Rahim, Shakib lead Bangladesh to a massive win
Bangladesh 273-9 (Rahim 107) beat
Zimbabwe 128 (Chigumbura 41) by 145 runs
First One-Day International in Mirpur
Having won the toss, Zimbabwe opted to bowl. The decision bore fruit when Liton Das (0) chipped a catch to backward point off Luke Jongwe (1-45).
Tinashe Panyangara (1-38) produced an inswinging delivery to castle Mahmudullah (9). Bangladesh reached 39 for two in the powerplay phase.
Rahim (107) and Tamim Iqbal (40) got together to forge a 70-run stand for the third wicket.
Iqbal fell in the 24th over trying to go big, only to hole out to long on off Sikandar Raza (2-47). By the halfway stage, Bangladesh were placed at 105 for three.
Rahim reached his fifty in 52 balls. Hasan (16) was beaten in flight by Raza and the keeper effected a quick stumping.
In the 31st over, Zimbabwe’s wicket-keeper Richmond Mutumbami took a blow on the ankle and was taken off the field. He didn’t return thereafter.Malcolm Waller took the over the gloves.
Rahim got together with Sabbir Rahman (57) to build a crucial 119-run stand for the sixth wicket. Bangladesh scored 194 for four by the 40th over.
Sabbir brought his fifty with a six and a boundary off Jongwe in the 45th over. A few moments later, Rahim completed his fourth ODI hundred.
Bangladesh lost the wickets of Sabbir, Nasir Hossain (0) and Rahim in the space of six balls. However, Mashrafe Mortaza (14) and Arafat Sunny (15) played cameos to plunder 19 runs of the final over to push Bangladesh’s total to 273 for nine.
Taurai Muzarabani (2-64) and Raza picked two wickets each while Panyangara and Jongwe had one scalp apiece.
Zimbabwe were handed an early reprieve when Mustafizur Rahman (0-27) dropped a tough return catch of Jongwe (39), who came to open the innings in the absence of Mutumbami (absent hurt).
Chamu Chibhabha (9) attempted to hit Hasan (5-47) for a six, but holed out to long-off. Zimbabwe managed 43 runs for the loss of a wicket from the powerplay.
Hasan struck once more in the 14th over to dismiss Craig Ervine (2), who handed a simple catch to mid-off.
Al-Amin Hossain (1-15) induced an edge off Jongwe and the wicket-keeper made no mistake. Zimbabwe suffered further when Hasan sent down a delivery which went past Sean Williams’ (8) edge and shattered the stumps.
The procession of wickets continued as Mortaza (2-13) got Raza to feather a catch to the wicket-keeper. This was Mortaza’s 200th ODI wicket.
Waller (1) was dropped by Shakib, but in the very next over he scooped a catch to point off Mortaza. Zimbabwe were reeling at 83 for six at that stage.
Hasan got his fourth victim when an arm ball caught Graeme Cremer (15) plumb in front. In his next over, Hasan castled Panyangara (5) to complete his maiden five-wicket haul.
A few moments later, Nasir (1-6) dismissed Elton Chigumbura (41) leg before to wrap up Zimbabwe’s innings at 128. Mutumbami was unable to come out to bat.
Hasan picked five wickets while Mortaza had two to his name. Al-Amin and Nasir took one wicket each.
Rahim was awarded the man of the match for his hundred. The second ODI will be played on 9th November in Mirpur, Dhaka.
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