Zimbabwe Claim Nine-Run Win Over Bangladesh
Zimbabwe 209 (Chakabva 45, Ervine 41) beat
Bangladesh 200 (Shakib Al Hasan 63) by nine runs
First One-Day International, Mirpur
Zimbabwe held on to win the first One-Day International against Bangladesh by nine runs as the two sides' five-match series got off to an entertaining start in Mirpur.
Although Zimbabwe were dismissed for just 209 after being invited to bat first by Bangladesh, they hit back to dismiss their hosts for 200 and claim victory.
Regis Chakabva top scored for Zimbabwe with 45, batting at number three in the order and making a career-best score while he was supported by Craig Ervine's 41 after openers Brendan Taylor (27) and Chamu Chibhabha (24) had put on 53 for the first wicket.
Bangladesh rallied with spinners Abdur Razzak returning four for 41, Suhrawadi Shuvo two for 32 and Mahmudullah two for 38.
They then made a good start with the bat as openers Tamim Iqbal (23) and Imrul Kayes (41) batted positively before they began to lose wickets which allowed Zimbabwe back into the game.
Pacer Christopher Mpofu took three for 25 by dismissing Tamim, Mahmudullah (14) and then Shakib, who made 63 in 65 balls and looked set to steer his side to victory before he was the ninth man out with the score on 195.
Zunaed Siddique (11), Shuvo (11), Mashrafe Mortaza (12) and Shafiul Islam (3) were all run out as Bangladesh lost their way with Islam the last man to fall when ten were required for victory with seven balls in the game remaining.
There were also two wickets for left-arm spinner Ray Price and one for off-spinner Prosper Utseya.
The second game is on 3rd December.
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