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Bangladesh completed their 3-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe with a convincing 186-run win on the fifth day of the third Test in Chittagong.
However, Zimbabwe batsman Regis Chakabva deserves some credit as he scored an unbeaten 89.
Starting out the day on 71/1, Zimbabwe opener Sikandar Raza and batsman Hamilton Masakadza converted their 67-run partnership into a 93-run partnership, during which Raza brought up his half-century, before Masakadza was caught behind off the bowling of Shuvagata Hom for 38.
Raza went on to score 65 off 75 balls, which included nine boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Taijul Islam at deep midwicket off the bowling of Hom.
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor managed to make 24 runs before he was caught by Shakib Al Hasan at point off the bowling of Jubair Hossain.
Elton Chigumbura only made five runs before he was caught by Imrul Kayes at first slip off the bowling of Hossain.
Craig Ervine made 16 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Mahmudullah.
Ervine decided to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit off-stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.
Richmond Mutumbami mustered two runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Islam.
Tinashe Panyangara also made two runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.
Shingi Masakadza failed to trouble the scorers as he was cleaned up by Shafiul Islam for a duck.
Zimbabwe were bowled out for 262 when Natsai Mushangwe was given out lbw off the bowling of Shafiul Islam for a duck.
Mushangwe decided to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to clip leg-stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.
Chakabva remained stranded on 89 off 181 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six.
Hom, Jubair Hossain, Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam took two wickets apiece, while Taijul Islam and Mahmudullah claimed one wicket each.
Taylor was gutted to have lost the match, and said: “It’s been frustrating but you have to give credit to Bangladesh. We fought really hard. Bangladesh have been professional and have made it very difficult for us to get back into the game. They had a quality spin attack and we were probably short in that department. It’s a different format and we want to salvage some pride. Our batsmen got to 60s and 80s and not converting and with Bangladesh getting 500 it was hard to hit back. Great to see Hamilton and Reggie putting in good performances and it is time for the others to step up. A few players are coming in tonight, guys who haven’t played international cricket before. It’s going to be exciting. Always a great battle between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.”
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was ecstatic to have whitewashed Zimbabwe, and said: “Great feeling. The team really performed well and I am really happy. At the start of the series, we had a chat with out seniors about them stepping up. So Tamim and Imrul came through. Our management planned it well and we executed our plans. In this year, we have not been performing well. But the guys have stuck to their plans. Before the World Cup there is a couple of ODI matches and hopefully we can carry the momentum. First of all, we want to celebrate this win. I will hand over captaincy to Mash and he will continue the same way and Bangladesh will keep pushing for victory. Chittagong has been great and this is a place we all like.”
Bangladesh batsman Mominul Haque was named Man of the Match, and said: “Feeling good when you get runs. Cox’s Bazaar is very close. I will go home now and I will enjoy myself. Tamim got hundred, Imrul got hundred as well. Jubair did well as well and we’re going in the right direction.”
Al Hasan was named Man of the Series for scoring 251 runs, which included one century and one half-century, at an average of 41.83. He also took 18 wickets, which included three five-wicket hauls, at an average of 18.27.
“We knew that it will be hard, we knew we had to stick to our process and improve every day,” he said. “We did our basics right and that was key. We never thought we would win 3-0 but we knew if we stuck to our plans and executed them, we would win some games. It will lift our team now, some new guys are coming in for the ODIs. We are a better side in ODIs, and in Tests we are improving. Five crucial games coming up. Everytime we go anywhere in Bangladesh we get huge support. Hopefully they will come in large numbers for the ODIs as well.”