Everyone’s ready to see yet another big battle of ODI cricket. For the third ODI match, Zimbabwe takes on Bangladesh in Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet scheduled on Tuesday, 06 March 2020, at 1:30 PM IST. We post a safe prediction, and we provide the most accurate one compared to any other site.
Bangladesh won by four runs in which they gave a target of 322 runs for the loss of eight wickets against a reasonable run-chase by Zimbabwe of 318 runs for the loss of eight wickets.
To summarize the match, it was Tamim Iqbal’s day hitting a record-breaking 158 as Bangladesh won a cliff-hanger.
Bangladesh overcame a thrilling late demonstration from Zimbabwe’s lower order to attain a four-run win in an epic end in Sylhet. After Tamim Iqbal’s 158, which increased Bangladesh’s runs to 322 for eight wickets, Zimbabwe seemed out of the chase when they dropped to 225 for 7 in the 42nd over. But Tinotenda Mutombodzi and Donald Tiripano undertook a rousing counter-attack with an eighth-wicket stand that made 80 runs in just 7.3 overs. Tiripano blew five huge sixes, comprising two in the last over, but he wanted to slam another one off the last ball to ensure the fairytale ending. It was not to be, Al-Amin Hossain clenching his nerve at last to finalize the series for Bangladesh.
Tiripano and Mutombodzi’s partnership for the eighth wicket was a new record in ODIs in Bangladesh and was all an additional remark given the circumstance in which it occurred. When Sikandar Raza slashed Mashrafe Mortaza to the third man to fall for 66, Zimbabwe’s final frontline batsman was around in the dugout, and the run rate was well over 12 an over. Tiripano’s career strike-rate in ODIs before this knock was a tinge over 56.
Mutombodzi’s career strike-rate was hardly any better.
It appeared that the game would sputter out when the asking rate raised above 15 with five overs to go, but Zimbabwe would not go quietly this time, and Tiripano flashed a tremendous fightback. With Mutombodzi trailing in his path, 16 runs dripped from the 46th over and 20 from the 47th, the fifty runs being put up in just 4.4 overs.
Unexpectedly, Bangladesh was the team under the burden. Still, Hossain and Shafiul Islam then established their range with the yorker to stabilize a grandstand finish: 20 runs needed from the final six balls. After a wide and a single, Zimbabwe once again seemed buried when Mutombodzi got out. But Tiripano erupted once more with back-to-back sixes, the 2nd of which took him to a maiden ODI fifty. With Zimbabwe hitting six from the last two balls, Hossain was extremely fortunate to get away with a bouncer that waved Tiripano’s head by some distance, leaving Zimbabwe desiring a miracle from the final ball. In a breathless finish, Hossain clenched his nerve as Tiripano could only manage a toe-ended single to the long-off.
Aspects could have been very distinct if Zimbabwe’s top order had clenched things together, and that was the discrepancy between the two sides: Zimbabwe scored 49 runs in the Powerplay, with two wickets falling, but Bangladesh scored 65 runs in the same period. Tamim Iqbal batted through the 46th over to arrange their innings.
Iqbal whacked three sixes and 20 fours in his knock, which signified a career-best action for him, and a record-high individual score for Bangladesh in ODI format. His method this afternoon stood in distinction to the first ODI. On Sunday, he took his time and knocked just one boundary in the first ten. In this match, he flares out of the blocks in vintage mode, imposing Zimbabwe’s seam attack to the sword with ten fabulous fours on either side of the wicket inside the Powerplay.
His attack meant that the early run-outs of Najmul Hossain Shanto and Liton Das hardly put a dent in Bangladesh. Iqbal’s calling was perhaps his only flaw, and there was more than one instance of indecision in his third-wicket stand with Mushfiqur Rahim. But Zimbabwe was not able to capitalize on them, and the partnership already scored 87 before Rahim got out.
Iqbal changed his gears throughout his knock: his first fifty reached in only 42 deliveries, his second took 64 as Zimbabwe’s spinners turned back a handful of control in the middle of the innings, but then he got on the charge once again to score 100 to 150 in just 27 balls. On the way, he became the first Bangladesh batsman to go past 7,000 runs in ODIs, and with his third six, he broke his record for the highest total by a Bangladesh batsman in ODIs.
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ODI Cricket history
Zimbabwe won 139 ODI matches out of the total of 529 ODI international matches so far. Out of these, 11 matches ended with no result, and seven games were tied. They lost 372 games in total.
Bangladesh won 127 ODI matches out of the total of 374 ODI international matches so far. Out of these seven matches ended with no result. They lost 241 games in total.
Zimbabwe has won 28 matches out of the 74 games played against Bangladesh.