10 Aug 2022, 13:28
Update : 10 Aug 2022, 20:29

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 
to 7-2.
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 
five-wicket margin.
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 
wicket each. 
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. 

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