Bangladesh’s top four hit fifties to post 303 against Zimbabwe but Litton Das suffers injury

Bangladesh 303 for two (Litton 81, Anamul 73, Raza 1-48) v Zimbabwe

Bangladesh rode on 4 half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal, Litton Das, Anamul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim to make 303 for two within the first ODI in Harare. However the guests would really feel that they could not push on within the final 5 overs, by which the Zimbabwe bowlers crawled again into the competition by permitting simply 39 runs.

That is the primary time that Bangladesh have crossed the 300-run mark in 50-over cricket whereas dropping solely two wickets. It was usually easy crusing after Tamim and Litton gave them a very good begin regardless of being despatched in to bat throughout an early morning begin. The pair struck 62 and 81 respectively, including 119 for the opening partnership, their second 100-plus stand this 12 months, and fourth general. The openers’ good begin was adopted up by Anamul’s 73, however his was a extra fast knock, with six fours and three sixes.

Tamim discovered numerous his fours within the arc between third man and canopy. However he scored equally on either side of the wicket, and when he moved to 57, he turned the primary Bangladesh batter to achieve 8,000 runs. He has already been the primary to the earlier three milestones (5,000, 6,000 and seven,000), however his pleasure was quick lived when he skied a catch off Sikandar Raza for 62.

Litton reached his seventh ODI fifty within the thirtieth over and celebrated it with three consecutive fours off Wellington Masakadza. He struck Richard Ngarava with a swivel-pull within the following over, earlier than hitting Victor Nyauchi for a straight six and 4. It was trying like Litton had discovered peak rhythm however, shortly afterwards, he pulled his hamstring whereas taking a fast single and was stretchered off the sector and into a close-by hospital for scans.

Anamul saved up the stress on the Zimbabwe bowlers, reaching his fifty off 47 balls, sooner than Tamim and Litton. He obtained to the mark with a straight six off Milton Shumba. It was his first half-century for Bangladesh in eight years.

So good has Anamul’s one-day kind been that this was his sixth consecutive fifty within the format, having struck three centuries and 9 different half-centuries this 12 months alone. His 1,138 runs for Prime Financial institution Cricket Membership in final season’s Dhaka Premier League is a world document for many runs in a Checklist-A match.

However Bangladesh, after making 51 within the 5 overs from the forty first to forty fifth, made solely 39 within the subsequent 5 as Zimbabwe’s seamers made up for his or her earlier profligacy with pin-point yorkers.

Zimbabwe, who had been already feeling the pinch of enjoying with an inexperienced bowling line-up, misplaced Ryan Burl’s companies within the twenty first over when he suffered a aspect pressure whereas fielding.

The house aspect ended up utilizing eight bowlers, with out a lot luck, as they saved trying to break Bangladesh’s huge partnerships.

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