Zimbabwe to victory
Stuart Matsikenyeri struck a career best 89 from 101 balls to take Zimbabwe
to victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international on Saturday.
struck 248 for eight in reply to Bangladesh's 246 for seven to win by two
wickets with five balls to spare.
Matsikenyeri scored a
feisty 89 off 101 balls with seven fours and a six. His previous highest
score was the 73 he made against England in Bulawayo in 2004-05.
Matsikenyeri and Elton
Chigumbura shared a matchwinning stand of 114 after Zimbabwe's top order had
Chigumbura clipped his
unbeaten 70 off 68 balls with six fours and a six.
Opener Shahriar Nafeez
faced 116 balls and hit seven fours and a six in his 78, Bangladesh's top
Pace bowler Tawanda
Mupariwa took four for 61, improving on the career-best figures of three for
19 he took against Bermuda in Trinidad in May.
Bangladesh slipped to
16 for two before Nafeez put on 59 for the third wicket with Mohammad
Ashraful, who scored 25.
Habibul Bashar, who
scored 40, helped Nafeez add 71 for the fourth wicket.
In reply, Zimbabwe
slumped to 50 for four before Taylor and Matsikenyeri shared 51 runs to
steady the innings.
Chigumbura came together in the 26th over and they made steady progress
until the 46th over, when Matsikenyeri heaved a delivery from pace bowler
Shahadat Hossain to long-off, where Mashrafe Mortaza held a fine catch.
Mortaza, another pace
bowler, rekindled Bangladesh's hopes when he bowled Prosper Utseya (8) and
trapped Ryan Higgins (0) in front with consecutive deliveries in the 49th
over, leaving Zimbabwe to score five runs off nine balls.
Chigumbura ended the
match four balls later when he smashed a delivery from medium pacer Aftab
Ahmed through mid-wicket for four. The second game in the five-match series
will be played at the same venue on Sunday.