Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 3rd ODI: Anamul’s glorious 95 gives Bangladesh unassailable 3-0 lead

Haque smashed nine boundaries during his innings of 95

Haque smashed nine boundaries during his innings of 95

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Bangladesh opener Anamul Haque scored a glorious 95 to not only give his side a 124-run win over Zimbabwe in the third ODI in Mirpur, but also an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura would have been mulling over his decision to bowl first after Bangladesh’s opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Haque amassed a 121-run partnership, during which Haque brought up his half-century, before Iqbal was run out by Brendan Taylor for 40.

Mominul Haque only made 15 runs before he was caught by Timycen Maruma at mid-off off the bowling of Hamilton Masakadza.

Haque went on to score 95 off 120 balls, which included nine boundaries, before he was caught by Shingi Masakadza, who was the substitute fielder, at deep midwicket off the bowling of Tafadzwa Kamungozi.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim stabilised the innings with a 72-run partnership before Al Hasan was caught by Chigumbura at long leg off the bowling of Tinashe Panyangara for 40.

Panyangara struck again just five balls later when he cleaned bowled Rahim for 33.

Sabbir Rahman made a quickfire 22 before he was caught by Maruma at long-on off the bowling of Neville Madziva.

Thanks to Haque, Bangladesh finished on 297/6 off their 50 overs.

Panyangara was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Madziva, Kamungozi and Masakadza chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 298 to win, Zimbabwe got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Vusi Sibanda was caught by Arafat Sunny at long leg off the bowling of captain Mashrafe Mortaza for nine runs.

Masakadza scored 12 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Mortaza.

However, Masakadza should not have been given out as he did not hit the ball.

Maruma fared no better as he was caught by Mortaza at mid-on off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.

Solomon Mire made 12 runs before he was stumped by Rahim off the bowling of Sunny.

Taylor managed to make 28 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Al Hasan.

Regis Chakabva failed to have an impact with the bat as he was cleaned up by Mahmudullah for 14.

Wicketkeeper Peter Moor only made two runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Hossain.

Madziva mustered 11 runs before he was caught by Imrul Kayes, who was the substitute fielder, at short midwicket off the bowling of Sunny.

Sunny struck again the very next ball when he cleaned up Panyangara for a golden duck.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for 173 when Kamungozi was clean bowled by Sunny for four runs.

Chigumbura remained stranded on 53, which came off 46 balls and included four boundaries and two sixes.

Chigumbura made a gutsy 53

Chigumbura made a gutsy 53

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Sunny was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Hossain and Mortaza snapped up two wickets apiece and Al Hasan and Mahmudullah claimed one wicket each.

Sunny finished with a career-best 4-27 off 8.5 overs

Sunny finished with a career-best 4-27 off 8.5 overs

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Chigumbura was gutted to have lost the match, and said: “I still think it’s a good wicket to bat, and chasing was a good decision, but unfortunately we keep doing the same thing. We thought the guys who would come in would bring a different performance but it was still the same performance. Disappointing to lose three games in a row. I thought the guys were up for it, but we still made the same mistakes. Two of the most important games to go for us. We’ve got to make sure we finish well.”

Mortaza was ecstatic to have taken a 3-0 lead, and said: “I’m very happy, all the boys are very happy today. Once again Tamim and Anamul were fabulous, and later on, even though they were small innings, Shakib, Mushfiq, Riyad and Sabbir played brilliantly. In 2014, we have kept losing but now the momentum is coming, hopefully we’ll keep it up.”

Haque was named Man of the Match, and said: “Little bit disappointed, two matches in a row I missed the centuries, but winning the match was the positive. Tamim Iqbal is one of the best openers in the world, and he helps me all the time. In the first 15 overs it was not easy to bat, so we tried to keep wickets in hand. Mushy and Shakib also played very well.”

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