Zimbabwe in Bangladesh, 3 ODI Series, 2020
Venue: Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
Date & Time: 03 March 2020
RR: 6.36 | Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 4 runs
So, that's it from this nerve-wracking game where Bangladesh hold onto their nerves and seal the series 2-0 with a game left. That game will be played on Friday, 6th March 2020 in Sylhet. The match will begin at 1400 local (0800 GMT). We will love your company for that game. Till then, it is goodbye from our side.
Tamim Iqbal is named Man of the Match for his brilliant century. Iqbal says that credit for his performance goes to the team management as they kept trusting him and told him that it will come good soon. Tells that the wicket was really good for batting but in the second innings, it became even better. Feels that he got a few bad balls on his pads and scored a few boundaries early on. Praises Liton Das and Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mahmudullah for their performance.
Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh skipper, says that they held onto their nerves to win the game. On brilliant ton of Tamim, Mortaza says that he is a special player. Tells that he was really happy seeing him bat the way he did. Praises the performance from Rahim and Mahmudullah 's performance. On their bowling, the Bangladeshi skipper feels that the wicket was really good for batting. Adds that bowling was difficult but it was not too bad. Points that winning close games like these gives a lot of experience to the players.
Sean Williams, Zimbabwe skipper, says that after coming from a defeat in the 1st ODI and almost winning this game is really positive and they will try to win the last one. Feels that the youngsters took the responsibility and almost delivered for the side. Praises Raza for his valuable knock. Also feels that Madhevere was brilliant and adds that he is a great find for Zimbabwe cricket. Tells that Tiripano is really disappointed in the change room but feels that he should hold his head high and walk with a smile. Feels that injuries are part and parcel of the game and the teammates are always there for each other.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh ended with a huge total of 322/8, courtesy of a special knock from Tamim Iqbal. His 158 along with supports from Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Mohammad Mithun helped them amass the total. It was a tough day for the bowlers in general and the Zimbabwe bowlers suffered too. Carl Mumba and Donald Tiripano grabbed two wickets each but were expensive in their efforts. Stay tuned for the presentation...
Bangladesh almost shot themselves on the foot with the ball but managed to survive a big upset. The bowlers started off well and were good in the middle too but they were not able to pick up wickets. They lost the plot towards the end and almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Shafiul Islam and the returning Al-Amin Hossain had a nightmare towards the end. Though the latter managed to hold his nerves in the final over, he had a torrid time and went for 85 in his 10 overs. Shafiul Islam, on the other hand, conceded 76 from 9 overs. Taijul Islam was the star with the ball as he ended up with a 3-wicket haul. The win was made difficult by the fielders as the hosts were sloppy in the field and dropped plenty of chances that almost came back to bite them. In the end, the home team held their nerves and got over the finish line.
Chasing 323, Zimbabwe lost Regis Chakabva and Brendan Taylor early. Tinashe Kamunhukamwe though kept his end intact and built partnerships. The tourists were lagging behind the required run rate but fifties from Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere and Sikandar Raza gave them hope and kept them in the hunt but when they lost Raza they had just 3 wickets in hand and still needed 98 in 43. It looked done and dusted but Donald Tiripano had other ideas. He came out with intent and went berserk. He put up a quickfire stand of 80 off just 45 balls with Mutombodzi. They dragged the game till the last ball but Tiripano's heroics was not enough to get his side over the line.
WOW! What a game of cricket we have witnessed! They say it is not over until it's over and Zimbabwe just proved that. They couldn't get over the line but they sent chills across Bangladesh with their spirited fight. A great, great innings with the bat from Donald Tiripano. Yes, he ends up on the wrong side of the result but he has shown the passion, the courage and the desire that these Zimbabwe players had.
Pressure, pressure. Mahmudullah and skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza are having a chat with Al-Amin Hossain. He is under the pump now.
Carl Mumba is the new batsman in.
Shafiul Islam is back on. 7-0-42-1 are his figures so far.
Al-Amin Hossain returns. 7-0-47-0 from him so far.
Donald Tiripano is the next batsman in.
Mashrafe Mortaza is back on. 8-0-30-0 are his figures so far.
Tinotenda Mutombodzi is the new batsman in.
Mutumbami has been given out LBW but he takes the DRS straightaway. Looks really close. Let's see what the replays show.
Powerplay 3 is signalled. Maximum of 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings.
Shafiul Islam is back on. 6-0-33-1 are his figures so far.
Richmond Mutumbami is the new batsman in.
Taijul Islam is back on. 5-0-30-1 are his figures so far.
Al-Amin Hossain is back on. 5-0-27-0 are his figures so far.
Shafiul Islam returns. 5-0-25-1 from him so far.
Mehidy Hasan is back on.
LBW appeal taken upstairs. Looks to be pitching outside leg. Bangladesh lose their review.
Mahmudullah is into the attack.
Sikandar Raza walks in next.
Taijul Islam is on.
Al-Amin Hossain is on.
Drinks Break! Bangladesh have bowled well and have taken 3 wickets. The hosts would look to quickly wrap up this match. On the other hand, Zimbabwe need partnerships to make a game out of this one. Also, Wesley Madhevere is the next batsman in.
Mehidy Hasan to bowl now. He has already affected a brilliant run out. What can he do with the ball?
Powerplay 2 time! Maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Skipper Sean Williams walks in next with his side in trouble.
Brendan Taylor is the new batsman in.
Shafiul Islam to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase. The Bangladesh players are out in the middle. Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Regis Chakabva will open the innings for Zimbabwe. Mashrafe Mortaza will start the proceedings for the hosts.