Khulna - Malcolm Waller and Vusi Sibanda set up a big total as Zimbabwe
crushed Bangladesh by 31 runs in the third Twenty20 international in
Khulna on Wednesday to stay alive in the four-match series.
Opener Sibanda struck 44 off 33 balls and Waller hammered 49 off 23
as Zimbabwe posted 187/6 before restricting Bangladesh to 156/6 in a
packed Sheikh Abu Nasir Stadium.
Sabbir Rahman made 50 off 32 balls for the home side, who won the
first two matches by four wickets and 42 runs respectively, but found
Zimbabwe's total too much of an ask.
Sabbir put on 67 runs with Soumya Sarkar (25) for the second wicket
to give Bangladesh a positive start before Zimbabwe took control of the
game through their spinners.
Leg-spinner Graeme Cremer claimed 3-18 while Sikandar Raza chipped in with 2-7.
After losing the first two matches, Zimbabwe's Sibanda came out
firing with stand-in skipper Hamilton Masakadza, putting on 45 in the
opening stand in just four overs.
Mohammad Shahid, playing his debut T20 for Bangladesh, broke the
stand, with Mosaddek Hossain taking a catch at point to dismiss
Masakadza for 20.
Shakib Al Hasan, who claimed 3-32, removed Richard Mutumbami (20) and
Sibanda in successive overs to bring some respite for the home side.
But Waller, who hit two fours and four sixes, and Sean Williams (32)
added 74 for the fourth wicket to ensure Zimbabwe did not stall.
Apart from Shahid, a string of other Bangladesh players made their
T20 debut including Mosaddek, all-rounder Muktar Ali and paceman Abu
Batsman Imrul Kayes has also been brought into the squad, while
several others were rested and batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and paceman
Mustafizur Rahman are nursing injuries.
The fourth and final match of the series will be on January 22 at the same ground.