Afif, Bijoy help Bangladesh avoid whitewash
DHAKA, Aug 10, 2022 (BSS) - Afif Hossain and Anamul Haque
Bijoy hit half-centuries as Bangladesh avoided the ignominious
whitewash, securing a 105-run win over Zimbabwe in the third and
final ODI today at Harare Sports Club today.
After losing the T20 series by 2-1, Bangladesh now also conceded
the ODI series by the same margin. While T20 series loss was their
first ever at the hands of Zimbabwe, the ODI series defeat was their
first ever after nine years.
However, the victory not only helped them to avoid the whitewash
after 21 years at the hands of Zimbabwe but also gave them a win
in their 400th ODI.
Bijoy struck 76 off 71, smashing six fours and four sixes while Afif
hit 81 ball-85 not out with the help of six fours and two sixes as
Bangladesh piled up 256-9 after being asked to bat first.
Bangladesh bowlers then bowled in a disciplined channel to bowl
Zimbabwe out for 151 in 32.2 overs.
Musrtafizur Rahman claimed 4-17 while Ebadot Hossain, on his
debut and Taijul Islam snapped up two wickets apiece. Mehidy
Hasan Miraz and Hasan Mahmud took one wicket each.
Ebadot indeed was instrumental in the victory on his debut match
as he took the prized scalp of Sikandar Raza who smashed
consecutive two unbeaten centuries in Zimbabwe’s victory in the
first two matches, which won them the series.
Pacer Hasan Mahmud and offspinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz struck
in the first two overs, removing openers Takudzwanashe Kaitano
for duck and Tadiwanaseh Marumani for 1 as Zimbabwe were left
Ebadot then dealt a double, dismissing Wessly Madhevere (1) and
Sikandar Raza for a golden duck in the consecutive deliveries.
Raza’s dismissal made Bangladesh clearly the favourite to win the
game. Raza smacked 135 not out and 117 not out in the first two
matches to help the side win the first two matches by an identical
With 18-4 in just sixth over, there was no way for Zimbabwe to
come back like the first two matches as there was no Raza for them
this time around.
Mustafizur Rahman got into the act, slicing the middle order before
the last wicket pair of Richard Nagarava and Victory Nyauchi
resisted. But their 68- run partnership, which was Zimbabwe’s
highest run in the 10th wicket reduced the margin and helped the
side go past 100 runs, which looked unlikely.
Earlier, Bijoy and Afif were the keys in helping Bangladesh propel
past 250 runs mark, which looked unlikely at the placid deck after
yet another dismal batting performance of the senior batters.
No other batters however could complement the effort of Afif and
Bijoy but that mattered little in the end.
Though Bijoy started well, his captain Tamim Iqbal once again,
played a slow-paced innings before being out on 19 off 30.
Zimbabwe fast bowler Brad Evans, playing his only second match,
dealt blow twice in his one over, removing Najmul Hossain Shanto
and Mushfiqur Rahim. Both were dismissed for a duck.
After bringing up his fifth half-century, Bijoy then failed to convert
it into a hundred as Luke Jongwe got the better of him.
Afif and Mahmudullah Riyad resisted but the latter, a senior batter
of the side, batted too snail's pace that it made an adverse impact
on the board.
When Richard Ngarava took Mahmudullah out, he was 39 for
which he played 69 deliveries.
However Afif’s one-man show at the death took Bangladesh past
250 runs mark and in the process, he raised his third half-century.
Evans and Jongwe were the most successful bowler for Zimbabwe
with two wickets apiece while Ngarava and Sikandar Raza took one
Bangladesh were 2-0 down in the series after losing the first two
games by an identical five wickets margin. It was their first series
defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe after nine years. Earlier they lost
the three-match T20 International series by 2-1, which was also
their first ever series defeat against Zimbabwe in the shortest
format of cricket.