Raza, Kaia star as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets...

Raza, Kaia star as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:45 PM, 5 August 2022  

Raza, Kaia star as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets- Photo: Collected

Raza, Kaia star as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets- Photo: Collected

Sikandar Raza and Innocent Kaia's tons helped hos Zimbabwe to beat Bangladesh by five wickets in the first ODI of the three-match series at Harare Sports Club. With the victory, Zimbabwe leads the three-match series 1-0.

Batting first Bangladesh post 303/2, thanks to fifty from Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Anamul Haque Bijoy, and Mushfiqur Rahim. In reply, Zimbabwe scored 307/5 and chased it down with 10 balls in hand thanks to Sikandar Raza's 109-ball 135 and Innocent Kaia's 110 off 122.

Chasing the huge target Zimbabwe lost Regis Chakabva (2) and Tarisai Musakanda (4) within 6 runs but Innocent Kaia and Wesley Madhevere took the helm on their shoulders to keep them in the match before the latter got out for 19, they put 56 runs for the third wickets stand. 

Then Innocent Kaia and Sikandar Raza made 192 runs for the fourth wickets stand before Kaia got out after scoring his maiden ton (110 off 122). Luke Jongwe and Raza did the rest to seal victory for the host. Although Luke Jongwe got out scoring 24, Raza remains not out on 135 off 109 his innings adorned with 8 boundaries and 6 over boundaries.

For Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Mehidy Hasan, and Mosaddek Hossain bagged one wicket each.

Earlier, openers Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Anamul Haque Bijoy, and Mushfiqur Rahim's fifties guided Bangladesh to a huge total of 303/2 in the first ODI of the three-match series at Harare Sports Club. Tamim scored 62 off 88, Liton Das scored 81 off 89 before retiring hurt while Anamul Haque Bijoy made 73 off 62 in his come-back match after three years in this format. 

After losing the toss, the Tigers were asked to bat first and they got off to a great start with the bat thanks to two openers— Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das. They added 119 runs in 25.4 balls before Tamim got out for 62 off 88, his innings adorned with 9 fours.

Liton Das and Anamul Haque Bijoy took the helm on their shoulders and added 52 runs for the second wicket stand before the former retired hurt scoring 81 off 89, his innings adorned with 9 fours and lone six. 

Anamul Haque Bijoy and Mushfiqur Rahim kept the scoreline running. This pair shared 96 off 76 between them before Bijoy got out by Nyauchi for 73 off 62 with the help off 6 fours and 3 sixes. Bangladesh lost their second wickets to 267 in 45.5 overs.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad did the rest to take Bangladesh to a strong position. They added 36 off 25 runs for the unbroken third wickets stand. Mushfiqur Rahim remain not out scoring his 42nd ODI fifty (52 off 49) while Mahmudullah scored 20 off 12 not out. 

For Zimbabwe, Sikandar Raza and Victory Nyauchi took one wicket apiece.

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