Tigers whitewashed Zimbabwe

Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar each struck maginficent tons as Bangladesh pulled off a seven-wicket victory to sweep the three-match series 3-0 against Zimbabwe. 

Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar shared a record 220 runs for the second wicket to put Bangladesh on course to a victory in the third one-day international against Zimbabwe in Chattogram on Friday.

After Soumya’s wicket, Imrul carried on to complete his ton before he fell in the 40th over, with Tigers needing 13 more victory. Imrul struck 10 fours and two sixes in his 112-ball 115. Mushfiqur Rahim hit a six to complete the run chase as Tigers whitewashed Zimbabwe in the three-match series.

Set a target of 287 runs, Bangladesh lost a wicket in the very first ball of the innings when opener Liton Das was judged leg before off Kyle Jarvis.

But Imrul and Soumya batted with confidence to take the hosts 220 in 30th over before they lost another wicket.

Soumya departed after making 117 off 92 balls, his second ODI century in his comeback back match but Imrul remained firm with 91 not out.

Imrul, who scored 144 and 90 in the previous two matches, took over Tamim Iqbal’s record highest 312 runs in a three-match bilateral series against Bangladesh.

Tamim achieved the feat against Pakistan only in 2015.

Earlier, Sean Williams struck an unbeaten hundred to guide Zimbabwe to 286-5, their highest score at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Williams hit 129 off 143 balls and shared 132 with Brendan Taylor to help Zimbabwe recovered from 6-2 to post the competitive score

Needing for win to avoid a clean sweep defeat in the three-match series, Taylor made 75, his second successive fifty in the series, which came off 72 balls with eights fours and two sixes.

Williams, who smashed 10 fours and a six in his second ODI hundred, then added 84 runs with Sikandar Raza (40) for the fourth wicket after Taylor fell to left-arm spinner Nazmul Hossain.

Nazmul was the pick of Bangladeshi bowlers with 2-58.

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