Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI 2018 – A win looked unlikely for Bangladesh as they stumbled to 139 for 6 in 30 overs, but how they’ve bounced back. Imrul Kayes played the innings of his life to make 144, and with support from Saifuddin haled them past 270. Then with the ball, they were ruthless as you’d expect them to be at home. Mustafizur stifled them early, then the spinners took over and choked Zimbabwe before nailing the final blow. The victory was never in doubt 30 overs into the chase, with the visitors threatening a late charge at no stage despite dew allowing the ball to slide onto the bat a lot easier.
Not all is lost yet for Zimbabwe. This is a long series and they can look back on a few positives. Jarvis finished with four for 37 while Chatara took three wickets and Mavuta got one. Zimbabwe’s bowling unraveled in the last 10 overs. What they would be really concerned with is their fielding.
Imrul Kayes is the Man of the Match for his 144
Imrul Kayes’ career-best knock of 144 boosts his team to a 28-run win over Zimbabwe team in the 1st ODI of a long tour. Imrul was included in 3 significant stands. The last of which was a recovering performance that became a hard position into an aggressive one. Bangladesh had wasted 2 wickets in the first 6 overs when Das and debutant Mahmud dropped in the same over. Imrul and Mushfiqur then scored 49 runs for the 3rd wicket to strengthen the innings.
At this time, the game had all but blundered out of Zimbabwe’s governance. Bangladesh advanced to command terms as Zimbabwe lost their more wickets and dropped so far back. The lacked run-rate that even a 67-run 9th wicket stands between Sean Williams and Jarvis. Williams survived unbeaten on a 58-ball 50. But that was not sufficient to protect them from a 28-run loss.
Bangladesh leads the series by 1-0. Second ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will be played at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Chittagong on 24 October.