score of 296 for nine, but after a single to Jongwe and a wide, Mustafizur launched Blessing Muzarabani without scoring to finish the innings on 298, with three deliveries to spare.
The last five wickets had fallen in 13 legal deliveries, but Zimbabwe closed with a full fine.
Mustafizur finished with three wickets for 57 and Saifuddin with the remarkable three for 87 in eight overs.
After the break, Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal opened the serve for Bangladesh against Muzarabani and Chatara bowling.
Muzarabani conceded only a single from his first over, but Chatara went for 10, including Liton’s two fours.
The two batters were in excellent shape, and it soon became apparent that it would take some good bowling from Zimbabwe to keep them down.
Unfortunately, Chatara was unable to deliver this as Tamim hit him for a six and two straight fours, bringing the fifty after eight overs.
Tamim’s fifty came off 46 balls, with the Tiripano also proving expensive, but when Zimbabwe turned late to shoot, Madhevere’s breaks did the trick.
Liton went for the sweep and got a top edge, which Marumani captured behind the square leg: he made 32 balls out of 37 and the score was 88 for one in the 15th over.
Shakib, in the next one, was immediately approaching racing and took a long jump from Madhevere for six.
Both batters took nearly-at-leisure runs from the bowlers, promptly punishing too many shoddy balls, and it came as a surprise when Shakib hit a Jongwe ball quite loosely off the outside stump and was caught at the wicket on the inside edge for 30; 147 for two in the 26th over.
Mohammad Mithun played quietly as Tamim attacked the bowling alley, and an off-road for four out of the returning Chatara took him to his 14th century ODI, scoring just 87 balls.
The drinking break proved to be a useful ally for Zimbabwe as Tamim pushed a Tiripano balloon out of his stump and approached the goalkeeper.
He had scored 112 out of 97 balls, with eight fours and three sixes, and Bangladesh had 204 for three wickets.
Mahmudullah walked in and immediately Tiripano struck again, as the batter pushed his bat to the next ball, just off his stump, and got an inside edge that Chakabva held well down.
Tiripano made a hat-trick, but Nurul Hasan drove the ball over the point for a limit.
It didn’t take long for Mithun and Nurul to settle down together and soon scored smoothly across the pitch.
Nurul and Afif Hossain took their team home safely with five wickets, winning runs came with six straight and Afif’s four off Jongwe with two spare overs.
The final total was 302 for five wickets, with Nurul up 45 and Afif 26.
Madhevere was once again perhaps the most effective of bowlers, with two to 45 over 10 overs.
Tiripano also took two wickets, but it cost him 61 points and seven overs.
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