Tamim Done It Again For Bangladesh…

After rain washed 4th ODI of Zimbabwe VS Bangladesh series, Bangladesh was looking to wrap up the series 3-1 while Zimbabwe was hoping for squaring up the series by winning the fifth and final ODI.

The Chittagong pitch and outfield were miserably slow and in such conditions Chigumbura opted to bat first.

Adding to the misery of Zimbabwe, Taylor went for the suicidal run on the first legitimate delivery of the match and Shuvo’s direct hit didn’t help Zimbabwe at all.

Mortaza and Islam started brilliantly well, not giving anything to batsmen. Their progress was very slow and run rate was just about  2 per over when Mortaza picked up his 2nd wicket reducing Zimbabwe to 21-3 in 11th over.

Their batsman never showed any intent and their 1st boundary came in 24th over. Although Taibu and Ervine put 95 runs together and scored the Zimbabwe’s highest  partnership of series but the problem was in strike rate. Both were very slow.

Visitors only hit 9 boundaries in their innings. Taibu did accelerate in the later part of innings, helping his team to  manage 42 of the batting powerplay but it was too light too late.

Zimbabwe scored 188 for 6 in their 50 overs. Giving an easy target of  189 to Bangladesh for fetching up the series.

In their response, Bangladesh lost their 1st wicket of Imrul in very first over . After that Tamim started to play more sensibly rotating strike and scoring boundary on every provided occasion.

Zimbabwe didn’t help themselves at all by dropping two easy catches of Tamim who later scored 95 of just 96 balls scoring seven sixes and five boundaries. On the other end Junaid was on slow side scoring his fifty in 105 deliveries.

When Tamim got out on 95 Bangladesh were 138-2 needing only 50 more in 21 overs. Junaid and Mushfiqur made sure that they reached there with 6 wickets in hand and 42 balls to spare.

Man Of The Day: Without any doubt it was Tamim Iqbal who scored 95 off just 96 balls on a slower track on which every one else struggled.

Flop Of The Day: Mpofu for dropping an easy catch in 9th over and that too of Tamim, had he grabbed it the things could have been different because everyone else struggled big time except Tamim.

With this crucial and easy win Bangladesh sealed up the 5 match series 3-1.


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