Zimbabwe’s all-rounder Sikandar Raza’s unbeaten hundred helped Zimbabwe win the first ODI against Bangladesh at the Harare Cricket Club on Friday. Let us Look at ZIM Vs BAN 1st ODI Match Highlights and much more details.
The scoring game witnessed 600-plus runs in a day, with Zimbabwe turned out to be better side at the end of the day as they won the game by 5 wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Bangladesh batters did their job quite nicely after setting a 304-run target for the hosts in 50 overs, but their bowlers failed to restrict the hosts, the reason behind their big loss in the series opener.
ZIM Vs BAN 1st ODI Match Highlights:
Invited to bat, Bangladesh made a modest start with a 119 opening stand between skipper Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das in 25 overs.
In the first ball of 26th over, the skipper walked back into the pavilion after scoring a solid 62, while Liton remained on crease and continues to add valuable runs for his team.
Das was playing superbly and on the verge of reaching his century but suddenly he witnessed a hamstring injury and got retired hurt on 81.
Anamul Haque (73), another Bangladeshi batter scored a half-century. While Mushfiqur Rahim (52* off 49 and Mahmudullah (20* off 12) provided the final push to their innings to help Bangladesh put 303 for 2 on board in 50 overs.
After setting 304 runs target and then taking up 2 early wickets, Bangladeshi players hoping to close the match as soon as possible, but Innocent Kaia and star all-rounder Sikandar Raza came on both with some other interesting script.
Kaia played a knock of 110 before getting back to pavilion. He left the field when the hosts required 50 runs to win in 49 balls, but then Raza took all the charge and help his side cross the winning mark by playing a quick an impressive 135* runs knock off 109 balls. He later awarded as the player of the match for his heroics.
The second match of the series will take place at the same venue, Harare Sports Club, on Sunday.