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01-Oct-2016 16:15:00 GMT
Bangladesh v Afghanistan, 3rd ODI, Mirpur

Ton-up Tamim leads Bangladesh to Series Win

Dhaka: Bangladesh have hammered Afghanistan in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) at Dhaka, winning the match by 141 runs.

In this process, Bangladesh have also won the three-ODI series 2-1 and will be upbeat facing England, their next visitors, at home.

Winning the toss in the 3rd ODI, Bangladesh decided to bat and riding on opener and Man of the Match  Tamim Iqbal‘s century managed to sail to 279 for 8 in 50 overs.

Bangladesh bowlers were expected to deliver in this crunch encounter and they did not disappoint as they earned a comprehensive victory. Mosharraf Hossain’s three wickets along with contributions from Taskin Ahmed and skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza helped them dominate Afghanistan.

Bangladesh also reached to their 100th win in ODIs which makes this win memorable.

Earlier, opener Tamim Iqbal scored a record century but Afghanistan managed to restrict Bangladesh to 279-8.

Tamim made the most of an early life to hit 118 in as many balls to give Bangladesh a platform for a big total but the home side lost the momentum once he fell to Mohammad Nabi.

Substitute fielder Naveen-ul-Haq took the catch at long-off to end the onslaught of Tamim, who hit 11 fours and two sixes in his seventh ODI hundred, the most by a Bangladesh cricketer.

Dropped by Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai when he was only on one run Tamim never looked back and completed his century with a single off Dawlat Zadran before hitting Rahmat Shah two sixes off successive balls.

Tamim got very good support from one down Sabbir Rahman, who scored his career best 65 off 79 balls and put 140 runs for the third wicket with the left-hander after the early dismissal of opener Soumya Sarkar (11).

Needing a win for their sixth consecutive series victory at home soil, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza elected to bat first and was looking for exactly this kind of platform from his top-order batsmen.

Bangladesh looked on course to well excess of 300 runs when the duo batted but dramatically lost their way, something that has typified their batting throughout the series.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan stopped the run flow, along with Nabi, with two crucial wickets and finished with 2-39.

Medium pacer Mirwais Ashraf also played his part with two wickets for 43 runs.

Mahmudullah staged a late recovery for Bangladesh with an unbeaten 32 from 22 balls.

Bangladesh bowlers were all over the lackluster Afghanistan side with the white ball as they chipped in with wickets from the first ten overs itself. Afghanistan were 89 for 7 at one stage and a brief partnership between Rashid Khan and Najibullah Zadran helped them from big humiliation.

They added 43 runs for the eight wicket. Mohammad Shahzad failed as he went without scoring. Rahmat Shah and Nawroz Mangal got starts but could not convert as the rest of the batting crumbled on the big night.

Brief scores
Bangladesh -
279 for 8 (Tamim 118, Sabbir 65, Rashid 2-39)
Afghanistan - 138 (Mosharraf Hossain 3-24, Taskin 2-31)
Result - Bangladesh won by 141 runs
Man of the the match and series - Tanun Iqbal (Bangladesh)

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