Tri-nation series: Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan star in eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe

Tamim scored 84 off 93 balls as Bangladesh cruised to 171-2 in just 28.3 overs. The hosts earlier dispatched Zimbabwe for 170 as Shakib Al Hasan claimed 3-43.

AFP, January 15, 2018

Dhaka: Opener Tamim Iqbal struck an unbeaten half-century to guide Bangladesh to an eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the opening match of a tri-nation ODI tournament on Monday.

Tamim scored 84 off 93 balls at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium as Bangladesh cruised to 171-2 in just 28.3 overs.

The hosts earlier dispatched Zimbabwe for 170 in 49 overs as left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan claimed 3-43.

Zimbabwe's captain Graeme Cremer, right, reacts as Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal runs between the wickets during the first match of their Tri-Nation one-day international cricket series in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Graeme Cremer reacts as Tamim Iqbal runs between the wickets. AP

Sikandar Raza top-scored for the visitors with 52 as well as taking 2-53.

Bangladesh never looked in trouble, with Shakib striking twice in the first over after skipper Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and opted to bowl.

Mashrafe and Mustafizur Rahman quickly reduced Zimbabwe to 51 for four, before Raza provided some brief resistance with his dogged 99-ball innings.

Peter Moor supported Raza with 33 before Rubel Hossain (2-24) took two wickets off successive balls, fast-tracking Zimbabwe’s collapse and becoming Bangladesh's fifth bowler to claim 100 ODI wickets.

Mustafizur, who claimed 2-29, produced an off-cutter to uproot Blessing Muzarabani's off-stump and end Zimbabwe’s innings.

Tamim, who hit eight fours and a six, lost his opening partner Anamul Haque early on for 19 but added 78 with Shakib (37) for the second wicket to set up the innings for Bangladesh.

Shakib, who won the man of the match award, said the win stood the hosts in good stead ahead of their match against Sri Lanka, the other team in the tri-nation series.

"Keeping up momentum is very important. This win should give us some confidence before facing Sri Lanka, who I think will offer us a tough challenge," he said.

Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer blamed poor batting for their defeat.

"It was not one of those wickets where you could score easily. We had a lot of soft dismissals in our batting line-up," he said.

Zimbabwe play Sri Lanka in their next match of the tournament at the same ground on Wednesday.

Updated Date: Jan 15, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Punjab
6 5 1 0 10
2
Chennai
5 4 1 0 8
3
Hyderabad
6 4 2 0 8
4
Kolkata
6 3 3 0 6
5
Rajasthan
6 3 3 0 6
6
Bangalore
5 2 3 0 4
7
Mumbai
6 1 5 0 2
8
Delhi
6 1 5 0 2



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1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 5154 117
3 New Zealand 3886 102
4 Australia 4599 102
5 England 5029 97
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7595 123
2 South Africa 6912 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3763 130
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 121
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 England 2402 114
6 South Africa 2551 111

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