Ashraful Century Too Much For Zimbabwe
Bangladesh 211-2 (Mohammad Ashraful 103no, Tamim Iqbal 63) beat
Zimbabwe 207 (Vermeulen 92, Nazmul Hossain 3-29) by eight wickets
First One-Day International, Bulawayo
Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful scored his third One-Day International century to condemn Zimbabwe to an eight-wicket defeat in Bulawayo.
Mark Vermeulen celebrated his return to international cricket with a half-century but it wasn't enough to prevent his team going 1-0 down in the five-match ODI series.
Zimbabwe were bowled out for 207 before Ashraful's unbeaten 103 eased Bangladesh to victory in the 35th over of their innings.
Vermeulen, back in the side following various disciplinary issues on and off the pitch, hit 92 in 128 balls with six boundaries but he was the only batsman to pass 20 runs as Bangladesh kept the Zimbabweans in check.
Brendan Taylor and Elton Chigumbura both made 20 as a string of batsmen got in and got out, Nazmul Hossain reaping the rewards with three for 29 and spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah picked up two wickets apiece.
Left-arm pacer Syed Rasel and leg-spinner Mohammad Ashraful were the other players to strike with the ball and Vermeulen was the seventh man to be dismissed when he was run out by Roqibul Hasan and Rasel in the 43rd over.
Bangladesh made a solid start, Iqbal and Junaid Siddique (21) putting on 30 for the first wicket before Iqbal and Ashraful took the game decisively away from Zimbabwe with a second-wicket stand of 137.
Iqbal hit seven fours and Ashraful scored his 103 runs in as many balls, going along at well above a run-a-ball before he slowed with the match virtually won and closing on his personal milestone.
He hit 12 fours and two sixes while Roqibul was unbeaten on 11 at the other end.
The match was the first in a five-game series and the second game takes place on Tuesday, 11th August.
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