Just as the contest between the touring Zimbabwe side and hosts Bangladesh was beginning to heat up, rain has intervened to dampen the spirits and cause the abandonment of the fourth one-dayer in the five-match series.
Zimbabwe started the series on a victorious note, taking the first one-dayer by 9 runs in a tightly fought battle, have let the initiaive slip away from them. The side lost the subsequent two matches rather comprehensively with Bangladesh surging ahead in the series 2-1.
Emerging as practically the sole nemesis for the visitors has been Abdur Razak, who has once again proved his prowess as a slow left-arm orthosodx spinner. From the first match itself in which he took 4/40, he has tormented the Zimbabwe batsmen with a deceptive line, length and variable flight.
The tourists were barely able to cross the 200-run-mark in 50 overs, but somehow sneaked home by 9 runs, thanks to a good show from pace bowler Chris Mpofu who ensnared 3 for 25 in 9 tight overs, snatching up the Man of the Match award in the process.
While Mpofu has struggled to maintain that high standard in the 2nd and 3rd ODI, Razzak seems to have gotten even more destructive. In the second match, he rattled the Zimbabwe top order, finishing with 5 for 30 and in the third, once again had the Zimbabweans running for cover with a haul of 4 for 14. It is not surprising therefore, that he bears strong career stats, having played 110 ODIs and taking 162 wicket at an average of 26.70 with three 5-wicket hauls and five 4-wicket hauls.
In the batting department, both teams appear to have issues. Neither have the Bangladeshi to Zimbabwean openers been very consistent, but its the hosts' middle order that scores over Zimbabwe's same. Captain Shakib Al Hassan has been the most successful batsmen with scores of 63, 9 not out and 73.
Zimbabwe's highest scorer in the series has been Prosper Utseya who has come in at crucial times in all three matches, stamping useful contributions of 21, 32 and 67. His last innings was especially demonstrative of character since he came in when Zimbabwe were in tatters at 40/5 and resurrected the innings, although in a failed cause.
With the final one-dayer scheduled for the same venue of Chittagong, Zimbabwe will be hoping they can counter the deadly spin of Razzak and put on a forceful show to square the series. Meanwhile, Bangladesh will be looking to wrap up the series with another crushing win. Fans and onlookers wait with bated breath as Razzak marks up his dreaded run-up yet again.