Watch: Mahmudullah’s ‘long ball’ against Zimbabwe in 1st ODI
Bangladesh secure a comfortable win against Zimbabwe in the first ODI at Mirpur Shere-e-Bangla Stadium courtesy of a terrific century by Imrul Kayes and a disciplined bowling from the bowlers.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh elected to bat first and started off in a pretty slow fashion. Liton Das departed early for 4 and debutant Fazle Mahmud’s career started in the worst possible way as he departed for a duck.
The hosts started to feel the heat after they lost their in form batsman Mushfiqur Rahim. However, Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Mithun released the pressure and hit some huge blows during their partnership.
When the duo was looking to target big, Mithun departed for 37 runs and the famous collapse began as they lost 3 wickets in 3 runs. With 139 for 6, Bangladesh were in all sorts of trouble and even a 200 was looking tough to reach.
But a record 7th wicket stand between Kayes and Saifuddin (127 runs) took the game away from Zimbabwe. Kayes reached to his hundred and turned on the accelerate button after that and hit some mighty blows. His innings of 144 runs includes 13 fours and 6 massive sixes. In the end, the duo helped Bangladesh to post a huge score of 271 runs.
In reply, Zimbabwe openers started off exceedingly well but felt 2 runs short from a 50-run stand. Mustafizur Rahman broke the partnership in the 2nd bowl of his first over and soon after that, things started to fall down once again for the visitors.
Nazmul Hasan bowled absolutely a ripper to knock down Brendan Taylor’s stumps. He also picked up the crucial wicket of Sikandar Raza while Mehidy Hasan picked up 3 wickets.
When Bangladesh were on their way to a comfortable victory, a late show from Sean Williams (50*) and Kyle Jarvis (37) could only minimize the difference of the defeat. Bangladesh won the match by 28 runs in the end and secured their 11th consecutive victory against Zimbabwe.
Watch Riyad’s long ball here-
BAN 271/8 (50 ov) | Kayes 144, Saifuddin 50 | Jarvis 4/37
ZIM 243/9 (50 ov) | Williams 50* | Mehidy 3/46, Apu 2/38
Result: Bangladesh won by 28 runs