Bangladesh finally got their rhythm back as they thrashed Afghanistan by a convincing margin of 141 runs in the third ODI to seal the three-match series 2-1 in Mirpur on Saturday. Led by Tamim Iqbal, who smashed his seventh ODI hundred, the Tigers in the process registered their 100th win in the 50-over format.
The home side showed their dominance throughout the third ODI after Tamim blasted a magnificent run-a-ball 118 with the help of 11 fours and two sixes to become the highest Bangladesh centurion in 50-over cricket. Sabbir Rahman also struck a fifty as he, along with Tamim, added 140 runs for the second wicket to guide the Tigers to 279/8 from 50 overs.
In reply, the Tigers bowlers displayed a discipline performance with left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain, making a comeback to the national team after over eight years, picking up 3/24 from his eight overs to help bundle Afghanistan out for just 138 in 33.5 overs.
Opting to bat first, Bangladesh looked positive right from the start. However, Soumya Sarkar once again failed with the bat, continuing his poor run in the series. He was dismissed for 11 when he edged Mirwais Ashraf in the sixth over.
In contrast, Tamim was extremely lucky as he was dropped on one by skipper Asghar Stanikzai and it proved to be devastating for the visitors.
Sabbir was promoted to No 3 for the first time in the 50-over format and he exhibited his attacking approach to the fullest as he and Tamim played some delightful strokes all over the ground and laid the foundation for a big total.
The right-handed Sabbir registered his third ODI fifty and just when he was heading towards a big innings, he was dismissed after scoring 65 off 79 balls with three sixes and six boundaries.
Tamim, on the other hand, looked composed as he ensured of converting his 50 into a ton after missing out in the first game. The left-hander was dismissed after scoring 118 as Bangladesh were 212/3 in 38.4 overs and were all set to go past the 300-mark.
But once again the home side were unable to launch in the last 10 overs where Shakib al Hasan (17), Mushfiqur Rahim (12) and Mosaddek Hossain (four) all failed as the home side added 65 runs in the last 10 overs courtesy Mahmudullah’s unbeaten 22-ball 32.
Afghanistan never looked comfortable when they came out to chase 280, losing wickets at regular intervals. Rahmat Shah was the highest scorer with 36 while opener Nawroz Mangal scored 33 but none of the other Afghan batsmen were able to score significantly.
Mosharraf bowled well in his comeback while Taskin Ahmed bagged two wickets.
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mashrafe bin Mortaza (C), Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam, Mosharraf Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain
Mohammad Shahzad (WK), Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Rashid Khan, Mirwais Ashraf and Dawlat Zadran