ZIM vs BAN, 1st ODI: Zimbabwe won by 5 WKTS!

ZIM vs BAN, 1st ODI: Zimbabwe won by 5 WKTS!

Sinchan Saha

Modified Aug 6, 2022 12:16 AM IST

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ZIM vs BAN, 1st ODI: Zimbabwe 307 for 5 (Raza 135*, Kaia 110, Mustafizur 1-57) beat Bangladesh 303 for 2 (Litton 81, Anamul 73, Raza 1-48) by five wickets

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Sikandar Raza and Innocent Kaia struck splendid century to assist Zimbabwe with beating Bangladesh in an ODI after nine years.

The pair added 192 runs for the fourth wicket – breaking a 25-year old partnership record and turning into the new best for Zimbabwe against Bangladesh. Raza and Kaia likewise turned out to be just the second Zimbabwean couple to score 100 in similar ODI innings. To think they really met up when the score was 62 for 3 and the game was practically getting away from them.

Kaia showed an invigorating batting approach, focusing on keeping the ball up and down the ground. Still he got 11 fours and kept a strike pace of 90.16 by tiring himself out for those ones and twos. He hit two sixes over midwicket, yet he never attempted to out-raise a ruckus around town existing apart from everything else.

Raza, as of late named Player of the Series at the T20 World Cup qualifier, snatched the game with two hands and struck 14 boundaries including six sixes, the remainder of which was the triumphant hit. He had before been their best bowler as well, taking 1-48.

Bangladesh would mourn their unfortunate end with the bat as they became the fourth team in ODI history to lose a game wherein they lost just two wickets.

Fifties from Litton Das (81), Anamul Haque (73), Tamim Iqbal (62) and Mushfiqur Rahim (52*) made them sit pretty, however scoring only 39 runs in the last five overs hurt them. It is only the third time that Bangladesh have lost a game scoring more than 300, and the fourth time for Zimbabwe have won one chasing 300 runs plus.

Wessly Madhevere battled Bangladesh off, with Kaia, adding 56 runs for the third wicket. However, the partnership finished shockingly when miscommunication between the two, having seen a bungle out in the profound, came about in a no doubt avoidable run-out.

That united Zimbabwe’s match-champs and however there were a couple of risky minutes – substitute Taijul Islam dropped Raza on 43, a straightforward opportunity at cover. Kaia was dropped two times in the equivalent Shoriful over on 68 and 74 separately – they before long subsided into musicality.

Furthermore, when they raised their 162nd spat pair, they broke the record for Zimbabwe’s biggest ODI partnership against Bangladesh, overshadowing the Flower siblings, Andy and Grant, exertion from October 1997.

Raza was the predominant one in the partnership, beginning his six-hitting in the 21st over when he pounded Shoriful down the ground. He pulled Taskin over midwicket, enjoyed some time off between the 25th and the 30th, then crushed Mustafizur straight back over his head to arrive at his fifty. He whipped his next six off Mehidy Hasan Miraz, pulled Shoriful over midwicket just in case lastly fixed the coordinate with 10 balls in excess via trucking Mosaddek Hossain over the ropes too.

Luke Jongwe played a significant hand (24 off 19) after Kaia got out for 110 in the 42nd over.

Tamim couldn’t track down a wicket-taker among his bowlers. To exacerbate the situation, Shoriful hoped to have harmed his knee. Their bet to do without a left-arm spinner interestingly against Zimbabwe likewise hurt them.

Bangladesh’s score of 303 for 2 was worked around four half-hundreds of years yet it was the huge associations that truly helped them. Tamim and Litton added 119 runs, their fourth 100 or more stand as an initial pair. Tamim was the first to fifty, and in practically no time subsequently when he arrived at 57 runs, he turned into the first from Bangladesh to reach 8,000 ODI runs.

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Anamul followed the openers with his initial fifty for Bangladesh in almost eight years. This was likewise the innings in which he struck the ball the best since making his comeback this year. Anamul got into the Bangladesh side with a world record 1,138 runs in the homegrown List-A competition, the Dhaka Premier League. He progressed forward with similar vein against Zimbabwe, hitting his 10th one-day fifty out of 2022, and this was his 6th straight in this format.

Anamul added 96 runs for the second wicket with Mushfiqur, as the pair got into the last ten overs with a gung-ho approach. In any case, in the wake of taking 51 runs between the 41st and 45th, they got just 39 runs in the last five. The Zimbabwe bowlers pulling back the scoring rate was their main outcome in an innings wherein they took only two wickets.