Home side posts 273 for 9 and then restricts Zimbabwe to 128 for 145-run win in first ODI
Mushfiqur Rahim starred with a fine century before Shakib Al Hasan picked up five wickets as Bangladesh took a 1-0 lead in its three-match series against Zimbabwe with a 145-run win in the first One-Day International in Dhaka on Saturday (November 7).
Rahim, who hit a brisk 107 off 109 balls, helped the home side recover from a shaky start to post 273 for 9 before Shakib's 5 for 47 kept Zimbabwe to 128 in 36.1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Shakib gave Bangladesh the breakthrough it needed when he sent back Chamu Chibhabha, the opener, in the ninth over. He struck again twice as Zimbabwe found itself at 65 for 4 by the 18th over.
Elton Chigumbura tried to resist during a 41 that included two sixes, but he found little support. Richmond Mutumbami was unable to bat after he hurt his ankle while wicketkeeping earlier in the game.
Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh skipper, claimed 2 for 13, while Al-Amin Hossain and Nasir Hossain chipped in with a wicket apiece.
That Bangladesh got to 273 was thanks to Rahim and Sabbir Rahman, who built the innings with a 119-run fifth-wicket partnership after the side was reduced to 123 for 4. Rahman made 57 off 58 balls, while Rahim hit nine fours and a six in his fourth ODI century, before he was run out with a direct throw by Cremer from backward point.
Tamim Iqbal chipped in with a useful 40 and a 70-run third-wicket partnership with Rahim after Bangladesh lost Liton Das, in his new role as opener, and Mahmudullah cheaply.
Sikandar Raza claimed 2 for 47, including the crucial wicket of Tamim, while Taurai Muzarabani finished with 2 for 64.
The second match of the three-match series will be at the same ground on Monday.
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