Bangladesh sweep Zimbabwe
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP):
Bangladesh completed its first ever 3-0 series sweep, and only its third ever series victory, as it cruised to a 186-run win over Zimbabwe on the fifth day of the third test yesterday.
Zimbabwe was bowled out for 262 chasing an unlikely 449 runs for victory as the Bangladeshi bowlers put up a disciplined and accurate performance to pick up wickets at regular intervals on the final day.
It was the only third time Bangladesh has won a test series after a 1-0 series win against the same opponents in 2005 and a 2-0 victory over the West Indies in 2009.
Regis Chakabva offered some resistance and scored an unbeaten 89 with seven fours and six as he led Zimbabwe's slim hopes of saving the test and avoiding a series whitewash.
Sikandar Raza scored a fluent 65 while Hamilton Masakadza made 38 but Zimbabwe lacked a long partnership to anchor the innings and lost its last three wickets for just one run as the tea break approached.
Overnight unbeaten batsmen Raza and Masakadza started the day confidently after Zimbabwe resumed at 71-1.
Raza brought up his second 50 in the test with a boundary against Shuvagata Hom to be the first Zimbabwe opener to hit a half century in both innings of a test since 2001.
Part time off-spinner Shuvagata Hom however put Bangladesh on top in the morning session.
Hom made the breakthrough, dismissing Hamilton Masakadza with a slower delivery and then followed it with the crucial wicket of Raza from a full toss.
Leg-spinner Jubair Hossain then removed Taylor for 24 and Elton Chigumbura (5) in quick succession to help Bangladesh edge closer to the historic milestone.
Bangladesh scored a record 503 against Zimbabwe in the first innings, before Jubair Hossain's maiden five-for (5-96) bowled the African nation out for 374 to give the hosts a 129-run lead.
Bangladesh won the first test by three wickets and the second by 162 runs to send Zimbabwe to the bottom of the ICC test rankings.