Soumya Sakar hit an entertaining 117 while opener Imrul Kayes brought up his second century in third match as Bangladesh effortlessly sealed a seven-wicket victory against Zimbabwe in the third match to sweep the three-match series on Friday.
Sarkar and Kayes who made 115, combined for 220 runs for Bangladesh’s highest second wicket partnership to help the side overhaul Zimbabwe’s 286-5, for just 42.1 overs.
Sarkar hit nine fours and six sixes in his 92 ball-117, his second century and the first after three years.
He and in-form Kayes came together after fast bowler Kyle Jarvis struck in the first ball of Bangladesh’s innings, dismissing Liton Das for 0.
Kayes followed up his career-best 144 and 90 with yet another century, his third and ended the series with 349, the second best in a three-match series, just behind Pakistan’s Babar Azam’s 360.
As they set up the innings, Mushfiqur Rahim, unbeaten on 28, hit a six over deep mid-wicket to fittingly finish the game in a show of sheer domination.
Earlier, Sean Williams’s career best 129 not out and Brendan Taylor’s 75 gave struggling Zimbabwe an impetus.
Bangladesh reduced Zimbabwe to 6-2 six for two in three overs, after Mashrafe Mortaza opted to bowl first, keeping the dew factor in mind.
Mixed with caution and aggression, Williams and Taylor shared a 132-run for the third wicket stand before the latter perished to a slog sweep against left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam Apu.
Williams went on to playing till the last and got a support in Sikandar Raza and Peter Moor with whom he further shared 84 and 62 runs to keep the side aloft.
But Bangladesh bowlers bowled in disciplined manner towards the end to prevent Zimbabwe from going past 300 runs.
Raza made 40 while Peter Moor scored 28. Nazmul Islam claimed 2-58 while pace bowlers Abu Haider and Saifuddin took one apiece.
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