Arnav Chopra ∙ Aug 10 2022, 8:16 PM | 2 Min Read

Bangladesh wins the final match but Zimbabwe keep the series

Bangladesh wins the dead-rubber against Zimbabwe by 105 runs but loses the three-match ODI series 2-1.

image-l6npylvfBangladesh striked early with four wickets

After winning the toss, Zimbabwe opted to bowl against the Tigers on a wicket that they expected to offer some swing and bounce, at least in the early stage of the match, considering the freshness of the wicket.

Bangladesh had a good start to their innings with Tamim Iqbal (19) and Anamul Haque (76) going strong till the eighth over when a run-out mixup between the duo caused the former to return back to the pavilion with 41 on the board. Two more wickets fell in the same over to Brad Evans in a flash, and the scorecard read 47/3 within ten overs. 

The good thing for the visitors was their opener Haque was still on the crease when former T20 skipper Mahmudullah Riyad (39) came to accompany him, and they stitched together a 77-run stand for the fourth wicket. With the departure of their opener, the next man who came to the rescue was Afif Hossain (85), whose resistance from one end held their innings together with wickets falling from the other end. 

At the halfway mark of the match, Bangladesh could manage 256 for the loss of nine wickets, with Brad Evans and Luke Jongwe picking two wickets each. 

Bangladeshi bowlers display clear dominance

In pursuit of the Asian side's target of 257, the Chevrons lost their first wicket Takudzwanashe Kaitano (5), in the first over, courtesy of Hasan Mahmud. 

Following the first, the rest started to follow the trait and soon, they were reduced to 31/5 inside nine overs, with debutant Ebadot Hossain chipping in with two crucial wickets of Wesley Madhevere and Sikandar Raza.

The destruction didn't stop there as they lost four more wickets with just 83 on the scorecard. Requiring 174 from 27 overs for victory, the pair of Richard Ngarava (34*) and Victor Nyauchi (26) did show some resistance, adding 68 for the final wicket, but that wasn't enough as Mustafizur Rahman's four-fer was too good for them.

Bangladesh did triumph in the final match, but the damage was already done as the home side clinched the series 2-1 after beating them in the T20I series.

Brief Scores: 

Bangladesh: 256/9 (50)

Afif Hossain 85* (81), Anamul Haque 76 (71);
Luke Jongwe 2/38 (6), Brad Evans 2/53 (8)

Zimbabwe: 151/10 (32.2)

Richard Ngarava 34* (27), Victor Nyauchi 26 (31);
Mustafizur Rahman 4/17 (5.2), Taijul Islam 2/34 (9)

Match Result: Bangladesh won by 105 runs.

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