Zimbabwe batsmen came up with a spirited performance in the third and final ODI in a bid to avoid a whitewash at the hands of Bangladesh as they put up a mammoth 298 before being all out in 49.3 overs at Harare Sports Club today(Tuesday).
Bangladesh who had already won the series after beating Zimbabwe by 155 runs and three wickets in the first two matches, still could ooze with confidence, considering the fact that they have successfully chased 300 plus runs in ODI cricket four times, including one against Zimbabwe in the past.
Regis Chakabva who opened the innings paved the platform of the big total, hitting his career-best 84 off 91, which included seven fours and one six. Utilizing that platform to good effect, Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl hammered 112 off just 80 for their sixth-wicket stand to help the side propel past 300.
Burl also registered his highest score in ODI cricket, clobbering 59 off 43 which studded with four fours and as many sixes. Raza however blasted 57 off 54, clattering seven fours and one six.
The decision to open the innings with Chakabva was a masterstroke as Zimbabwe's top order struggled to make an impact against Bangladesh. After they were asked to bat first, Zimbabwe made a sedate start before Shakib Al Hasan broke through with the wicket of Tadiwanashe Marumani for 8.
Chakabva and captain Brendan Taylor kept the side stay in the contest with a 42-run partnership and looked dangerous in the process. However, Mahmudullah Riyad struck twice to help the side claw back into the contest, removing Taylor (34) and Dion Myers (34).
Mustafizur Rahman then took the scalp of Wessley Madhevere (3) who made a half-century in the last match.
Taskin Ahmed however got the prized scalp when he dismissed Chakabva as Bangladesh looked to take control. But the joy was short-lived as Raza and Burl came up with whirlwind batting to take Zimbabwe closer to 300.
Mustafizur then came back to break the dangerous 112-run partnership, getting rid of Raza before Saifuddin, who was bowling waywardly took three wickets in the penultimate over including the one of Burl to make it sure that Zimbabwe won’t go past 300 runs mark.
Mustafizur and Saifuddin ended with three wickets, giving away 57 and 87 runs respectively. Mahmudullah Riyad took 2-45 while Shakib Al Hasan and Taskin picked up one wicket apiece.