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Bangladesh elevates with fierce efforts by Afif and Anamul to reach 256/9

Aug 27, 2022

ZIMBABWE decided to bat, Bangladesh’s openers successfully navigated the early swing and seam to score 41 runs until Tamim Iqbal’s run out brought on a collapse. Following Tamim’s run out, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mushfiqur Rahim were run out by Brad Evans, bringing Bangladesh from 41/0 to 47/3 in just eight balls. Richard Ngarava’s diving catch coming in from third man was particularly responsible for Mushfiqur’s dismissal.

Then, Anamul and Mahmudullah combined 77 runs for the fourth wicket, giving Anamul his sixth ODI fifty. The opener at the Harare Sports Club even hit a six onto the ceiling. In the end, Jongwe was the one who caught him from behind after striking with the same old ball in the middle overs.

In the third and final ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare, Bangladesh reached 256/9 thanks to Afif Hossain’s 85* and Anamul Haque’s 76.

However, the breakthrough for the hosts didn’t quite happen because Afif Hossain stepped over for Bangladesh after that. When Afif was on second base and Innocent Kaia had an opportunity to make a legal return, he flubbed it, and the batter went on to score 83 more runs to assist Bangladesh achieve a respectable total. 

As Zimbabwe continued to score runs, four wickets fell in the final ten overs. Sikander Raza, Luke Jongwe, and Richard Ngarawa all made runs on each side of Taijul Islam’s run out. Thus, Bangladesh’s 35 runs in the final four overs were largely due to Afif.

In the last ODI, Afif struck an unbeaten 85.

In the third and last ODI against Bangladesh, after two illustrious run chases, Zimbabwe finally made a mistake and lost by 105 runs. The hosts were bowled out for 151 after setting a target of 257 in 32.2 overs. The good news was that Zimbabwe quickly took possession of the trophy with a 2-1 victory. 

It was a similarly melancholy conclusion for Bangladesh. They put on a strong performance to close out the tour, but it doesn’t change the reality that they dropped both the T20I and ODI series, bringing harsh criticism from both the board and the fans. On Wednesday, August 10, though, their performance deserved anything but.

With Hasan Mahmud trapping Takudzwanashe Kaitano with the fifth ball of the innings, Bangladesh got off to the greatest possible start in defending what was a respectable target on a new surface. Mehidy Hasan Miraz took Tadiwanashe Marumani out in the next over, sending Zimbabwe reeling at 7/2. When Wesley Madhevere and reliable hitter Sikandar Raza were taken out by Ebadot Hossain in quick succession with consecutive deliveries, the score quickly dropped to 18/4. This time, Raza, who had undefeated match-winning hundreds in the first two ODIs, was out for a first-ball duck.

After Raza was out of the picture, Taijul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman quickly eliminated the middle order, sharing the next four wickets to fall. But Richard Ngarava (34* off 27) and Victor Nyauchi’s 68-run stand for the tenth wicket took the visitors off guard (26 off 31). In order to capture the elusive final wicket and the victory, Bangladesh had to struggle for approximately 10 overs as both batters counterattacked from their ends.

Afif Hossain’s 85* Anamul Haque’s 76 earlier in the day helped Bangladesh reach 256/9 after Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to put them in. Before Tamim Iqbal’s run out brought on a collapse, Bangladesh’s openers successfully navigated the early swing and seam to amass 41 runs. After Tamim was run out, Bangladesh went from 41/0 to 47/3 in eight balls thanks to the falls of Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mushfiqur Rahim in a Brad Evans over. Richard Ngarava’s diving catch coming in from third man was particularly responsible for Mushfiqur’s dismissal.

Then, Anamul and Mahmudullah combined 77 runs for the fourth wicket, giving Anamul his sixth ODI fifty. The opener at the Harare Sports Club even hit a six onto the ceiling. In the end, Jongwe was the one who caught him from behind after striking with the same old ball in the middle overs. 

However, the breakthrough for the hosts didn’t quite happen because Afif Hossain stepped over for Bangladesh after that. When Afif was on second base and Innocent Kaia had an opportunity to make a legal return, he flubbed it, and the batter went on to score 83 more runs to assist Bangladesh achieve a respectable total.

BRIEF SCORE:

Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe 151 all out in 32.2 overs (Ngarava34; Mustafizur 4-17) by 105 runs (256/9 in 50 overs; Afif Hossain 85*, Anamul Haque 76; Jongwe 2-38, Evans 2-53).

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