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14 July 2021
Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal finally hit form as he hit a fine century to lead his team to a five-wicket win in the third and final ODI of the three-match series against hosts Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club.
With this win, Bangladesh registered a 3-0 whitewash over the Brendan Taylor led team, which was playing in absence of regular skipper Sean Williams who was ruled out due to injury. Along with the whitewash, the Tigers gained valuable 10 Cricket World Cup Super League points to remain at the top of the table.
Chasing a huge total of 299, the Bangladeshi team started off brilliantly with the opening pair of Liton Das and Tamim adding 88 in the first 14 overs. Even as Liton was removed by Wesley Madhevere, the best Zimbabwean bowler on the day, the Men in Green and Red continued powering on. Tamim then got useful contributions from Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Mithun to get to his hundred.
However, there came a turn in the game when the match would have gone to any side when both Tamim and Mahmudullah got out in two successive deliveries from Donald Tiripano and the Tigers still needed 95 to win from 96 balls.
However new batsmen in Nurul Hasan showed exactly why he was picked into the squad after a gap of almost five years as he took the attack to the opposition scoring a quickfire 45 from 39 balls to lead his team to the victory. He was well supported by Afif Hossain who hit 26 off just 17 balls and continued his good form in the series.
Earlier in the day, after winning the toss Bangladesh asked Zimbabwe to bat first and Regis Chakabava accepted the offer with open hands hitting his highest individual ODI score of 84 off just 91 balls.
Later on, quick fifties from Sikandar Raza (57 off 54) and Ryan Burl (59 off 43) helped the team in Red and Gold get past 270 and then target even 300. Hadn’t Mohammad Saifuddin got three wickets in the 49th over, it was very much possible. Zimbabwe lost their last five wickets under 14 runs and 12 balls.
While Tamim was announced Man of the Match, Shakib, for his 145 runs and eight wickets in the three matches was adjudged Man of the Series. The two teams will now compete in the three-match T20I series starting Thursday, July 22.