After a year-long misery in ODIs, the Tigers tasted their first series victory in 2014 beating Zimbabwe by a huge 124 runs in the third ODI of five- match series showing all through a team performance at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Bangladesh bagged the series with two-match remaining. Losing the toss, batting first, Bangladesh scored a huge 297 for six. Anamul and the middle order led the local side to pile up the huge collection.
After that the blowers restricted Zimbabwe for only 173 in 37.5overs. Arafat Sunny grabbed four wickets while Mashrafe and Rubel picked-up two wickets each. Shakib and Riyad also took one wicket apiece.
Anamul was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his precious 95 runs.
Chasing the target of 298, Zimbabwe again stumbled at the beginning facing Mashrafe. The Narail express picked two early wickets of Sibanda and Masakadza to send the tourist back foot in the match. Soon after pacer Rubel made Maruma his victim to break the top order of Zimbabwe.
Then Taylor and Mire tried to pull them back in the match adding 42 runs for the fourth wicket stand but Arafat sunny gave the breakthrough to the Tigers sending back Mire for 12 when the Zimbabwe's total was 80 for four.
Adding two more runs on the score board Taylor fall in a LBW trap of Shakib. Taylor scored 28. After that Zimbabwe lost their wickets at regular intervals. But skipper Elton Chigumbura fought alone making two partnerships of 37 and 27 with Chakavba and Madziva respectively. But finally he failed to rescue his side remaining unbeaten with on 53 runs.
Picking two wickets of Madziva and Panyangara in two consecutive balls Arafat Sunny made a chance to hat-trick but he missed it.
Earlier, Tigers opening pair Tamim and Anamul showed their consistency adding 121 runs in 25.5 over but the pair was broken when Tamim unfortunately became a run-out victim for the second time in this series. Tamim went back to dressing room scoring 40 off 63 balls with two fours and a six. Though Tamim got out scoring 40, Anamul scored his third fifty off 66 balls with six fours. But he failed again to hit a ton. In the last match he scored 80 and in this match he reached closer to ton scoring 95 but got out off Kamungozi being caught to substitute SW Masakadza at deep midwicket.
Then Shakib and Mushfiq justified once again their captain's words as Mashrafe said that the duo were the most in-form batsmen of the team. They guided the Tigers in the mid adding 72 runs for the fourth wicket stand in just eight overs.
But soon Bangladesh lost the duo in an over. Shakib tried to hook off Panyangara but it was misstimed and Chigumbura took catch at long leg. Shakib scored 40 off 33. Four ball letter Mushfiq was bold at 33 runs when the team total was 244 for five.
After that, Sabbir and Mahmudullah added precious 46 runs. Mahmudullah remained unbeaten with 33 while Sabbir got out making a quick 13-ball 22 runs.
For Zimbabwe Panyangara bagged two wickets while Madziva, Masakadza and Kamungozi took a wicket each.