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Vusi Sibanda blasted ton as Zimbabwe won vs. Bangladesh – 3rd ODI

Zia Rana May 8, 2013

Zimbabwe 3-251 (Vusi Sibanda 103*, Sean Williams 55*, Ziaur Rahman 1-25) beat Bangladesh 9-247 (Mahmudullah 75*, Nasir Hossain 63, Brian Vitori 2-43) by seven wickets.

Vusi Sibanda thrashed an unbeaten hundred vs. Bangladesh and the home bowlers restricted the visitors to a reasonable score as Zimbabwe won the game easily.

Bangladesh managed 247 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the measured 50 overs and Zimbabwe achieved the target by hammering 251 with seven wickets in hand while utilizing 47.1 overs.

Vusi Sibanda was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his brave unbeaten knock of 103. He was also announced ‘Player of the series’ for his excellent batting since he smashed 152 runs in just two matches at an awesome average of 152.00.

The third and final One Day International was played on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo.

Earlier, Brendan Taylor, won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first on a nice looking pitch. Bangladesh was in trouble straight away by losing their two top order batsmen at just 15 runs when their skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim, got together with Tamim Iqbal who was dropped in the fifth over. They kept on dragging with rare boundaries and reached 60 after 15 overs as Mushfiqur Rahim hit 1 six and 1 four in the next over. He became the third victim at 77 in 18.2 overs after scoring 32 and Tamim Iqbal followed him seven runs later for 32 as well.

The victorious Zimbabwe team

The victorious Zimbabwe team

Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain took the score to 110 before the first was caught by Vusi Sibanda off Sean Williams for 18. Mahmudullah walked in next as the run rate was checked by the hosts and the runs were difficult to score. Nasir Hossain got his first boundary after 36 balls and Mahmudullah tasted his first four on the 33rd. The first attained his seventh ODI fifty in the 41st over and hit 2 fours in the following one. The sixth wicket partnership was broken at 189 in 42.5 overs when Nasir Hossain was caught behind by Taylor off Kyle Jarvis for 63 off 74 with 4 fours. Mahmudullah achieved his 9th ODI half century in the 48th over and remained unbeaten for 75 from 73 deliveries comprising 2 lofty sixes and 5 fours as Bangladesh scored 9-247 in 50 overs.

Kyle Jarvis, Brian Vitori and Tendai Chatara were the main wicket takers with two wickets each whereas Prosper Utseya and Sean Williams shared one each.

Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza opened the innings for Zimbabwe quietly by scoring 28 runs in the first seven overs with 3 fours from the latter. Masakadza hit 1 six and 1 four in the next over as Sibanda woke up in the 9th one by getting 3 consecutive fours. The openers provided a solid stand of 79 in 14 overs as Hamilton Masakadza was caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim off Robiul Islam for 41. Sikandar Raza joined in next with Sibanda and the pace of scoring was enhanced with regular boundaries by the two batsmen. They took the score to 135 in 30.2 overs when Sikandar Raza was caught by Nasir Hossain off Ziaur Rahman for 37.Brendan Taylor remained off colour as he was caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim off Mahmudullah for just two runs.

Sean Williams appeared in the park when Vusi Sibanda was securing his end at 52 and hit a six in the 35th over. The latter opted to attack and accumulated 9 runs in the 38th over with 2 fours and Williams geared up by hitting 1 six and 1 four in the 41st. Both batsmen were dropped in the 44th over at the bowling of Abdur Razzak as Williams reached his 14th ODI fifty in the 46th over and Sibanda blasted his second hundred in the limited overs cricket on the first ball of the 48th over. Vusi Sibanda was at the crease for 103 off 135 with 2 sixes and 9 fours, Sean Williams scored 55 from 46 with 1 six and 6 fours as the home team powered 3-251 in 47.1 overs.

Zimbabwe became victorious in the final game by a huge margin of seven wickets and won the series 2-1.

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