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Mustafizur, openers complete Banglawash

Mustafizur, openers complete Banglawash
Tamim Iqbal registered a man-of-the-match performance as Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe for the third time in series in Mirpur.
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Bangladesh 276-9 (Tamim Iqbal 73) beat
Zimbabwe 215 (Williams 64) by 61 runs
Third One-Day International, Mirpur

Mustafizur Rahman ran through Zimbabwe's batting line-up ending up with a five-wicket haul to dismiss them for 215 securing a 61-run victory for Bangladesh in the third One-Day International in Mirpur and thereby winning the series 3-0.

Mustafizur cleaned up the opening pair and later dismissed Sikandar Raza and Luke Jongwe later, ending up with figures of five for 34 to complete the whitewash for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh won the toss and they had no hesitation in batting first and both theteams were unchanged.

Tamim Iqbal (73) and Imrul Kayes (73) started by hitting a boundary each before the fourth over and Kayes followed it up with a six while Iqbal struck two more boundaries.

In the powerplay phase, Bangladesh reached 47 for no loss before Kayes brought up the 50-run opening stand with a six and topped it off with a boundary.

In the 13th over, Kayes survived when Graeme Cremer (2-53) dropped a catch at backward point.

Kayes tried to get down the track in the 22nd over, but edged one to the keeper, who failed to whip off the bails. The appeal from Zimbabwe was turned down, but replays showed an edge so he could consider himself fortunate.

Kayes brought up his half-century in the next over in 76 balls. A couple of deliveries later, Kayes and Iqbal brought up their 100-run opening stand.

Soon, Iqbal also went past his fifty. Raza (1-48) broke the 147-run opening stand by having Kayes stumped after beating him in the flight.

A few overs later, Cremer found some extra bounce which beat Iqbal’s attempted cut shot and the wicket-keeper executed a stumping.

In the 38th over, Liton Das (17) chipped a catch straight to mid-off, but the Zimbabwe captain shelled a relatively simple chance.

Malcolm Waller (1-24) struck with the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim (28) in the same over – the third stumping by the wicket-keeper and the first time the top three batsmen have been stumped in an ODI.

With 10 overs left in the innings, Bangladesh were positioned at 205 for three.

Cremer got his second wicket when Das drove a delivery into the covers where Wellington Masakadza, the substitute fielder, took a good catch.

Jongwe’s (2-50) double strike in the next over dismissed Sabbir Rahman (1) and Nasir Hossain (0) - both caught at point.

Mahmudullah (52) attempted a quick run but Mashrafe Mortaza (16) did not respond, a direct hit catching Mahmudullah short only for replays to show that thewicket-keeper Regis Chakabva had disturbed the bails with his gloves before the ball struck the stumps. After some deliberation, the third umpire and the on-field umpires recalled Mahmudullah, which didn’t go down well with the Zimbabwe players.

Riding on Mahmudullah’s fifty, Bangladesh managed to add 71 runs in the last 10 overs to push their total to 276 for nine.

Jongwe and Cremer got two wickets each while Tinashe Panyangara (1-49), Raza and Waller had one victim apiece.

Zimbabwe got off to a poor start as Mustafizur (5-34) dismissed Chamu Chibhabha (4) with the second delivery of the innings.

Their 39-run stand came to an end when Mustafizur had Chakabva caught at cover and a couple of overs later Nasir (1-36) had Ervine trapped lbw to leave Zimbabwe reeling at 47 for three.

Sean Williams (64) and Elton Chigumbura (45) stitched an 80-run stand and that was followed by another 59-run stand between Williams and Malcolm Waller (32) to take Zimbabwe to 186 for four in the 36th over.

Williams brought up his half-century in 65 deliveries but Sabbir (1-12) and Al-Amin Hossain (1-44) got rid of Chigumbura and Waller to leave Williams stranded at one end.

Mortaza (1-40) came back to dismiss Williams in the 37th over with Zimbabwe needing 88 more to win from the last 13 overs to win with four wickets in hand.

However, Mustafizur cleaned up Raza (9) and Jongwe (11) in successive deliveries and followed it up with the wicket of Panyangara (3) to complete his five-wicket haul.

Zimbabwe were eventually bowled out for 215, falling short of Bangladesh's total by 61 runs thereby handing a 3-0 series victory to the hosts.

Mustafizur was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets while the rest managed a wicket apiece.

Iqbal was declared the man of the match while Rahim bagged the man-of-the-series award.

The teams will now be locking horns for the two-match Twenty20 International series which gets underway on 13th November in Mirpur.

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