Bangladesh gave Zimbabwe a heavy 121-run defeat in the first One-day International, thanks to Nasir Hossain’s responsible batting and Ziaur Rahman’s destructive bowling. Now Bangladesh are leading 1-0 in the three-match ODI series.

[caption id="attachment_801" align="alignright" width="229"]Zimbabwe were 78 for two, but at 148 they were all gone (Photo: AFP) Zimbabwe were 78 for two, but at 148 they were all gone (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

Zimbabwe put Bangladesh into bat after winning the toss at Bulawayo’s Queens Sports Club. Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful gave Bangladesh a good opening stand of 65 runs, but soon after their dismissals in the 14th and 16th overs, respectively, the departure of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan changed the scenario. At the time, Mominul Haque and Nasir Hossain added 76 crucial runs to the total. Momin played a relatively slow innings of 38 off 66, but it was the need of the time and he supported Hossain all the way.

Hossain’s innings was undoubtedly the best of the day. With the help of one six and seven fours, he scored 68 off 67 and when he went back to the pavilion, Zimbabwe’s score had crossed the 200 mark. Mahmudullah’s 36 runs in the final moments helped Bangladesh’s total reach 269, which proved enough to seal victory in the match.

Zimbabwe’s Shingi Masakadza took four, Tendai Chatara took two and Tinashe Panyangara took one wicket.

Chasing a 270-run target, Zimbabwe’s collapse started from the very beginning. After Regis Chakabva was dismissed in the second over, the debutant Sikandar Raza was also bowled out soon after. Both wickets were taken by Shafiul Islam. Pakistan-based Raza failed to make an impressive start of his career. After the addition of 65 runs in the third wicket, Zimbabwe got the decisive blow when Abdur Razzak bowled out in-form Zimbabwean captain Brendan Taylor. He could score 33 off 37. Afterwards, Zimbabwe’s fall of wickets seemed unstoppable. One of the most humiliating moments for the team was when they lost four wickets on the total of 93. Perhaps, Ziaur Rahman finished the opponent’s innings in two overs.

Bangladesh won by 121-run margin as Zimbabwe were restricted to 148 in 33 overs.

Ziaur Rahman took five wickets in nine overs at the expense of 30 runs, and was named as the player-of-the-match for his outstanding performance. Shafiul Islam took two, and Rabiul Islam and Abdur Razzak took one wicket apiece.

Both teams will now play on May 5 at the same venue.
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