Some spirited bowling display from host Bangladesh helped to restrict Zimbabwe in a low total of 170 runs in the opening match of the tri-nation series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Monday.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss and decided to field first in the foggy mid-day first innings and eventually successful to bundle Zimbabwe in a paltry score.
The day’s play broke out horrifically for the African nation. Bangladesh captain handed the ball to Shakib Al Hasan to open the innings which worked wonder for the Tigers. Zimbabwe batsmen found him unplayable, Shakib bolstered two major breakthroughs in the very first over of the innings.
Opening batsman Solomon Mire chipped his leg outside of the batting crease when Mushfiqur Rahim dislodged the bell, the television replays, in whatsoever, confirmed the decision and Zimbabwe lost their first wicket in the first delivery of the innings.
Just a ball in between when Zimbabwe were two down. A usual flighted delivery from Shakib was edged by Craig Ervine in the leg side finding Sabbir Rahman taking the easy catch.
Any hope of survival from the initial disaster was ruined by captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza, the 28 run third wicket partnership came to an end when Hamilton Masakadza nicked a big edge to wicket keeper Mushfiqur Rahim off Mashrafe bin Mortaza scoring 15 runs.
Young gun Mustafizur Rahman came into the attack and immediately cluttered the opposition batting line up with the huge wicket of Brendon Taylor. Taylor lost his wicket poking to the wicket keeper Mushfiqur Rahim although he seemed well settled in the crease.
Taylor’s 45 came off 24 balls with two shots of four. Zimbabwe innings immensely slowed down at that stage. Sikandar Raza and Malcolm Waller tried to rebuild the hope of putting a decent total on the board, added 30 runs spending almost 10 overs in the crease.
But their effort turned profitless once again, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s brilliant captaincy brought another breakthrough on time; he skipped the regular bowlers to let Sanjamul bowl and the slow left arm orthodox of Sanjamul provided Bangladesh the fifth wicket of Zimbabwe.
Malcolm Waller departed scoring a painstaking 13 runs (30 balls), Sabbir took his second catch of the match.
The subsequent breakthrough for Bangladesh came through a run out of the highest scorer in Zimbabwe team. Sikandar Raza, after scoring a 99 balls 52, fall short of the crease for an utter misunderstanding with Moor, who did not want the single, left Raza in the danger zone, letting Shakib Al Hasan to throw the ball to the wicket keeper, ready to dismiss the stumps.
Shakib, in his returning spell, bagged his third wicket in the match, dislodging Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Cremer from the wicket.
The tail end of the opposition fall apart under some serious pace bowling from Rubel Hossain; he scattered stumps of both Peter Moor and Tendai Chatara in back to back deliveries.
While Blessing Muzarabani checked the hat-trick delivery from Rubel Hossain, he survived just that over before Mustafizur Rahman came back to uproot the stumps.