Bangladesh survived a late onslaught from Faraz Akram to beat Zimbabwe by nine runs in the third Twenty20 international and seal the five-match series 3-0 in Chittagong yesterday.

Playing his first match in the series, Faraz hit an unbeaten 34 off 19 balls, a record for any Zimbabwean batting at number 10, but the visitors still finished short at 156-9.

Faraz and Wellington Masakadza put on 54 for the ninth wicket to lift the side from 91-8.

The visitors needed 21 runs from the final over but Mohamed Saifuddin bowled Masakadza in the first ball to put Bangladesh back on top.

Saifuddin, who made 3-42, held his nerve to concede only three runs from the last three balls.

Towhid Hridoy earlier scored his maiden Twenty20 international with 57 off 38 balls, helping the hosts recover from a sluggish start after they were put in to bat first.

Jaker Ali provided Towhid ample support with 44 off 34 balls as the pair shared 87 for the fourth wicket.

"Today the wicket was a bit slow. That's why we took time, I told my partner to do the same, after we are set we will execute," said player of the match Towhid Hridoy.

Blessing Muzarabani claimed 3-14 for Zimbabwe, his career best figure, but his teammates struggled to contain the innings.

Muzarabani bowled Liton Das for 12 as the opener shuffled across to play a paddle sweep, only to miss the line of the ball.

Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza bowled his counterpart Najmul Hossain Shanto for six to leave Bangladesh 29-2.

Sikandar said in the post-match presentation that "the top five including myself have to raise our hands for the failure".

"Bangladesh have shown us that one guy can get set and the others can bat around him. This target was chasable," the skipper added.

Jaker joined Towhid after Faraz scalped opener Tanzid Hasan for 21 to help Bangladesh shift gear.

Muzarabani bowled Towhid and Jaker in the space of three balls in the penultimate over.

Bangladesh won the opening two matches to lead the five-match series 2-0.

The final two matches of the series will be played in Dhaka on Friday and Sunday.

Bangladesh 165-5 in 20 overs (Towhid Hridoy 57, Jaker Ali 44; B. Muzarabani 3-14) vs Zimbabwe 156-9 (F. Akram 34, T. Marumani 31; Mohammad Saifuddin 3-42, Rishad Hossain 2-38)

Toss: Zimbabwe

Result: Bangladesh win by nine runs

Series: Bangladesh win five-match series 3-0