Raza, Chakabva`s tons help Zimbabwe to clinch ODI series...

Raza, Chakabva`s tons help Zimbabwe to clinch ODI series

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:28 PM, 7 August 2022   Updated: 09:46 PM, 7 August 2022

Raza, Chakabva`s tons help Zimbabwe to clinch ODI series

Raza, Chakabva`s tons help Zimbabwe to clinch ODI series

Centuries from skipper Regis Chakabva and Sikandar Raza guided host Zimbabwe to beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets and clinch the ODI series with one match to spare. With the victory, Zimbabwe won an ODI series against Bangladesh after 2013. Regis Chakabva scored  102 off 75, his innings adorned with 10 fours and 2 sixes and Sikandar Raza remained not out scoring 117 off 127.

Earlier, after winning the toss Zimbabwe skipper Regis Chakabva invited Bangladesh to bat first and they post 290/9 in 50 overs thanks to fifties from Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal. In reply, Zimbabwe scored 291/5 and chased it down with 15 balls to spare.

Chasing the target, Zimbabwe lost opener Takudzwanashe Kaitano (0) in the third ball of the innings and the last match centurion Innocent Kaia (7) in the third over. They reduced to 4-49 when Tadiwanashe Marumani (25) was sent off by Taijul Islam. 

From here, Sikandar Raza and skipper Regis Chakabva pulled out Zimbabwe to win the match. They added 201 runs for the fifth wicket stand before the latter got out off Mehidy Hasan Miraz. He scored 102 off just 75 balls with the help of 10 fours and two sixes. 

Raza did the rest with Tony Munyonga (30 off 16) and left the field as winner. Raza remained not out scoring 117 off 127, his innings adorned with 8 fours and 4 sixes.

For Bangladesh, Hasan Mahmud and Mehidy Hasan Miraz bagged 2 wickets apiece while Taijul Islam took the other wicket.

Earlier, Mahmudullah Riyad hit an unbeaten 80 and skipper Tamim Iqbal struck a fluent 50 as Bangladesh compiled 290-9 in the second ODI of the three-match series against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club today.

The game was a ‘do or die game for Bangladesh after they lost the first game by five wickets despite putting up 303-2 on the board.

Mahmudullah’s 80 not out came off 84 balls with the help of three fours and as many sixes. But despite his presence, Bangladesh scored just 44 runs in the last five overs against an inexperienced Zimbabwe bowling attack that included two debutant bowlers—Brad Evans and Tony Munyonga.

However, they comparatively were better than in the first game in which they made 39 runs in the last five overs.

Zimbabwe captain Regis Chakabva once again won the toss and opted to bowl first in a bid to win their first ever ODI bilateral series against Bangladesh after 2013.

The Tigers which made three changes for this crucial game got a good start thanks to the captain Tamim, who faced 45 balls for his 50, that studded with 10 fours and one six. It meant Tamim’s 46 runs came from just 11 balls while the rest of the 34 balls fetched him just four runs. It again brought Tamim’s failure to rotate the scoreboard to the fore.

His opening partner Anamul Haque Bijoy scored 20 off 25 as the opening partnership put up 71 in  11 overs.

Tamim and Bijoy’s departure in the space of three overs left Bangladesh in trouble as the scoreboard lost its pace. Both Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mushfiqur Rahim, the key batters of the middle order got their start but were dismissed on 38 and 25 runs respectively.

Mahmudullah then took the onus alongside Afif Hossain who was more fluent than his senior colleague. Afif’s run-a-ball-41 was key in helping the side take closer to 300 runs mark.

Mahmudullah whose 26th half-century came off 69 balls tried to push for a big shot in the last powerplay but he failed to score as was expected on the benign pitch.

Zimbabwe earlier made five changes from their winning first ODI squad in a bid to make some experiments against an experienced team.

Sikandar Raza, the first game hero however was their most successful bowler in this game with 3-56 while Wessly Madhevere took 2-40.

The last match of the series will be held on August 10 at the same venue.