HARARE: Captain Tamim Iqbal hit his fastest century in One-day International cricket as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by five wickets to complete a 3-0 series whitewash on Tuesday.
Tamim shared an opening stand of 88 with Liton Das (32), while player-of-the-series Shakib Al Hasan (30), Mohammad Mithun (30) and Nurul Hasan (45 not out) were the other notable run-scorers. The visitors reached 302-5 and won with 12 balls to spare.
After Zimbabwe were bowled out for 298 in what looked like a competitive total at Harare Sports Club, player-of-the-match Tamim smashed an 87-ball hundred, reaching his 14th ODI century with one of his eight boundaries. He also hit three sixes by the time he was out for 112 off 97.
It was his last action for Bangladesh for at least two months. He returns home on Wednesday to rest a knee injury he has managed since April in order to be fit for the Twenty20 World Cup in October. He will miss the Zimbabwe the T20 International series, and home series against Australia and New Zealand.
Zimbabwe had hopes of a consolation victory after losing the first two ODIs when they were sent into bat and came close to a 300-run tally.
Zimbabwe’s total was built around opener Regis Chakabva’s highest ODI score of 84 from 91 deliveries, a calculated innings that ended on the first ball of the 35th over when he was clean bowled by seamer Taskin Ahmed.
Sikandar Raza (57) and Ryan Burl (59) rescued Zimbabwe’s fragile batting in the middle order with a partnership of 112 for the sixth wicket.
Pacers Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets apiece.
Bangladesh also defeated Zimbabwe by 220 runs in their one-off Test. The teams meet in T20s on Thursday, Friday and Sunday at the same venue.
R.W. Chakabva b Taskin 84
T. Marumani lbw b Shakib 8
B.R.M. Taylor c Tamim b Mahmudullah 28
D.N. Myers b Mahmudullah 34
W. Madhevere c Shakib b Mustafizur 3
Sikandar Raza c Mosaddek b Mustafizur 57
R.P. Burl c Liton b Saifuddin 59
L.M. Jongwe not out 4
D.T. Tiripano b Saifuddin 0
T.L. Chatara b Saifuddin 1
B. Muzarabani b Mustafizur 0
EXTRAS (LB-2, W-18) 20
TOTAL (all out, 49.3 overs) 298
FALL OF WKTS: 1-36, 2-78, 3-149, 4-156, 5-172, 6-284, 7-294, 8-294, 9-296.
BOWLING: Taskin Ahmed 10-1-48-1 (2w); Mohammad Saifuddin 8-0-87-3 (3w); Mustafizur Rahman 9.3-0-57-3 (3w); Mahmudullah 10-0-45-2; Shakib Al Hasan
10-0-46-1 (2w); Mosaddek Hossain 2-0-13-0.
Liton Das c Marumani b Madhevere 32
Tamim Iqbal c Chakabva b Tiripano 112
Shakib Al Hasan c Chakabva b Jongwe 30
Mohammad Mithun c Chatara b Madhevere 30
Mahmudullah c Chakabva b Tiripano 0
Nurul Hasan not out 45
Afif Hossain not out 26
EXTRAS (B-4, LB-1, W-20, NB-2) 27
TOTAL (for five wkts, 48 overs) 302
FALL OF WKTS: 1-88, 2-147, 3-204, 4-204, 5-268.
DID NOT BAT: Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.
BOWLING: Muzarabani 8-0-43-0 (1w); Chatara 8-0-56-0; Jongwe 7-0-44-1 (2w); Tiripano 7-0-61-2 (2nb, 4w); Madhevere 10-0-45-2 (1w); Sikandar Raza 5-0-23-0; Burl 3-0-25-0 (3w).
RESULT: Bangladesh won by five wickets to win three-match series 3-0.
UMPIRES: I. Chabi (Zimbabwe) and M. Erasmus (South Africa).
TV UMPIRE: L. Rusere (Zimbabwe).
MATCH REFEREE: A.J. Pycroft (Zimbabwe).
PLAYER-OF-THE-MATCH: Tamim Iqbal.
PLAYER-OF-THE-SERIES: Shakib Al Hasan.
FIRST MATCH: Harare, Bangladesh won by 155 runs.
SECOND MATCH: Harare, Bangladesh won by three wickets.
Published in Dawn, July 21st, 2021