Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by four wickets

Brian Vitori became the first Zimbabwean to take five wickets on his one-day international debut as the home side beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first of five ODIs at Harare Sports Club here on Friday.

After Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to put Bangladesh in to bat, Bangladesh collapsed to 43 for five as Vitori, who finished with five for 30 from his 10 overs, ripped through the top order.

Bangladesh were all out for 184 eight balls short of their 50 overs. Captain Shakib Al Hassan (53) and Mushfiqur Rahim (59) put on 105 for the sixth wicket.

In reply, Zimbabwe lost captain Brendan Taylor in the fifth over but Vusi Sibanda scored 96 from 102 balls and shard a second wicket stand of 86 with Hamilton Mazakadza (41) as the home side reached their target with 8.2 overs to spare.

Rubel Hossain was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with four for 26 from his 10 overs.

“It was great to have a youngster performing really well and two old hands showing what quality players they still are,” said Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor.

“We will surely keep on improving after beating Bangladesh twice this week.”

“But we know they will come back at us strongly.”

Bangladesh coach Stuart Law said, “We surrendered wickets too easily but when I have taken the time to settle down with them I expect rapid improvement.”

“They are a quality 50-overs side and that will come through.”

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