Bangladesh got off to a forceful start in their first one-day encounter of the present series against tourists Zimbabwe, by shooting out the opposition for 209 in 49 overs at Dhaka. The Zimbabweans premier nemesis emerged in the form of off-spinner Abdur Razzak who picked up 4 wickets in the innings for just 41 runs from his 10 overs.
Zimbabwe got off to a positive enough start with openers Brendan Taylor and Chamu Chibhabha putting on a brisk 53 for the first wicket in 10 overs. The pair got on top of pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, smacking him for quite a few boundaries in the initial overs. But then Adbur Razzak broke the stand by bowling Chibhabha for 24. His partner Taylor was the next to go for 27, also falling to Razzak, and Zimbabwe was in a spot of bother at 58/2. Elton Chigumbura followed for just 7 and Bangladesh was reeling at 71/3, spellbound by the magic of Razzak.
But then Regis Chakabva endeavoured to the steady the innings, first with captain Tatenda Taibu, who went for 14, and then with Craid Ervine. Chakabva took Zimbabwe to 159 in the 40th over, before getting caught and bowled to Mahmudullah for a watchful 45. Ervine fell soon after for a fighting 41 while Prosper Utseya could only offer a little resistence with his 21. The tail was left with the task of taking their side over the 200 run mark and to the eventual total of 209 all out.
Zimbabwe will have to put up an exceptional show in the field if they are to beat back their strong opponents. They will have to get early breakthroughs and take wickets at regular intervals while containing the Bangladeshi batsmen. It's a tall order for a side not really renowned for its bowling prowess.