Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 3rd ODI: Sarkar, Kayes complete 3-0 whitewash

Soumya Sarkar 117 and Imrul Kayes 115 Bangladesh Zimbabwe 3rd ODI Chittagong cricket

Soumya Sarkar (left) scored his second ODI hundred, while Imrul Kayes brought up his fourth

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Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes smashed 117 and 115 respectively as Bangladesh crushed Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the third ODI in Chittagong to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

Electing to bowl first, Bangladesh got an early breakthrough as Zimbabwe opener Cephas Zhuwao was clean bowled by Mohammad Saifuddin for a duck on the ninth ball of the match.

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza also failed to have an impact with the bat as he was cleaned up by Abu Hider for two runs.

Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams stabilised the innings with a 132-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

Taylor ended up making a 72-ball 75, which included eight boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Nazmul Islam.

Williams and Sikandar Raza kept the runs flowing with an 84-run stand before Raza was caught by Sarkar at long-on off the bowling of Nazmul for 40.

Williams and Peter Moor added 62 runs to the score, during which Williams brought up his hundred, before Moor was run out by Ariful Haque for 28.

Sean Williams 129 not out Bangladesh Zimbabwe 3rd ODI Chittagong cricket

Sean Williams celebrates after scoring his second ODI century

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Williams went on to make a career-best 129 not out, which came off 143 balls and included 10 boundaries and a six, as Zimbabwe finished on 286/5.

Nazmul was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Saifuddin and Hider chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 287 to win, Bangladesh got off to the worst possible start as Liton Das was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kyle Jarvis on the first ball of the innings.

Sarkar and Kayes made up for the loss of Liton with a 220-run partnership, during which Sarkar registered his century, before he was dismissed by Hamilton Masakadza for 117, which came off 92 balls and included nine boundaries and six sixes.

Kayes and Mushfiqur Rahim edged Bangladesh closer to victory with a 54-run stand before Kayes was sent packing by Wellington Masakadza for 115, which came off 112 deliveries and included 10 boundaries and two sixes.

Rahim and Mohammad Mithun mopped up the remaining runs as Bangladesh reached their target with 47 balls to spare.

Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza and Wellington Masakadza claimed one wicket each.

Sarkar was named Man of the Match.

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