Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI: Rahim, Al Hasan demolish Zimbabwe

Rahim celebrates after scoring his fourth ODI century

Rahim celebrates after scoring his fourth ODI century

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Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim scored 107 and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan claimed a five-wicket haul to lead their side to a convincing 145-run win over Zimbabwe in the first ODI in Mirpur.

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first as Liton Das and Mahmudullah were dismissed in quick succession.

Tamim Iqbal made a solid 40 before Rahim began to take the attack to Zimbabwe with Sabbir Rahman.

Rahman scored a rapid 57, which came off 58 balls and include four boundaries and two sixes. Even after Rahman was removed, Rahim continued to stand tall and he ended up making 107 off 109 deliveries, which included nine boundaries and a six.

Rahman (right) is congratulated by Rahim after bringing up his half-century

Rahman (right) is congratulated by Rahim after bringing up his half-century

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Thanks to Rahim and Rahman, Bangladesh finished on 273/9 off their 50 overs.

Sikandar Raza and Taurai Muzarabani picked up two wickets apiece, while Tinashe Panyagara and Luke Jongwe chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 274 to win, Zimbabwe got off to a solid start before they began to lose wickets in a hurry. Only Chigumbura and Jongwe had an impact with the bat as they scored 41 and 39 respectively. Other than them, Graeme Cremer was the only other batsman to reach double figures. As a result, Zimbabwe were bowled out for a dreary 128.

Al Hasan inflicted the most damage with his five wickets, while captain Mashrafe Mortaza snapped up two and Nasir Hossain and Al-Amin Hossain claimed one wicket each.

Al Hasan registered his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs

Al Hasan (left) registered his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs

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Chigumbura was disgusted with his side’s performance, and said: “The way we played today we made a lot of mistakes and gave away boundaries towards the end. We then kept losing wickets. Obviously, a lot of work needs to be done. It was a good decision to bowl first but we did not take the opportunity. We did not apply ourselves when we went out to bat. Other than Jongwe, we did not play ourselves in.”

Mortaza was pleased to have drawn first blood, and said: “I am still not 100% but I have worked hard. I am happy the team is winning and winning is a good habit. Mushfiq the run machine stepped up. I thought it was a good total and once again the bowling was brilliant with Shakib. He got his five wicket first time and I like to congratulate him and hopefully, we keep it going.”

Rahim was named Man of the Match, and said: “We needed a big partnership. Credit goes to Tamim and [Sabbir] also chipped in. It made it easier for me. I scored in the practice match as well and I was confident.”

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