Ana­mul runs riot as Tigers maul Zim­babwe

The Star Early Edition - - CRICKET -

DHAKA: Open­ing bats­man Ana­mul Haque top-scored with 95 as Bangladesh beat Zim­babwe by 124 runs yes­ter­day in the third one-day in­ter­na­tional to wrap up the five-match se­ries.

The hosts took an unas­sail­able 3-0 lead in the se­ries after win­ning the first two ODIs in Chit­tagong by 87 runs and 68 runs re­spec­tively.

Ana­mul and Tamim Iqbal laid the foun­da­tions for a big win, putting up an open­ing stand of 121 runs – their sec­ond cen­tury part­ner­ship in as many matches, which guided the Bangladesh Tigers to 297/6.

Faced with a mas­sive tar­get in a must-win contest, Zim­babwe were never up to the task and were bowled out for 173 runs in 39.5 overs.

Mashrafe Mor­taza (2/24) had an open­ing-spell blast to leave Zim­babwe 22/2, and spin­ners did the rest.

Arafat Sunny mopped up the tail to fin­ish with 4/27, his sec­ond four-wicket haul in as many matches.

Skip­per El­ton Chigum­bura staged a lone bat­tle for Zim­babwe to stay 53 not out.

Ana­mul was named Man of the Match for his 120-ball in­nings, which in­cluded nine fours.

Tamim un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally took the role of an an­chor in the stand be­fore he was freak­ishly run out for 40.

Shakib al Hasan (40 off 33 balls) and Mush­fiqur Rahim (33 off 22 balls) added 72 runs for the fourth wicket in just eight overs to bring the lo­cal crowd to their feet.

Mah­mudul­lah (33 not out off 26 balls) and Sab­bir Rah­man (22 off 13 balls) also en­joyed a run fest as Bangladesh added 103 runs in the last 10 overs to post their high­est to­tal in the se­ries.

The last two matches of the se­ries will be held at the same ground to­mor­row and on Mon­day.

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