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Bangladesh begin tri-series with huge win over Zimbabwe

Tamim Iqbal scored unbeaten 84 in the chase
Tamim Iqbal scored unbeaten 84 in the chase

Bangladesh 171-2 (Tamim 84no) beat
Zimbabwe 170 (Raza 52) by eight wickets
First game, Tri-Series, Dhaka

Shakib Al Hasan led with a three-wicket haul to dismiss Zimbabwe for 170 runs following which Tamim Iqbal scored a blistering 84 run knock to help Bangladesh complete the chase in 28.3 overs with eight wickets in hand to kick-start the tri-series tournament in Dhaka with a victory.

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl first. Opening the bowling, Shakib (3-43) removed both Solomon Mire (0) and Craig Ervine (0) in the first three deliveries.

Hamilton Masakadza (15) and comeback man Brendan Taylor (24) consolidated the innings for a bit with a 30-run stand but the visitors were soon reduced to 81 for five. Mashrafe Mortaza (1-25) triggered the collapse when Masakadza edged one to the keeper.

Mustafizur Rahman (2-29) and Sunzamul Islam (1-29) accounted for Taylor and Malcolm Waller (13) respectively. It was only Sikandar Raza (52) and Peter Moor (33), who showed some resilience amid wickets falling at the other end as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 170 runs in 49 overs.

In the chase, Tamim (84 not out) and Anamul Haque (19) scored 30 runs off the first 20 deliveries before the latter slog swept a Raza (2-53) delivery to the deep. Shakib (37) came at number three and plundered hat-trick of boundaries in the 11th over.

Tamim and Shakib added 78 runs for the second wicket to take the total past the 100-run mark but it was Raza once again, who provided Zimbabwe some respite when he trapped the latter LBW. That came after Raza used a review to overturn the decision.

Tamim decided to step up the accelerator and hit two more boundaries in the 22nd over to complete his fifty and in an eventful 28th over bowled by Blessing Muzarabani (0-31) where he bowled four no balls eased the pressure on Bangladesh as they completed the chase with eight wickets in hand to claim a 1-0 lead in the series.

Shakib was declared the man of the match for his all-round brilliance.

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