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Twitter Reactions: Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal massacre give Bangladesh 3-0 series win

Mashrafe Mortaza captained in his final ODI and his teammates made it a memorable occasion for the legend.

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Bangladesh. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Bangladesh were made to fight for victory in the second ODI in Sylhet due to Donald Tiripano’s late blitz. However, in the third game, the hosts came out all guns blazing and won by 123 runs (DLS Method). After a clinical batting show, the bowlers turned out to be clinical. The legendary Mashrafe Mortaza, the Tigers’ captain, was paid tribute by his teammates as he bid goodbye to leadership.

Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das go berserk

Zimbabwe’s decision to field first backfired miserably on them. The first 43 overs of the innings belonged to the Tigers’ duo of Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das. Both batters started careful, but upped the ante with the progression of their innings. Around the 33rd over mark, rain arrived and the match became a 43-over affair. After the break, Tamim and Liton toyed with the Zimbabwe bowling.

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Liton got to his century off 114 balls after which he flayed the bowling to notch 176 off 143 balls with the help of 16 fours and eight sixes. Tamim also racked up his second century on the trot off 98 balls. The pair eventually went on to amass 292 runs for the opening wicket in 40.5 overs. Pacer Carl Mumba got three wickets in the end, but Bangladesh scored 322 for the loss of three wickets.

Zimbabwe capitulate

The visitors were set a revised target of 342 at a rate around eight. Mashrafe Mortaza drew first blood, getting rid of Tinashe Kamunhukamwe. Regis Chakabva and Sean Williams got into the 30s, but couldn’t carry on. Williams became Afif Hossain’s maiden ODI wicket. The young Wesley Madhevere promised with a run-a-ball 42 before Mohammad Saifuddin induced a false shot of him.

Saifuddin also pinned Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza and number.11 Charlton Tshuma to end with a four-wicket haul. Raza fought hard, scoring 61 off 50 with five fours and a couple of sixes. But his efforts were never going to be enough as Zimbabwe were shot out for 218 in the 38th over. Taijul Islam chipped in with two wickets even as Mashrafe, Mustafizur Rahman and Afif got a wicket each.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to Bangladesh’s victory: –

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