Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Bangladesh lost three wickets to collect 66 runs within the 15th over against visiting Zimbabwe in the first ODI of a three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.
Imrul Kayes [41* off 53b; 4x4; 1x6] was at the crease when Mohammad Mithun came to pair him in the 4th wicket.
Bangladesh lost the first two wickets -opener Liton Kumar Das on single digit and debutant Fazle Mahmud with duck -- within the 6th over for 17 runs while Mushfiqur Rahim[15 off 20b; 1x4] was the last man removed from crease by Brandon Mavuta.
Both Liton and Fazle Mahmud were sent off by Tendai Chatara on 16/1 in 5.1 overs and 17/2 in 6 overs respectively.
Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss and opted to bat first with bringing back Imrul Kayes to partner Liton at the opening.
Soumya Sarkar, who was dropped from the ODI squad, and Rubel Hossain, who hasn't recovered from a fever in the lead-up to the game, have been replaced by the 30-year old debutant Fazle Mahmud and fast bowler Mohammad Saifuddin.
The visitors have Sikandar Raza back in their line-up after mending contractual differences with Zimbabwe Cricket. Raza replaced Elton Chigumbura, while Cephas Zhuwao was picked ahead of Solomon Mire and will open the batting.
Bangladesh best XI: Liton Kumar Das, Imrul Kayes, Fazle Mahmud, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Nazmul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman.
Zimbabwe best XI: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Cephas Zhuwao, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara.