This whitewash will give Bangladeshi fans something to cheer about at the end of a dismal year © AFP
This whitewash will give Bangladeshi fans something to cheer about after a dismal cricketing year © AFP

Bangladesh clobbered Zimbabwe by 5-0 in the ODI series and managed to get a much needed winning momentum before the World Cup. Varun Arora looks at the best performances put up Bangladeshi players.

Shakib Al Hasan’s 101 and four-for: It was Shakib Al Hasan’s comeback in the One-Day International (ODI) cricket, after he was banned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Shakib put up a delightful performance both with bat and ball to propel Bangladesh to 87-run victory over Zimbabwe. Bangladesh middle-order had crashed following Mashrafe Mortaza’s team was put to bat. Shakib who came to bat at No.5 played a swashbuckling knock of 101 and settled the Bangladesh innings. When it came to bowling, Shakib returned with magnificent figures of four for 41. He also became the first Bangladesh to pick four wickets and score a century in the same match.

Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque’s 158-run opening stand: Tamim and Anamul Haque came up with a well stitched 158-run opening stand in the second ODI played at Chittagong. This was also the second highest opening stand for Bangladesh and the sixth highest partnership for any wicket in ODIs. In the end both went on to complete their respective half-centuries which fuelled Bangladesh to a total of 251.

Anamul Haque’s 95 at Mirpur: Anamul Haque was slow and patient as he reached to 95 in the third ODI at Mirpur. He was also involved in a 121-run opening partnership with Tamim and later carried on to steer the Bangladesh innings towards a challenging total of 297. His 95 came off 120 balls which were studded with a total of nine boundaries.

Arafat Sunny’s four-for in third ODI: Arafat Sunny, left-arm spinner impressed in the third ODI at Mirpur as he returned with a spell of four for 27. Zimbabwe who were put to a chase of 297 were jolted by some early blows Mashrafe Mortaza.  Sunny finished the Zimbabwe innings as he picked up the last three wickets in quick succession which lead Bangladesh to a 124-run win. These were also Sunny’s best figures in ODI cricket for Bangladesh.

Taijul Islam’s hat-trick on debut: Taijul Islam had earlier registered figures of eight for 39 against Zimbabwe in third Test which are also the best by a Bangladesh spinner in Test cricket. When Taijul was introduced to limited overs cricket, he produced another scintillating record. He became the only player to pick up a hat-trick on debut. The left-arm spinner was majestic as he returned with figures of four for 11.

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)