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Malcolm Waller, Sikandar Raza help Zimbabwe fight back

Chasing 188 for series win, Bangladesh loses the third T20I by 31 runs despite Sabbir Rahman fifty

Malcolm Waller, Sikandar Raza help Zimbabwe fight back - Cricket News
Zimbabwe celebrate a wicket.
An all-round showing by Zimbabwe in the third Twenty20 International against Bangaldesh at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on Wednesday (January 20) allowed it to fight back after two losses and keep alive its hopes of levelling he four-match series. 

Chasing 188 to wrap up the series, Bangladesh started off in blazing fashion as Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman added 67 runs for the second wicket in seven overs. Sarkar fell to Graeme Cremer against the run of play, but Sabbir, who has been in supreme touch, continued the onslaught to bring up his first half-century of the series. He had hit nine fours on his way to 50 in 31 balls when the game’s turning point arrived in the 12th over, and set Zimbabwe up for a 31-run win.

Off Sikandar Raza’s second ball of the match – a short delivery that had runs written all over it – Sabbir miscued a pull shot and Taurai Muzarabani took an easy catch at backward square leg. 

Raza struck again in his next over when Mosaddek Hossain, one of the four debutants fielded by Bangladesh, was bowled off a tossed up delivery, having made 15 off 19 balls.

Shakib Al Hasan, who had picked up three wickets in Zimbabwe’s innings and in the process become a rare player with a double of 8000 runs and 400 wickets in international cricket, fell two balls later when Cremer had him caught at long-on.

With the innings reduced to 102 for 5 in 14.1 overs, Bangladesh lost the momentum and finished with 156 for 6.

That Zimbabwe posted 187 for 6 – its third-highest total ever and best batting effort in away games – was largely because of a strong start provided by Hamilton Masakadza, who was leading the side for the second consecutive match in the absence of Elton Chigumbura, and Vusi Sibanda (44).

The opening pair put on 45 runs in four overs before Mohammad Shahid picked up his maiden international wicket, getting Masakadza caught at point.

While in the past Zimbabwe has slipped after a good start, on the day, it kept the momentum through some spirited hitting by Malcolm Waller. Waller made a 23-ball 49, which included two fours and four sixes.

He got good support from Richmond Mutumbami (20) and Sean Williams (32). The 74-run partnership between Waller and Williams came after Shakib had got two batsmen caught at midwicket off slog sweeps in consecutive overs. In the final analysis, it proved to be a game-defining association.

The fourth and final game will be played at the same venue on January 22.

Please click here to review the match in full in the ICC Match Centre

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