Bangladesh has clean swept Zimbabwe , winning all the 3 Test matches and doing it convincingly. Bangladesh won the 3rd Test match by 186 runs.
Batting first, they piled up a score of 503 runs, thanks to centuries by Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes and some useful innings by Mominul Haque and Shakib al Hasan. Mominul Haque is surely going to be the next big thing in Bangladesh cricket, if he is not one till now. For Bangladesh , Sikandar Raza picked up 3 wickets and Masakadza , Panyangara picked up 2 wickets each.
Zimbabwe did lose their first wicket early with Chary getting out without opening his account but the partnership between Sikandar Raza and Hamilton Masakadza did bring Zimbabwe into this one , but once this partnership broke , Zimbabwe went through a collapse before Chakabva and Chigumbara did bring stability with their fifties to help them post 374 runs. Jubair Hossain picked up 5 wickets and Shafiul Islam picked up just 2 and Shakib al hasan managed 1 wicket.
Bangladesh then started their 2nd innings , though very cautious at the start. Imrul Kayes went early but Tamim Iqbal did manage a patient fifty to his name. But the biggest attraction in the innings was , who scored 131 runs in 271 balls. Bangladesh then decided to declare their innings and so Shakib and Rahim looked for some quick runs and taking the score to 319 runs at a runrate of more than 4 runs an over. The lead piled up to 448 runs and setting Zimbabwe arecord 449 runs to chase down. Panyangara picked up 2 wickets and was the only bowler to leave any impression whatsoever .
Zimbabwe came to chase down and lost an early wicket , with Chary bagging a pair in the match. Masakadaza and Raza stabilised the innings but none of them could make a big one. Brendon Taylor also got a start but could not convert it. The only one to leave some sort of impression was RW Chakabva, who remained not out on 89 runs . Rest of the batsman did nothing significant and Zimbabwe lost the match by 186 runs.
Shafiul Islam , Robel Hussain and Shuvagata Hom picked up 2 wickets each . Shakib went wicketless in this innings.
Player of the match – Mominul Haque (Bangladesh)
Player of the series – Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
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