Zimbabwe Set 277 to Beat Bangladesh and Avoid ODI Sweep

Openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes hit 73 runs each to steer Bangladesh to 276-9 against Zimbabwe in their third and final ODI.

Published: 11th November 2015 04:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th November 2015 04:35 PM   |  A+A-

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Bangladesh's Mahmudullah, left, follows the ball after playina a shot, as Zimbabwe’s wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva watches during the third one-day international cricket match between the teams in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. | AP

By AP

DHAKA: Openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes hit 73 runs each to steer Bangladesh to a respectable 276-9 against Zimbabwe in their third and final one-day international on Wednesday.

Iqbal and Kayes combined for a 147-run partnership after captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza elected to bat first.

Their effort was complemented by Mahmudullah, who made 52, his first half-century since the World Cup, before he was run out on the second-to-last ball of the innings.

Mushfiqur Rahim scored 28.

Bangladesh, which aims to sweep the series, would have expected to score 300-plus for the first time in the series after start by Iqbal and Kayes on a pitch that was a batting paradise.

Paceman Luke Jongwe and offspinner Graeme Cremer took two wickets apiece.

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