Zimbabwe registered a much needed 31-run victory against Bangladesh in the third T20I © Getty Images (File Photo)
Zimbabwe registered a much needed 31-run victory against Bangladesh in the third T20I © Getty Images (File Photo)

An all-round performance by the visiting Zimbabwe team helped them achieve their first victory in the tour against hosts Bangladesh in the third Twenty20 International (T20I) at Khulna. Zimbabwe started off strong as the openers started hitting fearlessly from the very beginning of their batting innings. Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza’s decision of electing to bat was rightly supported by the batsmen as they didn’t let down the spectator. The Khulna crowd saw a remarkable innings from Vusi Sibanda who made sure boundaries came in every over. Sibanda made an important 44 off 33 with the help of 6 fours and a massive sixer. FULL SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2016, 3rd T20I at Khulna

Other batsmen also contributed with their bit of batting while massive contributions towards the end of the innings came from Malcolm Waller and Sean Williams. While Williams scored a 26-ball 32, Waller missed on his half century narrowly as he departed scoring 49 off 23 with the help of 2 fours and 4 sixes. FULL UPDATES: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2015-16, 3rd T20I at Khulna

Bangladesh saw four of their players make international debut on Wednesday. While debutants Muktar Ali and Mosaddek Hossain remained unsuccessful with the ball, Abu Hider took a couple of wickets and Mohammad Shahid bagged one.

Shakib Al Hasan achieved a rare feat during the match as he became the member of the club with 8000 international runs and 400 international wickets. Shakib took his 400th wicket in the match as he removed Richmond Mutumbami for 20 and became the sixth player to do so, the most recent being Shahid Afridi.

Chasing the target, Bangladesh couldn’t do much as the Zimbabwe bowlers did a wonderful job defending their total. The hosts lost a wicket in their very first over as Tendai Chisoro bowled Imrul Kayes for a solitary run. The Bangladesh innings looked a bit stable after that as Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman built up a good performance. While Sarkar departed making 25, Sabbir remained at the crease to score 50 runs. After theses two batsmen departed, Bangladesh couldn’t do much barring Nurul Hasan who scored 30 runs but couldn’t save his side from a 31-run defeat. The most disappointing performance came from Shakib Al Hasan as he departed making only 3. Bangladesh’s innings came to an end with 156 runs for 6 wickets chasing Zimababwe’s 187/6.

For Zimbabwe, it was Graeme Cremer who too 3 crucial wickets for just 18 runs. Another important contribution came from Sikandar Raza who took 2 for 7 runs. Malcolm Waller was handed the Man of the Match award for his 49. With the win, Zimbabwe come back in the series despite Bangladesh’s 2-1 lead.

Brief Scores:

Zimbabwe 187/6 (Malcolm Waller 49, Vusi Sibanda 44; Shakib Al Hasan 3 for 40) won by 31 runs against Bangladesh 156/6 (Sabbir Rahman 50, Nurul Hasan 30; Grame Cremer 3 for 18)

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(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)