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Tamim’s brilliant 112 helps Bangladesh clean sweep Zimbabwe in ODIs

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal defied a knee injury to score 112 and set up a five-wicket victory and a 3-0 one-day international whitewash of Zimbabwe on Tuesday. 

The hosts posted
298 in 49.3 overs and the visitors reached 302-5 with 12 balls to spare at an
overcast Harare Sports Club.

Tamim missed the
one-off Test against Zimbabwe earlier this month because of the injury, but
played in all the ODI internationals, saying he could “manage” the
pain. 

After scoring 20
and being out for a duck in the first two matches, the skipper let loose at the
third attempt, scoring at a rate of more than a run a ball to record his 14th
ODI century.

He faced 97
deliveries in a 149-minute stand and struck eight fours and three sixes before
becoming one of four Bangladeshis caught by wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva, off a
Donald Tiripano delivery.

“It was a
very good wicket and Zimbabwe batted exceptionally well. They could have made
25-30 more runs but we bowled well in the last few overs, then responded well
to the batting challenge,” said Tamim.

He will miss three
T20Is against Zimbabwe, starting on Thursday, and also home T20 series against
Australia and New Zealand after being advised to rest for up to 12 weeks.

Tamim departed
with the tourists on 204-3 and they seemed set for victory entering the final
10 overs, needing 51 runs from 60 balls with six wickets in hand.

An unbeaten
sixth-wicket partnership between Nurul Hasan (45) and Afif Hossain (26) assured
Bangladesh’s clean sweep.

Wesley Madhevere
(2-45) and Tiripano (2-61) were the most successful home bowlers and Luke
Jongwe (1-44) was the other wicket-taker.

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