Shakib Al Hasan    AFP
Shakib Al Hasan AFP

Bangladesh registered an 8-wicket victory against Zimbabwe in the opening match of the Tri-National series, at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. Zimbabwe managed to post a total of 170 after they were put to bat. Shakib Al Hasan was the star performer for the host, taking 3 wickets and scoring 37.

Bangladesh last played an ODI in October 2017 against South Africa. The players then participated in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) which ended on December 12.

Early roar for the Bangla Tiger

Shakib and Sunzamul Islam bowled the opening spells. It was the second time in ODIs that the first two overs were bowled by spinners , the first was in the New Zealand vs South Africa match at Hamilton last year.

Shakib struck in his first over twice. He bowled down the leg-side as Solomon Mire lost his balance to eventually get stumped. Craig Ervine was dismissed soon after on the third ball of the same over: he holed out straight to Sabbir Rahman. The scorecard read 5 for 2 after the first over.

Shakib, in his last over, got rid of the Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer for 12.

Rubel Hossain picked up 2 for 24 in his five overs, completing 100 wickets in ODIs. He is only the fifth Bangladeshi bowler to reach the landmark.

Test for Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe batsmen were facing problems against a potent Bangladeshi bowling lineup. Sikandar Raza, who scored 52, struggled against Mustafizur Rahman s cutters. He took 13 balls to get off the mark and his second runs came as a six on the 24th ball, although it unintentionally went for a six.

Hamilton Masakadza (15) was the only batsman who had a strike rate of above 60. Only 48 runs of 170 came off boundaries.

Sikandar fails in Bangladesh

Sikandar Raza, the highest run-scorer and only wicket-taker for Zimbabwe, failed to take his side to victory. He struggled to connect bat to ball in the start but later seemed comfortable.

Raza dismissed Anamul Haque who looked dangerous scoring at strike rate of 135. However ,Tamim Iqbal took Bangladesh home, smashing 84 runs. Bangladesh comfortably won the match in 29th over, by 8 wickets.

Brief Scores:

Zimbabwe 170 (Sikandar Raza 52; Shakib Al Hasan 3 for 43) lost to Bangladesh 171 (Tamim Iqbal 84, Shakib Al Hasan 37; Sikandar Raza 2 for 53) by 8 wickets.