Akash Das Sports Correspondent:
The visiting Bangladesh took a 1-0 lead in the series by defeating hosts Zimbabwe by 155 runs in the first ODI of the three-match ICC Super League.
After losing the toss against hosts Zimbabwe at the Sports Club ground in Harare today, Bangladesh lost to captain Tamim Iqbal before adding any runs to the scoreboard. Shakib Al Hasan returned with 19 runs after being the second victim of Mujrabami, though he signaled a great start by batting in his preferred position. On this day, Mohammad Mithun and Mosaddek Hossain could not do justice to their names. Mithun and Mosaddek Hossain returned to the Zimbabwe national team after scoring 19 runs in four overs.
Opener Liton Das and Mahmudullah Riyad’s fifth-wicket partnership gave Bangladesh a glimmer of hope as they quickly lost four first-order batsmen. When Mahmudullah returned with a 33-run individual catch by Luke Janguar in Chakavar’s hand, the terrible 93-run partnership was broken. After Mahmudullah’s departure, Liton made another 50-run stand with young Afif Hossain. Before Engarabara became the second victim, 102 runs from 114 balls in 8 fours came from Liton’s bat. Even though Liton left, Afif led Bangladesh to a big collection by averaging 58 runs with Mehedi Hasan. Bangladesh scored 26 runs for the loss of 9 wickets at the end of 50 overs. 45 off 35 balls came from Afif’s bat and 26 runs from 25 balls came from Mehedi Hasan’s bat. For Zimbabwe, Luke Jangua took 3 wickets, Engaraba took 2 wickets and Chatara took one wicket.
Zimbabwe lost their way at the beginning after batting with the target of 26 runs given by Bangladesh. Before adding any run next to his name, Marumani returned straight to Saifuddin’s ball. Another opener, Madhav, returned with 9 runs and fell victim to Taskin. Zimbabwe, who lost two wickets quickly, wanted to cope with the initial push with the bat of captain Brendon Taylor and Meyers. However, Meyers returned after falling victim to Shariful Islam with a personal 18 runs.
Captain Taylor wanted to return to the match with wicketkeeper-batsman Chakava, who came on the field after Meyers’ departure. However, Shakib Al Hasan’s ball was caught by Taskin Ahmed and he returned with 24 runs. After Taylor’s departure, the team, which had taken 78-3 wickets at one point, was finally reduced to 121 runs in the procession of batsmen’s hopes. With the exception of Taylor-Meyers, two figures have been found, with Rigas Chakava scoring a half-century with only one side in the middle. Chakava returned with 54 runs off 51 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Shakib Al Hasan took 5 wickets for Bangladesh. Shariful Islam, Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Saifuddin took 1 wicket each.
Bangladesh 276/9 (50 overs)
Liton 102 Afif 45
Jangua 3/51 Mujrabami 2/47
Zimbabwe 121/9 (28.5 overs)
Chakava 54 Taylor 24
Shakib 5/30 Taskin 1/22
Result: Bangladesh won by 155 runs.
Best match: Liton Das.