Ton-up Rahim steers Bangladesh to 273-9

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

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

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