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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored a magnificent century and took four wickets to help his side demolish Zimbabwe by 87 runs in the first ODI in Chittagong.
Al Hasan was well supported by wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who made 65.
However, Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor deserves some credit for his valiant knock of 54.
Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first after Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal was clean bowled by Tinashe Panyangara for five runs.
Anamul Haque made 12 runs before he was caught by Chigumbura at mid-off off the bowling of Tendai Chatara.
Mahmudullah only made one run before he was caught by Tafadzwa Kamungozi at mid-on off the bowling of Chatara.
Mominul Haque managed to make 31 runs before he was cleaned up by John Nyumbu.
Al Hasan and Rahim stabilised the innings with a 148-run partnership, during which Al Hasan brought up his sixth ODI century and Rahim his half-century, before Al Hasan was caught by Panyangara at long-on off the bowling of Kamungozi.
Al Hasan’s superb knock of 101 came off 99 balls and included 10 boundaries.
Rahim ended up scoring 65 off 72 deliveries, which included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by debutant Solomon Mire at long-off off the bowling of Panyangara.
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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza only made one run before he was cleaned up by Panyangara.
Thanks to debutant Sabbir Rahman’s knock of 44, which came off 25 balls and included three boundaries and three sixes, Bangladesh finished on 281/7 off their 50 overs.
Panyangara was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Chatara snapped up two and Nyumbu and Kamungozi chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 282 to win, Zimbabwe got off to a solid start before Sikandar Raza was stumped by Rahim off the bowling of Al Hasan for 15.
Al Hasan struck again just two balls later when Vusi Sibanda was caught by Rubel Hossain at short fine leg for a duck.
Hamilton Masakadza managed to make 42 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Mahmudullah.
Regis Chakabva mustered nine runs before he was clean bowled by Mahmudullah.
Despite losing partner after partner, Taylor went on to score 54 off 72 balls, which included four boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Mortaza.
Chigumbura accumulated 15 runs before he was caught by Rahman at short cover off the bowling of Mortaza.
Mire fared no better as he was cleaned up by Al Hasan for 11 runs.
Panyangara made seven runs before he was clean bowled by Arafat Sunny.
Nyumbu scored four runs before he was caught by Mahmudullah at slip off the bowling of Al Hasan.
Zimbabwe were bowled out for 194 when Chatara had his stumps shattered by Sunny for 10 runs.
Al Hasan was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Mortaza, Sunny and Mahmudullah claimed two wickets each.
Chigumbura was gutted to have lost, and said: “I thought the start we had was excellent but when Shakib and Musfiqur came in, they played really well. Our fielding was off as well, we didn’t take our chances. One guy was scoring a hundred, another was hitting a fifty for them and that’s where we need to improve. Some of the balls were spinning, but it was a good decision to bowl and it was a chaseable score but we kept losing wickets. Obviously, we have four more games and we need to bounce back, especially in the next one.”
Mortaza was pleased to have taken a 1-0 lead in the series, and said: “More important matches are coming and we are focussed on that.”
Al Hasan was named Man of the Match, and said: “Me and Mushy had a very good partnership. I dont know what I have changed in bowling. I have been bowling a lot and I love to contribute but when it is my day I have to make sure it belongs to me. It was a brilliant performance, but still there are areas where we need to improve and I hope we do well in the next four games. It’s a relief [winning the first ODI in 2014].”