Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets in 1st ODI

Updated: 09 August 2009 14:54 IST

Mohammad Ashraful hit 103 not out and Tamim Iqbal added 63 on Sunday to steer Bangladesh to an eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first ODI.

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe:

Mohammad Ashraful hit 103 not out and Tamim Iqbal added 63 on Sunday to steer Bangladesh to an eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first One-Day International.

Ashraful smashed 12 fours and two sixes in 103 balls as Bangladesh made 211-2. The visitors then bowled out Zimbabwe for 207 in 47.5 overs at Queens Sports Club.

"The last two years I was captain and I didn't bat that well," Ashraful said. "Now, I'm playing better and enjoying my cricket. I am more relaxed."

Bangladesh pace bowler Najmul Hossain took 3-29, with Mark Vermeulen top-scoring for Zimbabwe with 92 on his return to international cricket.

Vermeulen put on 48 with Brendan Taylor, who scored 19 before Shakib Al Hasan trapped him lbw to make it 74-3 in the 21st over.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals, with Elton Chigumbura (20) and Charles Coventry (19) the only other Zimbabwean batsmen to get a start.

"We lost too many wickets and should have applied ourselves more," Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya said. "We needed to keep wickets in hand and attack in the middle overs."

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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