Williams guides Zimbabwe to 286-5

26 Oct,2018


Sean Williams struck an unbeaten hundred to guide Zimbabwe to 286-5 in the third one-day international against Bangladesh in Chattogram on Friday.

Williams hit 129 off 143 balls and shared 132 with Brendan Taylor to help Zimbabwe recovered from 6-2 to post their highest score at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Needing for  win to avoid a clean sweep defeat in the three-match series, Taylor made 75, his second successive fifty in the series, which came off 72 balls with eights fours and two sixes.

Williams, who smashed 10 fours and a six in his second ODI hundred, then added 84 runs with Sikandar Raza (40) for the fourth wicket after Taylor fell to left-arm spinner Nazmul Hossain.

Nazmul was the pick of Bangladeshi bowlers with 2-58.

Opting to bowl first after skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza won his third successive toss in the series, Mohammad Saifuddin struck only in the second over when he bowled Cephas Zhuwao for a duck.

Paceman Hider bowled Hamilton Masakadza (two) in the next over shortly after a strong lbw appeal was turned down by umpire in the same over. 

Bangladesh had the chance to put under more pressure but Hider dropped Taylor off his own bowling on six runs, which proved to be costly in end. 

The Tigers made three changes from their seven-wicket win in the second game as they included debutant Ariful Haque, Soumya Sarkar and Abu Hider in place of Fazle Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman and Mehedi Hasan.

Zimbabwe on the other hand brought in Richard Ngarava and Wellington Masakadza for Tendai Chatara and Brandon Mavuta.

The Tigers have already won both the previous matches to confirm their series victory over the visitors.

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