There were 4 half-centuries in Bangladesh’s innings in the first ODI. The first four batsmen in the top row scored fifty runs, but the Tigers did not win. The match to equalize the series was yesterday. There were two half-centuries in the innings. Former T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad scored a half-century with captain Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh scored 290 for 9 wickets thanks to Tamim’s 50 and Mahmudullah’s unbeaten 80. The hosts won even with a target of 291 runs.
Multiple fifties have come in Bangladesh’s innings in two matches. But there is no century. But Zimbabwe has four centuries. With multiple cameo innings. Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal thinks that a big difference has been made. According to him, the batting difference between the two teams is the reason for winning and losing the series.
Tamim said on the award distribution stage, ‘The difference is that Zimbabwe has four centuries in two matches. Bangladesh has none. We got respectable capital. Many of us got a good start but none made it big. The wicket was good from the start. It was not difficult to bat against the spinners.
Bangladesh’s opening runs are proof that the wicket was good. Bangladesh were 62 for no wicket in 10 overs. Tamim took fifty off 43 balls with 10 fours and 1 six. After Tamim’s dismissal, Bangladesh’s innings started to go into reverse gear.
Apart from Tamim, Mahmudullah also got a fifty. Scored 80 runs off 84 balls. However, this batsman played 69 balls to reach his fifty. Mahmudullah scored 30 runs in the last 15 balls and remained unbeaten on 80 runs. In reply, Sikander Rajar’s 117, Regis Chakava’s 102 runs helped Zimbabwe reach the target easily.
Earlier, Tamim, Liton, Anamul and Mushfiq scored fifties in the first match. Centuries were scored by Raja and Innocent Kaia. The big pair also made a difference. In the first ODI, Raja and Kaia made a partnership of 182 runs. Today, Raja and Chakabha scored 201 runs.
Tamim did not shy away from praising the hosts as they did well at home, saying, ‘Zimbabwe should be given credit.’ They won the series because they were the better team. We must strengthen the ground under our own feet. We haven’t played our best cricket yet. That is why I am in this position today.
The two teams will play the last match of the series at the same ground on August 9.