A win for Bangladesh over Zimbabwe just prevented them from being whitewashed. After losing the first two matches against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh finally got a victory today as they won the third ODI of the series by 105 runs. Bangladeshi dominated in this match to beat the home team. Mustafizur Rahman took four wickets alone for Bangladesh.
Sikandar Raza, the captain of Zimbabwe, won the toss and opted to bowl first in the final match of the series. So, Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque Bijoy started the batting innings for Bangladesh. Both batsmen were looking good on the crease. It seemed they were going to make a big partnership. But after being run out, captain Tamim Iqbal left the field in the 9th over.
After that, Bangladesh lost two more wickets in the 10th over as Brad Evans picked up Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mushfiqur Rahim. Both batters returned to the pavilion without scoring any runs. However, Anamul Haque continued performing well as he did in the previous two matches. He made a brilliant partnership with the new batter, Mahmudullah Riyad. Together they added 77 runs on the scoreboard.
Anamul’s superb innings ended in the 25th over with 76 runs. A few overs later, Mahmudullah also followed the same path. But Afif Hossain played a crucial role at that time. His unbeaten 85 off 81 balls helped Bangladesh to set a target of 257 runs for the home team.
Defending the small target, Bangladesh got a fantastic start as Hasan Mahmud picked up T. Kaitano in the very first over. Zimbabwe also lost another wicket in the next over. Due to the aggression of Bangladeshi bowlers, Zimbabwe lost six wickets before 50 runs. Zimbabwe’s captain Sikandar Raza failed to open the scoresheet as he departed the pitch without scoring any runs.
However, Clive Madande tried to make resistance in the middle order. But he couldn’t go far. Madande lost his wicket in the 23rd over after scoring 24 runs. The match was under Bangladesh’s control at that time. But, Richard Ngarava and Victor Nyauchi added 77 runs in the last wicket. However, Mustafizur Rahman broke their partnership by taking the wicket of Victor Nyauchi. As a result, Bangladesh won the third ODI by 105 runs.