Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh © AFP
Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh © AFP

The third and final One-day International (ODI) between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe saw a scenario very similar to the first two matches as Zimbabwe bowlers got hammered by the two Bangladesh openers Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal at Mirpur. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. Both the openers looked confident as they started hitting boundaries from the very beginning. Zimbabwe bowlers failed to produce much chance and the Bangladesh batsmen kept on playing with more ease. Poor piece of captaincy from Elton Chigumbura as he failed to rotate the bowlers properly as well as failed to place he fielders. Live Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2015, 3rd ODI at Mirpur

Sikandar Raza’s two efforts were wasted as there were no slips placed. Kayes and Iqbal went on to score their individual 50 runs as Bangladesh went past 100. Zimbabwe got their first success after 27 overs as Sikandar Raza dismissed Imrul Kayes for 73. Tamim Iqbal also followed him soon after as he also made the same amount of runs. Wickets kept falling in regular intervals after that and at a point Bangladesh lost 3 wickets within 5 overs. Mahmudullah took care of the lower order batting henceforth as he stayed in the crease and kept on scoring while moving towards his half century. Mahmudullah hit 52 off just 40 deliveries as Bangladesh got a good boost of runs.

Amongst Zimbabwe bowlers, Luke Jongwe and Graeme Cremer have been the most successful as they took a couple of wickets both. But the wickets came quite late as by the time Bangladesh had already scored a decent runs and looked unstoppable. Another matter of concern for the visitors is their poor form in batting. None of the batsmen have been able to put up an impactful performance till now in the series apart from skipper Elton Chigumbura which they need to improvise.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 276 for 9 (Tamim Iqbal  73, Imrul Kayes 73; Luke Jongwe 2 for 50) vs Zimbabwe

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