Zimbabwe in Bangladesh, 3 ODI Series, 2020
Venue: Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
Date & Time: 06 March 2020
RR: 5.81 | Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 123 runs (D/L method)
That is it from this game and series. Bangladesh have clean swept the tourists. We now move to the shortest format of the game and move to Dhaka for the 2-game T20Is. The first T20I will be played on Monday, 9th March. That game begins at 1800 local (1200 GMT). We hope to see you for that one. Till then, take care and have a great time!
Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza says that it is difficult to express how he is feeling now. Thanks his boys and the staff for their support. Says the T20 World Cup is coming and he hopes this side does well in it. On the batting performance, he says Tamim batted well and so did Liton. Tells it is just the start and better things are to come. On the bowling performance, Mortaza says they were good and credits Saifuddin. Tells he is a young player and thinks he will do well in the future. Mortaza then goes onto collect his final trophy as the skipper. His teammates join him in the celebration.
For their excellent batting performance, Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal have been named joint Player of the Series. No interview from the pair.
For his record breaking batting performance in this game Liton Das is named the Player of the Match. Liton Das says he is enjoying his batting and happy to get runs. On batting with Tamim, Liton says he kept him calm and helped him a lot.
Zimbabwe skipper, Sean Williams says that it has been a disappointing series. Tells Raza and Tiripano had a good series. Adds they were poor with the ball and they need to improve the basics and play without any fear. Tells they have two days for the T20Is and expects Craig Ervine to be ready. Says T20 is a different ball game. Hopes that the younger guys can get some more games in the future and gain experience.
Now we are all set for the presentation. Emotional scenes here as he is being honoured with a momento. He is also being given a Bangladesh jersey as a souvenir with all the players' autograph on it.
Mortaza thanks the cricket board and his boys for their support. Mortaza ends by thanking everyone and thanks Shakib Al Hasan as well who is not here but Mortaza feels that if he was here then it would have been different.
Mahmudullah tells Mortaza is his brother and he has always supported him throughout. Tells that the trust and togetherness they had was very nice and all the credit goes to him.
Mahmudullah and Mashrafe Mortaza are now caught down for a quick talk before the final presentation.
Mushfiqur Rahim is also caught down for a chat about Mortaza. Mushfiqur tells he is a legend and he is fantastic, not just as a skipper but as a human. Tells they will miss him as a captain and hopes that he plays for longer.
Tamim says that he was unbelievable and tells they were nowhere in ODIs in 2014 but then he took over the captaincy and everyone started to take notice of the side. Tells people wanted him to get dropped but Mortaza stood by him and he is very thankful for him.
Stay tuned for the presentation as we hear from Mashrafe Mortaza for one last time as skipper and we also hear from Zimbabwe skipper and find out who the Player of the Match and Series are. But before that Tamim Iqbal is caught down for a quick chat about Mortaza.
Earlier in the day, a stunning, record-breaking batting display from Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal killed the game. Rain played spoilsport in between but that did not kill off the game and the pair's record tumbling centuries and partnership helped Bangladesh reach 322 in their 43-overs. It was a disastrous day with the ball as well for the tourists as every bowler went to the cleaners. Carl Mumba was the only bowler who had something to cheer about as he finished with a 3-wicket haul.
It was a professional bowling display from Bangladesh. They had runs to play with but they never let that get on their heads and kept chipping wickets regularly. Mohammad Saifuddin was the star with the ball and he ended up with a 4-wicket haul. Afif Hossain had a debut wicket as well. Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza had one wicket apiece while Taijul finished with two. All-in-all it was a dominant display from the bowlers.
Chasing 342 in just 43 overs, it was always going to be too big a mountain to climb for Zimbabwe. They needed something out of this world to chase it down but they were unable to produce that. Chakabva, Williams and Madhevere all got starts but that was not enough. Sikandar Raza showed a lot of fight with his 50-ball 61 but that was not enough and they fell way short in their mission.
An easy victory for Bangladesh and Mortaza leaves the captaincy duty with an impressive win. His 50th win in ODIs as skipper and what a great leader he has been for Bangladesh. He has not yet retired but he won't be leading his side in ODIs anymore. He bows out with a whitewash and he will cherish every bit of it. His teammates carry him on their shoulders and do a lap of the ground as the fans applaud their departing skipper. He has been a true warrior and he will always be a legend.
Charlton Tshuma is the last man in.
Powerplay 3 Time! Maximum of 5 fielders now allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings. Mohammad Saifuddin to start the Powerplay.
Carl Mumba is the new man in.
The star from the last game, Donald Tiripano is the new man in. He will need to play another blinder if his side are to get anywhere near the total like the last game.
A slip comes in place now.
Mustafizur Rahman is back on. 3-0-6-0 are his figures so far.
Taijul Islam is back on.
Tinotenda Mutombodzi is the next man in.
Richmond Mutumbami is the next batsman in.
Mehidy Hasan is back on. 6-0-27-0 are his figures so far.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back on. 3-0-26-1 are his figures so far.
Sikandar Raza walks out to bat in his 100th ODI. His side are in huge trouble and he will need to produce something extraordinary if his side are to get over the line in this game.
Mashrafe Mortaza is back on.
Taijul Islam is on.
Wesley Madhevere is the next batsman in.
Drinks Break! Zimbabwe have lost three wickets and would want a big innings from one of their batters. On the other hand, Bangladesh have kept it tight and would look to finish this match quickly.
Afif Hossain is into the attack.
Powerplay 2 is signalled. Maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 35th over.
Mustafizur Rahman is on.
Mehidy Hasan is into the attack.
Sean Williams is the next batsman in.
Mohammad Saifuddin to bowl from the other end.
Brendan Taylor is the new batsman in.
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 Bangladesh.