Bangladesh 269-8 (Nasir Hossain 68) beat
Zimbabwe 148 (Ziaur Rahman 5-30) by 121 runs
First One-Day International, Bulawayo
Nasir Hossain scored a half-century and Ziaur Rahman took a five-wicket haul as Bangladesh thrashed Zimbabwe by 121 runs in the opening One-Day International in Bulawayo.
Hossain's 68 underpinned Bangladesh's score of 269 for eight and as Rahman returned figures of five for 30 in nine overs, Zimbabwe folded to be all out for just 148 in reply.
The only thing Bangladesh lost out on all day was the toss and after Zimbabwe inserted them, they put together a solid batting effort, led by Tamim Iqbal (31), Mohammad Ashraful (29) and Mominul Haque (38) at the top of the order.
There was a little wobble when Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan departed in quick succession for five and one respectively but from 94 for four, thanks to Hossain, Bangladesh kicked on again.
He hit seven fours and a six, sharing a 76-run partnership with Mominul and then adding 44 with Mahmudullah (36). Further runs came from Rahman (12), Abdur Razzak (16 not out) and Shafiul Islam (1 not out) as Bangladesh closed strongly despite Shingirai Masakadza taking the wickets of Iqbal, Ashraful, Rahim and Mahmudullah to finish with four for 51.
Shingirai's brother Hamilton then led Zimbabwe's response with 38 in 53 balls but Zimbabwe were quickly in trouble, losing Regis Chakabva (1) and debutant Sikandar Raza (3) to Shafiul Islam (2-39).
Brendan Taylor helped Masakadza add 65 for the third wicket but once Razzak bowled Taylor for 33, Zimbabwe's innings quickly fell away.
Sean Williams was run out for 10 and after Rahman trapped Masakadza in front, he struck again to remove Elton Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya without scoring as Zimbabwe lost four wickets without scoring a run and had slipped from 78 for two to 93 for seven.
There was no way back, although Malcolm Waller (19) and Shingirai Masakadza (33) at least added a touch of respectability to Zimbabwe's eventual score, Rahman completing a maiden five-wicket haul when he had Tinashe Panyangara trapped in front for a golden duck.
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