Imrul Kayes ton crushes Zimbabwe in first ODI
Strong performances from Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Saifuddin propelled Bangladesh to a huge victory over Zimbabwe in the first ODI at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur on Sunday. The comfortable win also gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Earlier, opener Imrul Kayes scored his third career best century to steer Bangladesh to post a challenging total of 271 for 8 from allotted 50 overs against visiting Zimbabwe.
Kayes, who completed his third ODI hundred today, blazed 144-run off 140-ball laced with 13 boundaries and three over boundaries to rescue Bangladesh after the initial damage.
On way to his majestic innings, Kayes also involved with three important partnerships – first 49 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim, 71 runs with Mohammad Mithun and 127-run with Saifuddin to help Bangladesh to post a challenging total.
The left handed batsman Kayes also received an ample support from all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin who played a well knock 50 runs off 69 balls that studded with three boundaries and one over boundary.
Things did not go well with Bangladesh’s after the host lost two quick wickets in the beginning of batting power-play after the Tigers opted to bat first.
The visitors missed a run-out chance and dropped a catch, which could have sent both the of the Tigers’ openers Liton Das and Imrul Kayes.
However, it didn’t take them long to get the breakthrough as Liton (4) and Fazle Mahmud Rabbi (0) were sent back by pacer Tendai Chatara in the last ball of the fifth over.
Opener Kayes then taking with Mushfiqur Rahim added 49-run for the third wicket stand to bring the situation under control, but Brandon Mavuta again struck on Bangladesh innings taking the crucial wicket of Mushfiqur (15) who gave a back catch to wicket keeper Brendan Taylor, leaving again Bangladesh in trouble.
Kayes kept his nerve cool to complete his half century sharing a crucial 71-run for the fourth wicket stand with Mohammad Mithun, who contributed priceless 37 runs before he was removed by Kyle Jarvis.
Apart from Jervis’s four wickets for 37 runs Tendai Chatara picked up three wickets giving away 55 runs.
Earlier, Bangladesh batsman Fazle Mahmud has been handed his international debut for the Tigers. On the other hand, Sikandar Raza and Chepas Zhuwao have replaced Solomon Mire and Elton Chigumbura for the visiting side.