Chevrons lose final match

By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

THE Zimbabwe national cricket team failed to complete a series whitewash against Bangladesh after losing the third and final One Day International match by 105 runs at Harare Sports Club this Wednesday.

Having already won the series, the home side was aiming for their first ODI whitewash over a full member nation in 21 years.

Despite half-centuries from Afif Hossain and Anamul Haque, the Chevrons restricted Bangladesh to 256 for 9 in the third ODI, ensuring they had a smaller target to chase than the first two matches.

However, a top and middle order collapse destroyed any chance of a whitewash.

The highlight of the day was still to come as Richard Ngarava and Victor Nyauchi put up a record 10th wicket partnership for Zimbabwe.

The two bowlers got together with the score at 83 for nine and put up 68 runs before Mustafi Rahman grabbed the final wicket.

Their exploits saw them bettering the 60 runs that Shingi Masakadza and Ian Nicholes put together in 2010.

All in all, Ngarava and Nayauchi’s efforts saw them being the 10th best wicket partnership of all time in world cricket.

After winning both the T20 and the ODI series, the Chevrons are only seeing positives.

“The amount if youngsters we managed to okay in this series and getting wins puts us in good standing ahead of other assignments. Individual scores have also been wonderful. I think this has just been a series of positives and we need to build on that,” said Sikander Raza, Chevrons all-rounder.

Raza was named man of the series for his two hundred and numerous wickets during the series and his exploits have seen him rising to be the 4th best all-rounder in the world.

The Chevrons now shift their focus to the Indian Series which starts next week, with the Asian side expected to arrive in the country on Saturday.