Dhaka - Shakib Al Hasan grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul and Mushfiqur
Rahim hit a fine century as Bangladesh crushed Zimbabwe by 145 runs in
the first one-day international on Saturday.
107 off 109 balls to help the hosts recover from a shaky start to post
273-9 before Shakib's 5-47 restricted Zimbabwe to a paltry 128 in 36.1
overs on a slow wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
daunting target, Zimbabwe were never up to the task after Shakib
claimed three wickets in his opening spell to leave the visitors
struggling at 65-4.
Skipper Elton Chigumbura made 41 runs, the
most of any Zimbabwean, before he was the ninth batsman dismissed having
been judged leg-before to Nasir Hossain.
Zimbabwe's last man
Richmond Mutumbami was unable to bat after he hurt his ankle while
wicket-keeping in the opening innings of the game.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee Mortaza claimed 2-13 as the home side took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Sabbir Rahman earlier made 57 off 58 balls to provide support to Rahim, who hit nine fours and a six in his fourth ODI century.
The pair added 119 runs in their fifth wicket partnership after Zimbabwe reduced Bangladesh to 123-4 at one stage.
were off to a shaky start in the three-match series as new opener Liton
Das got out for a duck. He flashed medium pacer Luke Jongwe and offered
a catch at point to Graeme Cremer.
Tinashe Panyangara then bowled
Mahmudullah for nine before Tamim Iqbal and Rahim repaired the innings
with a patient 70-run third wicket partnership.
Sikandar Raza had Tamim caught by Jongwe at long-on for 40 and soon he
got rid of Shakib (16), who was stumped by wicketkeeper Mutumbami.
pushed Taurai Muzarabani towards long on to complete his century before
he was run out with a direct throw by Cremer from backward point.
claimed 2-47 while Muzarabani finished with 2-64 for Zimbabwe. The
second match of the series will be held at the same ground on Monday.
Bangladesh 273-9 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 107, Sabbir Rahman 57; Sikandar Raza 2-47) and Zimbabwe 128 all out in 36.1 overs ( E. Chigumbura 41; Shakib Al Hasan 5-47)