Series begins with a fabulous victory
‘We are favorite in the home ground’- it was not uttered by the Bangladesh captain but the Zimbabwean captain said that they were the favorite. But it is true at present that Bangladesh is leading the series 1-0 defeating Zimbabwe in the first ODI by 28 runs.
After winning the toss Bangladesh captain Mashrafe opted to bat first. Earlier on Saturday at a press conference he mentioned that any team can win the match after scoring 250 runs in this crease. And for this target he decided to bat first in the opening match.
But the proceedings of throwing wickets by the Bangladesh batsmen made the tent doubtful of scoring total 200 runs.
Liton Das was dismissed on 4 when the total runs were 16. Then the debutant Fazle Rabbi returned without scoring run.
Imrul-Mushfiq pair gave a little light but could not proceed long. Mushfiqur departs scoring 15 runs.
Then coming to the crease Mithun was scoring runs fast with Imrul Kayes. But the right handed batsman went to the pavilion scoring 37 runs playing 40 balls. Then Mahmudullah with a duck and Miraz with 1 returned to the dressing room. Tension was mounting.
But Imrul Kayes did not get out from his track. He rescued the team with his heroic tone. In this journey all rounder Saifuddin accompanied him. Imrul scored his career best 144 runs out of 140 balls while Saifuddin scored 50.
Bangladesh scored 271 runs with loss of 8 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs.
To achieve the target of 272, Zimbabwe started like favorite. But their first wicket fell when the score was 48. Mustafizur took the wicket of opener Zhuwao (35). Soon after that Nazmul Islam Apu took the wicket of Taylor.
Another opener Masakadza was run out for 21. Then the wicket of Sikandar Raza and Arvin fell. Experienced Swan Williams tried his best for the team but the other batsman could not deliver their best. Williams (50) fought with Kyle Jervis in their partnership of 67 runs.
But they have to accept the 28 runs defeat with loss of 9 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs.
Bangladesh’s Mehidy bagged 3 and Nazmul 2 wickets.