Mustafizur four-for, Anamul, Afif fifties hand Bangladesh a consolation win

Mustafizur:  Zimbabwe missed out on a clean sweep after being bowled out for 151 in a 257-run chase.

Zimbabwe came close to completing a clean sweep as Bangladesh destroyed them by 105 runs in the third One-Day International in Harare. The visitors performed better with the ball as the home team was bowled out for 151 runs after Bangladesh reached 256 for 9 thanks to fifty-plus scores from Anamul Haque and Afif Hossain.

Bangladesh had no response to Bangladesh’s effective all-around bowling on Wednesday, despite the fact that it was Bangladesh’s lowest score in the series after scoring 303 and 290 in the previous two games. Mustafizur Rahman got four wickets after Ebadot Hossain and Taijul Islam each gave him two.

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The 68-run tenth wicket stand between Nos. 10 and 11, Richard Ngarava and Victor Nyauchi, who struck 34 and 26 respectively while Zimbabwe was reeling at 83 for 9, caused the victory to be postponed. The two of them had the best tenth-wicket stand for Zimbabwe in ODIs, hitting nine fours and two sixes.

The hosts had a wobbly start to the chase. Openers Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Tadiwanashe Marumani fell in the first two overs. Hasan Mahmud trapped Kaitano lbw while Marumani needlessly charged at and missed and was bowled by Mehidy Hasan Miraz. The openers’ total of 32 runs in the series is the lowest for any team that has won an ODI series. The previous lowest was the Indian openers’ making of 37 runs against England during their 2017 series.

Ebadot then put the mockers on the Zimbabwe line-up with a double-wicket over that included the prized scalp of Sikandar Raza. After removing Wessly Medhevere with one that bounced awkwardly, Ebadot yorked Raza for a first-ball duck.

The following two wickets were also quickly taken by Taijul. In the ninth over, he dismissed Innocent Kaia for 10, then Tony Munyonga was stumped for 13. Following that, Mustafizur took three wickets in the span of five deliveries. Before Luke Jongwe, who was making his debut, skied one after making 24, Clive Madande holed out to sweeper cover. Brad Evans top-edged a slower ball to point later in the same over.

When Mustafizur bowled Nyauchi for his fourth wicket, Zimbabwe had been all out for 151.

The crowds were thick, especially after Tamim Iqbal’s rocky start. Tamim was on 19 when he was run out in the ninth over following a nasty mix-up with Anamul.

Zimbabwe scored thrice in the following over to further unsettle the guests. Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mushfiqur Rahim for ducks; Shanto was caught at point while Richard Ngarava, who was racing in from deep third, caught Mushfiqur’s uppercut.

However, Anamul gave Bangladesh some momentum with a 77-run fourth-wicket partnership with Mahmudullah. In his 71-ball 76, Anamul struck six fours and four sixes; his first six over extra cover was off Ngarava immediately after Tamim was dismissed. In his subsequent over, he struck Evans for two more sixes over square leg after hooking the same bowler. However, Jongwe caught him with a beautiful delivery to remove him, giving Clive Madande his maiden ODI catch.

Shortly after, Innocent Kaia dropped Afif on two of his bowls, costing Zimbabwe an opportunity. Before Ngarava caught Mahmudullah dragging onto his stumps in the 35th over, Afif and Mahmudullah had added 49 runs to the score. Mahmudullah scored only 39 runs off of 69 balls.

In the final eight overs, Afif had only the tail for company after a brief collaboration with Mehidy. While farming the strike with wild swishes and dropping wickets at the other end, he hit a few boundaries. He scored 85 runs off 81 balls while remaining unbeaten, helping Bangladesh reach a total that was successful. He smashed six fours and two sixes.

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