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Bangladesh completes 3-0 sweep of Zimbabwe

Tayor's side loses third Test by 186 runs despite a valiant, unbeaten 89 by Regis Chakabva

Bangladesh completes 3-0 sweep of Zimbabwe - Cricket News
Jubair Hossain dismissed Brendan Taylor and Elton Chigumbura.
A combined bowling effort helped Bangladesh to a historic 3-0 series victory as it defeated Zimbabwe by 186 runs on the final day of the third Test in Chittagong on Sunday (November 16).
 
Chasing 449, Zimbabwe folded for 262 with more than a session remaining. Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Jubair Hossain and Shuvagata Hom took two wickets each while Sikandar Raza (65) and Regis Chakabva (89 not out) battled in vain for Zimbabwe.
 
Zimbabwe started the day at 71 for 1 and needed a big effort from its batsmen to save the Test. With two set batsmen in the middle – Hamilton Masakadza and Raza had added 67 runs on the fourth day – there was a slim chance, but it was never going to be easy against Bangladesh's spinners. Even those slim chances faded away as Shuvagata dismissed both overnight batsmen within the first hour of the day.
 
Masakadza (38) was the first to go, ending the 93-run partnership for the second wicket. Raza, who went past his second half-century of the match, followed soon after, heaving a full toss straight to deep midwicket. Raza's 65 runs took just 75 balls and included nine fours and two sixes, but his wicket effectively ended Zimbabwe's hopes of saving the game.
 
Brendan Taylor and Chakabva steadied the innings briefly with a 49-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Chakabva, who had scored 65 in the first innings fought valiantly, showing tremendous determination against a potent Bangladesh attack that was trying to finish the game quickly. He remained unbeaten on 89 off 181 balls, just 11 short of what would have been his second Test century.
 
There was little he could do though, as wickets tumbled at the other end. Zimbabwe lost its last five wickets for just 34 runs, and when Natsai M'shangwe, the No. 11, fell lbw to Shafiul, Chittagong erupted in joy. 
 
The victory was sealed by the bowlers, but it was Bangladesh's batsmen who had set it up, with scores of 503 and 319 for 5 in the two innings. Mominul Haque, who scored an unbeaten 131 in the second innings, was adjudged Man of the Match. Shakib, who picked up 18 wickets and scored 251 runs from three matches, was the Man of the Series.
 
Bangladesh had posted a three-wicket win in the first Test in Dhaka, following it up with a 162-run win in the second in Khulna. The 3-0 series win meant Bangladesh rises to No. 9 in the rankings, condemning Zimbabwe to last place.
 
The teams will now play a five-match one-day series that begins in Chittagong on November 21. 

Please click here to see the full scorecard and follow live ball-by-ball coverage of Bangladesh v Zimbabwe from Chittagong.

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