Aakash Saini ∙ Aug 5 2022, 4:00 PM

Sikandar Raza’s all-round special engineers thrilling win for hosts

image-l6glwhfkZimbabwe lost three wickets inside 15 overs

Zimbabwean batters pulled off a remarkable heist over Bangladesh in a thrilling run-chase at the Harare Sports Club. Fresh from a surprise series win over the tourists in the T20Is, the Regis Chakabva-led side enjoyed perfect beginnings to the ODIs.

ZIM vs BAN: Raza’s unbeaten ton sinks Bangladesh

Prior to the game, Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to field first. The decision backfired for the hosts as each of the top four Bangladeshi batters punched out crafty half-centuries, piling up 303-2 off their 50 overs. Captain Tamim Iqbal himself landed 62 punches, and scaled the 8,000-run mark in his ODI career.

Zimbabwe’s response began on an unsteady note, losing three of their top four batsmen within the first 15 overs of their run-chase. Thereafter, Innocent Kaia and Sikandar Raza plundered majestic tons while staging a 192-run stand for the fourth-wicket.

ZIM vs BAN: Raza, Kaia hammered imperial run-chase hundreds

Raza, who claimed one of the Bangladeshi wickets to fall in the first half of the game, remained unbeaten in the run-chase. He scored 135 off just 109 balls and struck eight boundaries and six sixes, including the match-winning hit.

Zimbabwe’s effort gave them a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series and the win also marked their second highest successful run-chase in the format.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh: 303-2 (50)
Litton Das 81 (89), Anamul Haque 73 (62);
Sikandar Raza 1-48, Victor Nyauchi 1-65

Zimbabwe: 307-5 (48.2)
Sikandar Raza 135* (109), Innocent Kaia 110 (122);
Mustafizur Rahman 1-57, Shoriful Islam 1-57

Zimbabwe won by five wickets.

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