Bangladesh whitewash Zimbabwe

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Bangladesh whitewash Zimbabwe

Bangladesh whitewash Zimbabwe

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Bangladesh completed a 3-0 series sweep over Zimbabwe - winning the final ODI by five wickets - as they went past Zimbabwe's total 298, getting to 302 for the loss of four wickets in 48 overs.

Shakin Al Hasan and Tamim Ikbal have become Man of the series and man of the match respectively.

Tamim Iqbal smashed his 14th ODI ton - making 112 off 97 - to ensure the visitors walked away with 30 ICC ODI Super League points.

Liton Das and Tamim gave Bangladesh a solid start as the pair scored 88 inside the first 14 overs. Bangladesh had scored just 14 in the first four overs but picked up the pace in the eighth as Tamim smashed Tendai Chatara for a six and two fours. Wesley Madhevere gave Zimbabwe the opening when he had Liton caught at square leg attempting a sweep.

Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim then strung together another half-century stand to help the team keep the asking rate in check. As the innings progressed, Bangladesh were left needing 154 in the last 25 overs. Luke Jongwe struck a crucial blow to remove Shakib but Tamim continued to dominate from the other end. He eased to a century off 87 balls to push the scoring rate over six runs per over at the 30-over mark.

Tamim Iqbal's forceful 112 off 97 balls set up Bangladesh's 299 chase before Nurul Hasan, playing his first ODI in nearly five years, put the finishing touches with his 39-ball unbeaten 45 to give the visitors a five-wicket win. The visitors collected full points for the World Cup Super League from the ODI series by winning 3-0 as Zimbabwe, despite batting well in this game, fell into disarray with the ball, and the chase was completed with two overs to spare.

Even after removing a rampant Iqbal and Mahmudullah off consecutive balls, the home side couldn't stop Nurul and Mohammad Mithun from adding 64 for the fifth wicket, before Nurul and Afif Hossain, unbeaten on a 17-ball 26, finished the job.