Shakib Al Hasan ended a yearlong misery in ODIs as he steered the Tigers to their much coveted win in the first ODI in 2014 beating Zimbabwe by huge 87 runs at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday.
Shakib was named the Man of the Match for his career best all-round performance. He grabbed four wickets and hit a ton. With this performance he became the twelfth player in cricketing history to do so.
Losing the toss and batting first Tigers scored a challenging 281 for seven wickets riding on Shakib's ton and Musfiq's fifty while Zimbabwe were dismissed at only 194.
The tourists started good and ruled over the local bowlers. Raza and Mazakadza added 47 runs for just 7.3 overs despite Mashrafe bowled the first over maiden. But Shakib pulled back the Tigers in the match taking two consecutive wickets in the seventh over. He sent back Raza (15) and Sibanda (0).
Then Masakadza and Taylor added 45 runs to take control over the match but Mahmudullah claimed Masakadza an LBW victim to break the pair. Masakadza made 42 off 48. Following that Taylor led the tourist and became a threat for the Tigers hitting a half-century. But this time captain himself gave the relief to his side grabbing the wicket of Taylor. Mashrafe's brilliant out swinger just kissed Taylor's willow and Mushfiq took an extra ordinary catch flying on his right. Taylor scored the highest for Zimbabwe, 54 playing 72 balls.
After the loss of the wicket of Taylor the defeat of Zimbabwe was only a matter of time. And finally it happened when Arafat Sunny's delivery hit Chatara's stumps.
For Bangladesh Shakib grabbed four wickets for 41 runs while Mashrafe, Mahmudullah and Sunny took two wickets each.
Earlier, Shakib and Mushfiq led the Tigers' innings like the veteran sailor adding record breaking fifth wicket partnership of 148 after Bangladesh lost four wickets for 70. The duo also added 48 runs in the last power play. Shakib again proved his competence picking his sixth ODI ton while Mushfiq hit a half-century. The precious partnership broke down when Shakib was caught to Panyangara at long-on. Shakib scored 101 off 99 with ten fours.
Following Shakib, soon Mushfiq also went back to dressing room scoring 65 off 72 with two fours and two sixes. He got out off Panyangara being caught to Mire.
It was Sabbir, who was playing his maiden ODI hitting a stormy knock of 44 off just 25 balls with three boundaries and three over boundaries at the end to set up a tough target of 282 for Zimbabwe. Among his three sixes the last two came from last two balls of the innings. Mominul also contributed 31 runs.
For Zimbabwe, Panyangara grabbed three while Chatara picked two and Nyumbu one.