In Mashrafe Mortaza's last ODI bout as skipper, Bangladesh have set Zimbabwe a target of 342 in 43 overs, courtesy of Liton Das' 176-run epic. Bangladesh ended their innings on 322-3 in their 43 overs after rain had forced the match to be shortened.
Tamim Iqbal also picked up his second successive century after picking up one in the second as he was unbeaten on 128 off 109 deliveries.
Rain interrupted the game in the 34th over of Bangladesh innings when Bangladesh were 188-0. And after the game resumed with just a bit less than 10 overs to go, Bangladesh batsmen took runs to take the side to a huge total.
It was Zimbabwe who won the toss and opted to bat first. But Sean Williams' decision soon proved to be a mistake as the Bangladeshi openers managed to brush aside the Zimbabwean bowlers and put up a brilliant stand. Both Tamim and Liton picked up the fifties and went on to break Bangladesh's record opening partnership in ODIs, which was of 170.
Liton went on to pick up his second hundred of the series and the third of his career. He might consider himself lucky as he was trapped in front by Williams on 54 but neither did the umpire give him out nor did Williams reviewed.
Soon after Liton reached his hundred, the rain came to the park and the match had to go off for about two hours. The conditions were revised to 43 overs and Bangladesh had 56 deliveries to bat.
And boy did they bat. Liton and Tamim wreaked havoc in those overs as they picked up
Particularly, Liton was more destructive before he got out as after the break he scored 74 runs in 27 balls. By the time he was caught at long-off, he had hit 16 fours and eight sixes in total and took hold of the record of Bangladesh's highest ODI individual knock. This record was set anew by Tamim just in the last match but Liton broke it only a couple of nights later.
Liton might also consider himself a tad lucky as he was dropped after the rain interruption thrice and once he was caught off a no-ball, but nothing takes away any praise for the incredible knock he played.
After Liton got out, Tamim also hit some balls out of the park and managed to take Bangladesh to 322-3.
Only Carl Mumba was successful for Zimbabwe as he picked up three wickets.