Imrul Kayes’s career-best century helps Bangladesh flatten Zimbabwe in 1st ODI

first_imgImrul Kayes smashed a career-best 144 to set up Bangladesh’s 28-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first one day international in Dhaka on Sunday.The comfortable victory at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur gave Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Batting first, Bangladesh rode on Kayes’s magnificent knock to post a challenging 271/8. In fact, Kayes’s 144 was the highest score by a Bangladesh batsman in a home ODI.Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI – ScorecardChasing 272 for a win, Zimbabwe could only manage 243/9 from 50 overs to hand Bangladesh a 28-run win.Bangladesh were at dire straits at 139/6 with Kayes lacking support from the other end. However, Kayes found an able partner in Mohammad Saifuddin (50) with the duo joinng forces to forge a 127-run for the 7th wicket.Kayes reached his century in the 43rd over, a tuck into the leg-side prompting a bat cradle celebration, and took the milestone as his cue to launch, smashing 44 off 22 balls after reaching his century. Between overs 46-48, Bangladesh scored 48 runs, and in that stretch the game ran away from Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe made a decent fist of the reply, but regular Bangladesh strikes meant the home side were always ahead of the game. Cephas Zhuwao kicked off the chase in style by racing to 35 off 24 balls before an in-ducking deliver from Mustafizur Rahman found its target. Taylor was also bowled, by a beauty from Nazmul Islam which drifted in and gripped past his forward prod to strike the off stump. In fact, Hamilton Masakadza was the only member of the top five not to be bowled. He instead was run out going for an impossible second.advertisementNazmul bowled Sikander Raza in similar fashion to Taylor, while Craig Ervine fell to the off-spin of Mehidy, but again beaten by the ball turning away into off stump.From 100/5 Zimbabwe enjoyed a partial recovery thanks to PJ Moor and Sean Williams, but with the rate increasing Moor opted to sweep when it wasn’t on and was struck in front. Donald Tiripano was then run out, sent back by Williams but having come too far down. Mavuta struck some eye-catching strokes in his 16-ball 20, but when he chipped the last ball of the 40th over back to Mehidy, Zimbabwe were in danger of not playing out their overs.Jarvis and Williams then added 67 for the ninth wicket, a brave effort even if it did little more than save face. Jarvis fell for 37, slogging and missing, fooled by Mahmudullah bowling from way behind the crease, and though Williams brought up his half-century, Zimbabwe still finished 28 runs shy of Bangladesh’s total.last_img