Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 5th ODI: Hat-trick hero Taijul helps Bangladesh complete 5-0 whitewash

Islam became the first player in ODI history to take a hat-trick on debut

Islam became the first player in ODI history to take a hat-trick on debut

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Bangladesh debutant Taijul Islam ripped through Zimbabwe’s batting line-up with an incredible hat-trick to help his side whitewash Zimbabwe 5-0.

Islam was well supported by all-rounder Mahmudullah, who hit an unbeaten half-century.

However, Zimbabwe opener Hamilton Masakadza deserves some credit for making a valiant half-century in his side’s five-wicket loss.

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Sikandar Raza was caught behind off the bowling of Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza for nine runs.

Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda made up for the early loss of Raza with a 79-run partnership, during which Masakadza brought up his half-century, before he was clean bowled by Jubair Hossain.

Masakadza’s excellent knock of 52 came off 54 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.

Masakadza made a gutsy 52

Masakadza made a gutsy 52

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Brendan Taylor only made nine runs before he was cleaned up by Shakib Al Hasan.

Sibanda went on to score 37 before he was caught by Mortaza at midwicket off the bowling of Al Hasan.

Timycen Maruma mustered one run before he was clean bowled by Hossain.

Solomon Mire fared no better as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Islam for nine runs.

Islam struck again just five balls later when he cleaned up Tinashe Panyangara for a duck.

Islam put himself on a hat-trick when he picked up the wicket of John Nyumbu on the first ball of his next over.

Islam completed his hat-trick when he clean bowled Tendai Chatara for a golden duck.

Islam got a hat-trick since he took a wicket on the last ball of his previous over and on the first two balls of the following over.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for a dismal 128 when Tafadzwa Kamungozi was caught by Mahmudullah at first slip off the bowling of Al Hasan for two runs.

Islam was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Al Hasan snapped up three, Hossain took two and Mortaza claimed one.

Chasing 129 to win, Bangladesh got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was caught by Mire at third man off the bowling of Panyangara for 10 runs.

Anamul Haque only made eight runs before he was caught by Masakadza at first slip off the bowling of Chatara.

Debutant Soumya Sarkar scored 20 runs before he was caught caught by Raza at fine leg off the bowling of Chatara.

Al Hasan failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Masakadza at first slip off the bowling of Panyangara for a duck.

Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim accumulated 11 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Chatara.

Thanks to Mahmudullah’s unbeaten knock of 51, which came off 55 balls and included 10 boundaries, Bangladesh reached their target with 153 balls to spare.

Mahmudullah struck 10 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 51

Mahmudullah struck 10 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 51

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Chigumbura was disgusted with his side’s performance, and said: “I dont think it was a good total, below par. Bowlers fought hard, it was a bit disappointing if you looked at the whole game. We’ve performed in patches and we need to look at that, especially with the World Cup coming up. One or two guys are putting their hands up, but we need to correct our mistakes before going to the World Cup. The bowlers bowled well throughout the series and the Tests, they just need to carry on. Main thing is the batting and we need to improve quickly.”

Mortaza was ecstatic to have whitewashed Zimbabwe 5-0, and said: “Definitely, It’s all been with us. We’re very happy. First of all, Shakib, Tamim and Anamul, Mushfiq was the crisis man, Taijul was brilliant today and Arafat Sunny as well. They [backroom staff] kept working hard with us, giving us a lot of support and they have done a really good job.”

Islam was named Man of the Match, while Rahim received the Man of the Series award.

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