Ton-up Rahim steers Bangladesh to 273-9
DHAKA: Mushfiqur Rahim struck a brilliant century to guide Bangladesh to 2739 in the first one-day international against Zimbabwe in Dhaka yesterday.
Rahim hit 107 off 109 balls as Bangladesh recovered from early damage to post a respectable total on a slow wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Sabbir Rahman 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. Bangladesh 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. Off-break bowler Sikandar Raza had Tamim caught by Jongwe at long-on for 40 and soon he got rid of Shakib Al Hasan (16), as the world’s leading all-rounder was stumped by wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami.
Rahim pushed Taurai Muzarabani towards long on to complete his century before he was run out with a direct throw by Cremer from backward point. Raza claimed 2-47 runs while Muzarabani finished with 2-64 for Zimbabwe. —AFP