Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 1st ODI

Bangladesh won by 169 runs

BAN - 321/6 (50)
ZIM - 152 (39.1)

CRR:  3.88
BattingR(B)4s6sSR
Chris Mpofu*9(8)00112.5
BowlingOMRW
Mashrafe Mortaza*6.10352
Taijul Islam92271
Partnership: 22(19)
Last wkt: Tinotenda Mutombodzi c Saifuddin b Mortaza 24(47) - 152/10 in 39.1 ov.
Recent balls: ... 4 0 0 0 | 1 1 Wd 0 1 4 1 | W
Commentary

It was a very professional performance from Bangladesh as they recorded their biggest win in terms of runs. They will look to carry this momentum in the remaining games of the series. Zimbabwe missed some of their key players and would want them back as soon as possible. The second ODI is on Tuesday (March 3) and gives them a chance to level the series. Do join us for that encounter. Until next time, goodbye and take care..

Liton Das | Man of the Match: I am feeling good. It was a good batting track and I am enjoying my batting. Shanto, Rahim and Tamim played well and I had good partnerships with them. I focus on my fielding whenever I am not batting or keeping.

Mashrafe Mortaza | Bangladesh captain: It has been an outstanding game. The last 3-4 matches didn't go well but today we started well through Liton. He batted so well and the others too, Mithun gave a good finish to the innings. Saifuddin came back from injury and I played after few months, it does not matter if we scored 322, we still had to bowl well. All three departments did well and we are working hard on the fielding. It will help us in the bigger matches.

Chamu Chibhabha | Zimbabwe captain: I thought they batted well and had a guy who batted through. They had partnerships throughout the game which is the key. It was good to watch him (Wesley Madhevere) spend some time in the crease. It is a nice venue for us and we have good memories here, hopefully we can turn things around in the next game. I am sure Sean Williams is available for the next game but not so sure about Craig Ervine.

Bangladesh in ODIs (runs):
169 runs v ZIM Sylhet 2020*
163 runs v SL Dhaka 2018
160 runs v WI Kulna 2012
146 runs v SCO Dhaka 2006
145 runs v ZIM Dhaka 2015

20:12 Local Time, 14:12 GMT, 19:42 IST: Zimbabwe's chase never got going. The openers were tied down by some disciplined bowling and when they tried to attack, Saifuddin didn't give them anything. They were reduced to 23 for 3 and things only got worse as Brendan Taylor missed a sweep off Taijul. Wesley Madhevere, the debutant, kept one end busy even as the more experienced batsmen kept departing at the other end and when he departed in the 24th over the end was near. Saifuddin was the pick of the bowlers and was well backed up by the spin twins - Taijul and Mehidy.

39.1 Mortaza to Mutombodzi, out Caught by Saifuddin!! Bangladesh win by 169 runs. Captain Mortaza finishes things off and in process picks up 700th career wicket. Short of length delivery and Mutombodzi decides to take it on, the top-edge skies up towards short fine and Saifuddin is calm as a cucumber. Mutombodzi c Saifuddin b Mortaza 24(47) [4s-3]

Mortaza to Mutombodzi, THATS OUT!! Caught!!

Mashrafe Mortaza [6.0-0-35-1] is back into the attack

ZIM: 152-9 after 39 overs

38.6 Taijul Islam to Mutombodzi, 1 run, very full and Mutombodzi squeezes the drive out to long-off

38.5 Taijul Islam to Mutombodzi, FOUR, flighted on off, Mutombodzi opens himself up and lofts it inside out over extra cover. Superb execution!

38.4 Taijul Islam to Mpofu, 1 run, flatter and at the stumps, Mpofu works it to deep square leg

38.3 Taijul Islam to Mpofu, no run, slider and Mpofu slogs across the line, misses and the ball is close to leg-stump

38.3 Taijul Islam to Mpofu, wide, drifting down leg and Mpofu misses the lap sweep, it wasn't far from leg-stump

38.2 Taijul Islam to Mutombodzi, 1 run, nudged to the vacant mid-wicket region

38.1 Taijul Islam to Mpofu, 1 run, flighted around off, Mpofu heaves it away towards deep mid-wicket

Taijul Islam [8.0-2-18-1] is back into the attack

ZIM: 143-9 after 38 overs

37.6 Saifuddin to Mutombodzi, no run, comes down the track and is beaten on the outside edge. He is just not able to get behind the right line against Saifuddin

37.5 Saifuddin to Mutombodzi, no run, fuller and around off, Mutombodzi defends it down the wicket

37.4 Saifuddin to Mutombodzi, no run, good length ball outside off, Mutombodzi fails to connect with the steer to third man