ZIM vs BAN: Bangladesh Opener Liton Das scored a gleaming 102 runs knock to set up the road for 155 runs win over Zimbabwe in the first ODI played at Harare Sports Club.
Sent to bat first, Bangladesh scored 276-9 off 50 overs before left-arm spinner Shakib-Al-Hasan scalped 5-30 as Zimbabwe wrapped up Bangladesh’s innings for 121. Shakib-Al-Hasan’s third five-wicket haul in ODIs helped him to attain the record of most dismissals in ODI cricket overtaking former captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s count of 269 wickets.
Liton das who was selected in place of Mushfiqur Rahim scored his 4th ODI century for Bangladesh. Das scored three out of his four centuries against South Africa & his latest century was scored in 114 balls which included eight boundaries. Bangladesh lost its captain & opener, Tamim Iqbal, in the third over without scoring even a single run & was reeling at 74-4. However, then came Liton Das & Mahmudullah Riyad who turned the match in visitors’ favor.
The stitched 83 runs stand before Mahmudullah was caught by wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva off Luke Jongwe for 33. However, Das headed strong to post a gleaming century before being caught at square leg by Wellington Masakadza from a Richard Ngarava delivery. Batting at number six, Afif Hossain hit two sixes to score 45 off 35 balls before falling prey to Jongwe’s delivery. Jongwe was the highest wicket-taker for Zimbabwe who scalped 3/51.
In response to Bangladesh’s total of 276 runs, Zimbabwe saw a poor start by losing both the openers within five overs. Zimbabwe was 13/2 within the first five overs. Zimbabwe’s hopes that captain Brendon Taylor could celebrate his 200th ODI appearance with a big score failed to make a difference with the bat. Taylor could score just 24 runs before being caught by Taskin Ahmed to give Shakib the wicket he added to claim the national record. Then came Chakabva who scored 54 runs but fall prey to Mehidy Hasan’s delivery.
These matches are a part of the World Cup Super League, which determines seven teams along with India who will earn direct qualification to the 2023 Cricket World Cup.