Bangladesh 8-269 (Nasir Hossain 68, Mominul Haque 38, Shingi Masakadza 4-51) beat Zimbabwe 148 (Hamilton Masakadza 38, Brendan Taylor 33, Ziaur Rahman 5-30) by 121 runs.
Nasir Hussain played a sensible knock for Bangldesh and their right arm speedster, Ziaur Rahman, ripped through the batting line up of Zimbabwe in the 1ST ODI.
Bangladesh scored 269 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the required quota of 50 overs and Zimbabwe was bowled out for 148 with 17.5 overs to spare.
Ziaur Rahman (Bangladesh) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his lethal bowling in the game after he grabbed 5 wickets for just 30 runs.
The first One Day International of three match series was played on Friday, May 3, 2013, at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo.
Earlier, Brendan Taylor, the captain of Zimbabwe, won the toss and asked Bangladesh to bat first. The innings was opened by Tamim Iqbal along with Mohammad Ashraful and they had a reasonable beginning by scoring 42 runs in the first 10 overs with the assistance of 3 fours from the first and 2 from the latter. The first wicket stand produced 65 in 13.4 overs when Tamim Iqbal was gone for 27 and Mohammad Ashraful followed him 10 runs later for 29. Mushfiqur Rahim, the skipper of Bangladesh, and Shakib Al Hasan were dismissed cheaply for 5 and 1 run respectively as the visitors lost their fourth wicket at 94 after 21.5 overs.
Nasir Hossain got together with Mominul Haque and they started stabilising the innings as the first was sending the ball out of the rope regularly. Mominul Haque got a couple of fours after the 27th over as the score crossed the 150 runs mark in the 33rd over. They took the score to 170 in 36.2 overs as Mominul Haque was caught behind by Taylor off Tendai Chatara for 38 off 66 balls with 3 fours.
Mahmudullah came in next and Nasir Hossain accomplished his fifth ODI fifty on the last delivery of the 38th over with a four. The score board started moving briskly and Nasir added 11 runs in the 42nd over with 1 six and 1 four. He was caught at deep point by Malcolm Waller off Tinashe Panyangara for 68 off 67 comprising 1 six and 7 fours. Mahmudullah scored 36 as the Bengal Tigers reached 269 with two wickets left at the end of the 50th over.
Shingi Masakadza was the supreme bowler with four wickets, Tendai Chatara held two whereas Tinashe Panyangara got one wicket.
Zimbabwe was in trouble from the word go while losing two wickets at 13 in 3.1 overs. Brendan Taylor joined in with Hamilton Masakadza and started healing the early loss without taking any chances. Taylor hit 3 fours until the 9th over and Masakadza got two consecutive boundaries in the next one followed by a six later. The score was enhanced to 78 in 14.5 overs when the stumps of Taylor were dislodged by Abdur Razzak for 33 off 47 with 4 fours. Sean William walked in next but was run out for 10 as the total touched 93 and Hamilton Masakadza became the next victim at the same score at his personal contribution of 38 off 53 with 1 six and 3 fours.
The batsmen of Zimbabwe found it hard to tackle the dangerous bowling of the Bengal Tigers and especially Ziaur Rahman was unplayable. The hosts were in deep trouble at 7-93 in 21.2 overs as Shingi Masakadza associated with Malcolm Waller. The two crept to 122 after 28 overs and hit 11 runs in the next over with 1 six and 1 four. The partnership was broken at 148 as Waller went back to the pavilion for 19. Shingi Masakdza was declared leg before wicket for 33 off 46 deliveries with 2 lofty sixes and 3 fours as the innings of the hosts was rolled back for 148 in 32.1 overs.
Ziaur Rahman was the star performer with five wickets, Shafiul Islam claimed two whereas Robiul Islam and Abdur Razzak shared one wicket each.
Bangladesh won the encounter with a huge margin of 121 runs and leads the three match series 1-0 and the second ODI will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the same venue.