Tamim Iqbal smashes 87-ball ton to guide Bangladesh to a 3-0 rout over Zimbabwe

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21 Jul 2021 | 04:01 AM

Tamim Iqbal smashes 87-ball ton to guide Bangladesh to a 3-0 rout over Zimbabwe

The Bangladesh captain hit 112 off just 97 deliveries in the third ODI

Captain Tamim Iqbal hit his fastest century in One-Day International (ODI) cricket as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by five wickets to complete a 3-0 series whitewash on Tuesday (July 20). Tamim shared an opening stand of 88 with Liton Das (32), while man-of-the-series Shakib Al Hasan (30), Mohammad Mithun (30) and Nurul Hasan (45 not out) were the other notable run-scorers. They reached 302 for 5 and won with 12 balls to spare.

After Zimbabwe was bowled out for 298 in what looked like a competitive total at Harare Sports Club, Tamim smashed an 87-ball hundred, reaching his 14th ODI century with one of his eight boundaries. He also hit three sixes by the time he was out for 112 off 97. It was his last action for Bangladesh for at least two months. He returns home on Wednesday to rest a knee injury he's managed since April in order to be fit for the Twenty20 World Cup. He will miss the Zimbabwe T20 series, and home series against Australia and New Zealand.

Zimbabwe's total was built around opener Regis Chakabva's highest ODI score of 84, a calculated innings that ended on the first ball of the 35th over when he was clean bowled by seamer Taskin Ahmed. Sikandar Raza (57) and Ryan Burl (59) rescued Zimbabwe's fragile batting in the middle order.

Pacers Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets apiece. Bangladesh also defeated Zimbabwe by 220 runs in the one-off Test. The teams meet in T20Is, starting Thursday (July 22). 

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 298 in 49.3 overs (Regis Chakabva 84, Ryan Burl 59; Mustafizur Rahman 3 for 57) lost to Bangladesh 302 for 5 in 48 overs (Tamim Iqbal 112, Nurul Hasan 45*; Wesley Madhevere 2 for 45) by 5 wickets.

Player of the match: Tamim Iqbal

Player of the series: Shakib Al Hasan

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