Fifties from top-four propel Bangladesh to 303/2

BANGLADESH TOUR OF ZIMBABWE, 2022

Mushfiqur finished unbeaten on 52 off 49 deliveries. © AFP

Bangladesh posted a competitive 303/2 after being put in to bat in the first ODI against Zimbabwe, thanks to half-centuries from their top-four batters.

Litton Das, the top scorer, looked good for a hundred but had to retire on 81 off 89 after pulling a muscle in his right leg while completing a run. He had to be stretchered off the field but Bangladesh by then were well placed at 170/1 in 33 overs. Zimbabwe’s stand-in skipper Regis Chakabva had banked on striking in the first 15 overs when he chose to bowl but the Bangladesh openers ensured that they denied the hosts with the new ball and set the platform for a big total.

Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh captain, led the century opening stand, scoring 62 off 88 and putting on 119 along with Das. Tamim was sent back by Sikandar Raza’s arm ball that had the batter in a tangle while pulling. But the breakthrough in the 26th over came with little respite as Anamul Haque walked in and went on to score 73 off 62, with the hosts having little clue in the 148-run partnership for the second wicket. 52 of those runs came with Das at the other end and the rest when Mushfiqur Rahim replaced him at the crease.

Mushfiqur came in and seamlessly picked the run-scoring threads, scoring 52* off 49 and delivering his side beyond 300 on a good batting track.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 303/2 in 50 overs (Das 81, Anamul 73; Raza 1-48, Nyauchi 1-65) vs Zimbabwe

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