Zimbabwe sealed the ODI series in style with one game to spare against Bangladesh, the first in nine years after a wondrous chase in Harare.
Having won the five successful bilateral series, the Tigers finally got the taste of defeat against Zimbabwe that no one has ever thought of. Bangladesh won the last ODI series against West Indies in West Indies.
Bangladesh cricket team not only lost the ODI series against Zimbabwe but also proved the necessity of improvements, especially on the fielding and bowling side. Though they claim themselves playing in their strongest format.
According to the Sportnews BD experts, Bangladesh couldn’t show proper teamwork, lacked body fitness while chasing a ball towards the boundary, and the variation of deliveries from the bowlers in death overs.
After a long period of time, we have seen the Bangladesh team in a vulnerable position. Though no one didn’t expect it.
In today’s match, Bangladesh again lost the toss and was invited to bat. They had their left-hand, right-hand combination in the opening and it seemed perfect as long as the skipper Tamim was in the crease.
Tamim Iqbal struck 11 boundaries to complete his fifty but he was cut short in his fifty. Tamim’s dismissal slowed down the Bangladesh innings despite their non-soporific batting.
Despite two fifty runs partnerships between the third and fifth wicket couldn’t accelerate the pace of the innings, and their run rate was stuck below 6, which was above 6 in the first ten overs. The credit goes to the Zimbabwean bowlers who restricted batsmen to go for boundaries. Their off-spinners took five crucial wickets, 3 for Raza, and 2 for Madhevere.
A late firing from Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh bag 84 runs in the last 10 overs and finally they set a target of 291 runs.
Zimbabwe had the worst start as they lost 2 early wickets within three overs and Hasan Mahmud had both the batsmen caught behind the wicket. The host lost four wickets within 50 runs.
In today’s match, Sikandar Raza once again came as a savior for Zimbabwe when the required run rate was hovering around 7.50 in an over. He along with Chakabva went after Bangladeshi bowlers and didn’t give any room to the bowlers despite a run-out chance in which Raza survived as Miraz failed to connect the ball with stumps at the non-striker’s end.
Raza picked up his second consecutive hundred and ensured the victory with 15 balls remaining. Before Raza, Chakabva made his maiden ODI hundred, which came up in 73 balls, the fastest by a Zimbabwe batters.