Liton ensures Bangladesh thumping victory against Bangladesh
Dhaka, July 17, 2021: Shakib Al Hasan took five wickets as he destroyed Zimbabwe to ensure yet another memorable victory against the African nation.
The hosts were bowled out for 121 in the first ODI of the series in Harare after chasing a big target of 28 runs. As a result, Bangladesh started the three-match series with a big victory of 155 runs. After Liton Das's great century, Shakib took 5 wickets in whirlwind.
Zimbabwe did not get the start they needed to chase down the challenging target. The hosts were in danger from the start with the Tiger pacers. Zimbabwe lost 2 wickets as soon as 13 runs were scored in the scoreboard. Then in a dazzling delivery, Taskin Ahmed picked up the middle stamp of Wesley Madver (6).
Myers was playing with confidence. But he became very confident and gave up the wicket. Mosaddeq Hossain's easy catch in the backward square to pull Shariful Islam in the eleventh over, the batsman made 18 runs off 24 balls.
Taylor and Regis Chakava tried to pull the team that lost 3 wickets for 49 runs. But Shakib Al Hasan did not allow their fourth wicket partnership to go beyond 29 runs.
At the expense of the first two overs (18 runs) Shakib came in the second spell and picked up the most important wicket. Zimbabwean captain Taylor swept him to the top edge and returned to the dressing room with 31 off 24 balls. At the same time, the world's best all-rounder became the owner of the highest wicket (260) in ODIs, surpassing Mashrafe bin Mortuza.
Didn't stop there. After that, Shakib left the Zimbabwean batsmen crying. One by one, Ryan Burrell, Blessing Muzarabani and Resistance's Regis Chakava were shown the way to the toilet.
Burl (6) caught like Taylor to sweep Shakib in the 21st over. In the next over, the left-arm spinner trapped Mujarbani (2) in the lbw. In between, Luke Jangui (0) was run out with a great throw by Afif Hossain.
Shakib took 5 wickets at the cost of 30 runs. Timisen Maruma could not bat due to injury and Zimbabwe were all out for 121 in 26.5 overs.
Earlier, Liton Das laid the foundation for Bangladesh to collect fighters by scoring a great century in the face of pressure. The Tigers got 26 runs for 9 wickets.
PM congratulates cricket team
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has congratulated the Bangladesh cricket team on winning the first of the three-match ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Harare.
This information was given in a press release sent from the Prime Minister's Office on Friday (July 18).