Zimbabwe wins the series against Bangladesh thanks to Raza and Chakabva
A stunning 201-run stand between centurions Sikandar Raza and Regis Chakabva propelled Zimbabwe to their second consecutive win and clinched the three-match One-Day International series against Bangladesh.
In pursuit of Bangladesh’s 290, Zimbabwe faltered early in the innings, losing their top four for 49 after fifteen overs after Hasan Mahmud triggered the collapse with two strikes.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, stunned the visitors by counterattacking through Raza and Chakabva. Despite Raza starting the stand with a couple of sixes in consecutive overs, the latter took over as the aggressor in the stand. Chakabva started slower than Raza, but shifted gears quickly as the fifty-run stand came off 55 balls.
A botched run out attempt by Mehidy Hasan allowed the partnership to flourish further, as Chakabva hit four consecutive boundaries off Taskin Ahmed to reach a 36-ball fifty.
The momentum continued as the duo reached hundreds in the 43rd over, Raza’s second in a row and Chakabva’s first. Chakabva fell in the next over, but Raza stayed put until Tony Munyonga’s cameo brought the chase to a close.
Tamim, who hit ten fours and a six in his 45-ball knock, got Bangladesh off to a faster start. He was the dominant partner in a 71-run first-inning stand with Anamul Haque.
However, the innings was thrown into disarray when both batters were out in the space of ten balls. Tamim went down shortly after reaching fifty, pulling Tanaka Chivanga right into the hands of deep-midwicket. Chivanga also had a hand in Anamul’s run out, deflecting a straight drive onto the stumps with Anamul out of the crease at the non-end. striker’s
These wickets halted the momentum heading into Bangladesh’s innings. The innings was stabilized, however, by a quick 50-run stand between Najmul Hossain and Mushfiqur Rahim. Both failed to capitalize on their early starts, falling victim to Wesley Madhevere’s off-spin. Najmul edged an attempted cut to be caught behind while Rahim was out attempting a slog sweep.
A fifth-wicket stand of 81 runs off 84 balls between Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain kept the innings alive once more. The latter was dismissed as Zimbabwe entered the death overs, miscuing a reverse sweep against Sikandar Raza. Soon after, Mehidy Hasan and Taskin Ahmed fell LBW to him, making him the first of the spinner’s three wickets. Between this collapse, Mahmudullah continued to raise the stakes as Bangladesh scored 57 runs in the final six overs to set a competitive target.