Bangladesh register record-win over Zimbabwe
Bangladesh are off to a flying start in the ongoing three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe as they picked up a massive 169-run victory over the visitors at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Sunday (March 1).
This is Bangladesh’s biggest win in terms of runs. Their previous biggest win came against Sri Lanka, when they had won by 163 runs in 2018 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. They had also defeated West Indies by 160 runs in Khulna back in 2012.
Bangladesh displayed a very professional performance in all three departments of the game, which ensured Zimbabwe’s chase of 322 runs never really get going.
The visitors struggled from very early of their innings with the fall of Tinashe Kamunhukamwe in the second over. Half of the Zimbabwe batsmen went back in the hut inside 23 overs with the team total reading a paltry 79.
Wesley Madhevere, top-scorer for his side with 35 off 44 balls, also departed in the 24th over to leave Zimbabwe 84 for six. Still Zimbabwe could breach the 150-run mark thanks to No.8 batsman Tinotenda Mutombodzi’s 24 off 47 balls, who became his team’s last wicket to fall.
Mohammad Saifuddin, after shining with the bat in hand, was also the pick of the bowlers, getting three wickets for just 22 runs from seven overs. But more importantly, it was Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza who has finally found his form, fetching two wickets in 6.1 overs, despite being the most expensive bowler (35 runs) of the side.
Mashrafe, with this performance, reached two major milestones on the same day. While he became only the fifth cricketer to take 100 wickets as a captain in ODIs, he also completed 700th career-wicket when he got rid of Mutombodzi to clinch the victory.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh had posted a huge total of 321 for six, courtesy of opener Liton Das’s 126 off 105 balls before being forced to leave the field retired hurt. Liton, who is often blamed for not utilizing the entirety of his talent, mixed caution with aggression in today’s game, as he clobbered 13 fours as well as 2 sixes to maintain a healthy strike rate of 120, still never showing any sign of instability in the middle.
Once Liton left the field, middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun took things on his own shoulder, recording a 50 better than run-a-ball while Saifuddin remained unbeaten on 28 off 15 balls with three massive yet well-timed sixes to help his side reach 321 runs at the end of 50 overs.
The two teams will lock horns with each other for the second ODI on Tuesday (March 3), with the visitors looking for a chance to level the series.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 321 for 6 in 50 overs (Liton 126, Mithun 50, Mpofu 2-68) beat Zimbabwe 152 all-out in 39.1 overs (Madhevere 35, Raza 18, Saifuddin 3-22) by 169 runs.