Underdogs Zimbabwe put on an inspired display in fielding and bowling to bowl out hosts Bangladesh for 200 runs, thus winning the first one-dayer of the five-match by 9 runs.
In its reply to Zimbabwe's 209 all out, Bangladesh began on a cautious note, as Zimbabwe's new-ball pair of Chris Mpofu and Keegan Meth maintained tight line and length. The comeback man for Bangladesh Tamim Iqbal, got a start but went for 23 when he was trapped in front by Mpofu. The side had lost its first wicket with 44 runs on the board.
Kayes carried on with one-down batsman Junaid Siddique, but was out for a watchful 41 off 73 balls and Bangladesh were floundering at 76/2 in the 20th over. Siddique went in the very next over thanks to dreadful run-out and the hosts were further in trouble at 82/3. Then Proper Utseya accounted for the danger man Mohammad Ashraful's wicket soon after and the side had slumped to 89/4 in 24 overs. There was not much respite for Bangladesh from the Zimbabwean's onslaught as a couple of overs later, spinner Ray Price got Mushfiqur Rahim out for 1.
With the score at 98/5 in the 27th over, the hosts were desperately in need of a decent partnership. But the relief efforts were short-lived as Suhrawadi Shuvo was the next to go, also from a run-out. The Zimbabwean fielding was proving to be top-notch at this stage. But help arrived in the form of Shakib Al Hasan who in the 36th over, slammed left arm orthodox bowler Keith Dabengwa for three fours.
Mahmuddulah joined in the counter attacking and Bangladesh climbed to 169/6 in the 43rd over when Mpofu returned to remove Mahmadullah. Then lower-order batsman Mashrafe Mortaza struck a couple of meaty blows before being the third batsmen to perish from a run-out. Bangladesh at 190/8 in 47 overs, needed a last surge to take it to the target of 210. But Mpofu struck one more to remove the dangerous Hasan who had notched up 63 off 65 balls.
Bangladesh needed 15 runs off the last two overs. Keegan Meth, who had come in for some stick earlier in the innings bowled the penultimate over. The match came to an end in his fifth ball when tail-ender Shafiul Islam was run out. Zimbabwe had won the nail-biter of a match by just 9 runs and go 1-0 up in the five-match series.