Zimbabwe overcame a stubborn Shakib Al Hasan and claimed a rare victory on foreign soil beating Bangladesh by nine runs in the opening one-dayer in Mirpur.
To be honest, the margin of victory did not do justice to the Zimbabwe, especially their spinners who were in total control for most of the Bangladesh run chase.
After being put into bat, Zimbabwe were bowled out for a rather poor 209. Like Bangladesh, Zim faltered against the spinners after making a sound start through Brendan Taylor and Chamu Chibhabha, who put on 53 for the opening wicket in 10 overs.
Zimbabwe lost their last five wickets for 25 runs, with left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo and Mahmudullah finishing with two wickets apiece. Only Regis Chakabva (45) and Craig Ervine (41) managed to get Zimbabwe to a decent total.
But it was in Zimbabwe’s bowling department and Bangladesh’s poor running between the wickets where the game was won.
Christopher Mpofu finished with 3-25 and left-arm spinner Ray Price took 2-29 off 10 disciplined overs as the tourists finally bowled Bangladesh out for 200.
This result sees Zimbabwe end their seven-match losing run away from home and matched their win in the opening game of the five-match series in Bangladesh last October, which they ended up losing 4-1.
Scorecard from the first one-day international between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday:
Result: Zimbabwe won by nine runs.
Zimbabwe innings: B. Taylor st Rahim b Razzak 27 C. Chibhabha b Razzak 24 R. Chakabva c&b Mahmudullah 45 E. Chigumbura b Razzak 7 T. Taibu c Zunaed b Sohrawordi 14 C. Ervine c Ashraful b Shakib 41 P. Utseya c Sohrawordi b Mahmudullah 21 K. Dabengwa c Shakib b Razzak 8 K. Meth st Rahim b Sohrawordi 3 R. Price not out 1 C. Mpofu run out 2 Extras (lb-4 w-12) 16 Total (all out; 49 overs) 209
Fall of wickets: 1-53 2-58 3-71 4-94 5-159 6-184 7-201 8-204 9-207 10-209
Bowling: Mortaza 6-0-36-0 (w-1), Shafiul 4-0-21-0 (w-1), Razzak 10-1-41-4 (w-1), Sohrawordi 10-2-32-2, Shakib 10-0-37-1, Mahmudullah 9-1-38-2 (w-3)
Bangladesh innings: T. Iqbal lbw b Mpofu 23 I. Kayes c Chakabva b Price 41 Z. Siddique run out 11 M. Ashraful b Utseya 6 S. Hasan c Meth b Mpofu 63 M. Rahim b Price 1 M. Sohrawordi run out 11 Mahmudullah c Chibhabha b Mpofu 14 M. Mortaza run out 12 A. Razzak not out 5 S. Islam run out 3 Extras (lb-2 w-8) 10 Total (all out; 49 overs) 200
Fall of wickets: 1-44 2-76 3-82 4-89 5-98 6-115 7-169 8-187 9-195 10-200
Bowling: Mpofu 9-0-25-3, Meth 8-0-50-0, Utseya 10-0-35-1 (w-1), Price 10-1-29-2 (w-2), Dabengwa 5-0-32-0, Taylor 7-0-27-0 (w-1)
Zimbabwe Cricket Books
Amazon, have a bunch of Zim related cricket books, including "Blood, Sweat And Treason" by Henry Olonga, “A History of the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe National Sides” by Jonty Winch who traces the history of cricket in this country (Zimbabwe) from the first recorded game played in 1890, through two World Wars and a guerilla war, to the comparative peace of post-independence and eventual world recognition in the 1980s when Zimbabwe was able to send a side to England to take part in the I.C.C. Trophy competition which it won.
There is also the Autobiography of another great Zimbabwean cricket coach Duncan Fletcher “Behind the Shades”
At the moment Amazon UK don’t have as wide selection as the US site, but I have ordered books from the US and had them delivered to the UK with no problems.
Zimbabwe Cricket on Amazon.co.uk