Bangladesh recorded a dominating 155-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the ongoing three-match series at Harare Sports Club on Friday.
Put to bat first, the visitors posted 276/9 on the board in their allotted 50 overs. Opener Liton Das was the chief architect behind his team’s competitive total as their middle-order failed to form crucial partnerships.
Liton held his end and kept on scoring runs. He stayed in the middle till the 42nd over and anchored the whole Bangladesh innings. In the process, Liton smashed his ODI career’s fourth century – third against Zimbabwe. The 26-year-old scored 102 runs from 114 deliveries with the help of eight boundaries.
Apart from the wicketkeeper-batsman, Mahmudullah (33), Afif Hossain (45) and Mehidy Hasan (26) chipped in with crucial knocks down the order to take Bangladesh’s total beyond the 270-run mark.
For the hosts, Luke Jongwe was the pick of the bowlers. He bagged a three-wicket haul for 51 runs in nine overs. Blessing Muzarabani (2/47) and Richard Ngarava (2/61) earned a couple of scalps each.
In reply, Zimbabwe batting unit fell like a pack of cards, getting bundled out for 121 in 28.5 overs and losing the contest by a massive margin of 155 runs. Only Regis Chakabva could show some fight from the home team. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 54 off 51 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan shined with the ball for the touring party, picking up his third fifer in the 50-over format. He removed some big fishes like Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor (24) and top-run getter Chakabwa.
Shakib finished the proceeding with five wickets for 30 runs in 9.5 overs, including three maiden overs. Apart from him, Taskin Ahmed (1/22), Mohammad Saifuddin (1/23), and Shoriful Islam (1/28) claimed one wicket apiece.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Five-wicket haul for Shakib Al Hasan as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 155 runs in the first ODI and continue their domination in this format – Liton Das scored 102 from 114 balls including 8 fours was the star performer with bat. #ZIMvBAN
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 16, 2021
Shakib Al Hasan overtakes Mashrafe Mortaza as Bangladesh's highest wicket-taker in ODIs, with 270 wickets.
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) July 16, 2021
Liton Das century 💯
Shakib Al Hasan five-for 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) July 16, 2021
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) July 16, 2021
Most wickets for Bangladesh in ODIs:-
274 – Shakib Al Hasan
269 – Mashrafe Mortaza
207 – Abdul Razzaq
129 – Rubel Hossain
124 – Mustafizur Rahman
All subcontinent teams except Pakistan have a spinner as their leading ODI wicket taker.#ZIMvBAN
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) July 16, 2021
#1stODI | RESULT: 🇧🇩 won by 1⃣5⃣5⃣ runs
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) July 16, 2021
— Fans Of SAH75 (@fansofsah75) July 16, 2021
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) July 16, 2021
Least % of boundary runs in a 100+ knock for Bangladesh in ODIs :
29.35 M Ashraful v UAE 2008
29.62 Shakib Al Hasan v PAK 2008
31.37 Liton Das v ZIM 2021
32.00 Mushfiqur Rahim v SL 2021#ZIMvBAN
— Sooraj Ayyappan (@SoorajAyyappan_) July 16, 2021
Congratulations #Bangladesh cricket team for the victory against #Zimbabwe. The game is easy to win for Bangladesh because of Liton das outstanding batting performance as well as Sakibs brilliant bowling. #ZIMvBAN
— Amit Roy (@AmitRoybd) July 16, 2021