Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
Bangladesh : 322/3 in 43 overs (43 overs per side) (Liton 176, Tamim 128*, Afif 7; Mumba 3/69)
Zimbabwe : 218/10 in 37.3 overs (Raza 61, Madhevere 42, Chakavba 34; Saifuddin 4/41, Taijul 2/38, Afif 1/12)
Result : Bangladesh won by 123 runs (D/L).
Player of the Match : Liton Kumar Das.
Bangladesh have wrapped up the ODI series against Zimbabwe with a stunning victory in Sylhet thanks to Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal’s heroics. Reduced to a 43 overs match due to rain, Tigers defeated the visitors by 123 runs. With this match, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza ended his stint as the ODI skipper as the most successful captain in this format. It was Mashrafe’s 50th win as the ODI captain.
Earlier, Zimbabwe put Bangladesh into bat first after winning the toss. Four changes were made in the playing eleven from the last match. Debutans Naim Sheikh, Afif Hossain came to the side alongside Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman to replace Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain.
Tamim and Liton both of them were their absolute best from the beginning as the pair scored runs for fun at the both end. Rain stopped the play for a while and reduced the match to 43 overs. Tamim and Liton then resumed the innings and both went onto pick up their second century in the innings.
Liton was more destructive as he punished the Zimbabwe bowlers to score the highest ODI knock among the Bangladeshi batsmen. Liton was finally dismissed after scoring 176 off 143 balls. Tamim on the other end remained unbeaten on 128 and powered Bangladesh to post 322 for 3 in 43 overs.
Chasing a revised target of 342, Zimbabwe faced the first setback when they lost Tinashe in the first over by Mashrafe. Madhevere, Chkavba and Williams all got the start but failed to play the big innings which their side needed in the chase. Bowlers kept taking regular wickets as Zimbabwe never looked threatening in any stage of the innings. Sikandar put some fightback with but his knock only reduced the defeat margin.
Zimbabwe were eventually all out for 218. Saifuddin garbbed 4 wickets for 41.