Last update: 05 Aug 2022, 22:16 IST
Centuries from Sikandar Raza and Innocent Kaiya helped Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by five wickets in the first match of the three-match ODI series on Friday. The home team defeated openers Regis Chakabwa and Tarisai Musakanda by just six runs. Chasing Bangladesh’s total of 303-2 with four fifties, the scoreboard went up.
After pushing the score to 62, Zimbabwe’s third wicket fell and then Raza and Kaya put on a 192-run fourth-wicket partnership to seal a brilliant win as Zimbabwe reached 307-5 with 10 balls to spare. Raza remained unbeaten. 135 with six sixes and eight fours, while Kaia hit two sixes and 11 fours in his 110 runs and caught Shoriful Islam at short fine leg.
Bangladesh, who are seventh in the ODI rankings and eight places behind Zimbabwe, took advantage of their batting by putting up a winning score. Opener Liton Das led the way with an unbeaten 81. Hamstring injury. He faced 89 balls and hit one six and nine fours.
Anamul Haq (73), skipper Tamim Iqbal (62) and Mushfiqur Rahim (52) scored half-centuries for the West Indies 3-0 ODI win. But the visiting batsmen scored freely. Pakistan-born Raza and Kaiya, the bowlers at Harare Sports Club, had no answer.
The pair completed centuries within two balls of each other in the 39th over, with Kaya hitting his maiden century with a single, while Raza’s two runs brought up his fourth 100 in the 50-over format. Vijay continued a remarkable transformation from the former Zimbabwe batsman. Star Dave Houghton began his second stint as coach after a 3-0 ODI and Twenty20 whitewash against Afghanistan in June.
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They hosted the T20 World Cup qualifiers last month and won all five matches to secure a place in the main event in Australia from October. Then, earlier this week, they beat Bangladesh by 10 runs in a thriller to win 2-1. In the T20 series.
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