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Imrul carries struggling Bangladesh
Imrul Kayes held one end after Zimbabwe put Bangladesh in serious trouble in in the first one-day international at Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.
The Tigers reached 157-6 in 35, despite Imrul scoring an unbeaten 82 off 104 balls.
Pacer Tendai Chatara claimed two early wickets while Kyle Jarvis took three quick wickets in the middle, rattling Bangladesh batting-up after skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza won the toss and elected to bat first.
Rookie all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin was accompanying Imrul with seven when this report was filed.
Jarvis dismissed Mohammad Mithun (37), Mahmudullah (0) and Mehedi Hasan (one) in between his nine deliveries after Mithun and Imrul put up a 71-run stand that eventually rescue them from 66-3.
Bangladesh earlier were held to 17-2 after they lost opener Liton Das and debutant Fazle Rabbi within the sixth over.
Liton was reprieved by third umpire on two after Sikandar Raza failed to take a clean catch at point.
But he could not utilise his opportunity as he was dismissed after scoring four runs as he was caught at mid-off off Tendai Chatara.
Rabbi, who became the 129th cricketer to represent Bangladesh in ODIs, failed to open his account falling to the raising delivery of the same bowler.
Imrul and Mushfiqur Rahim tried to repair the innings adding 49 runs for the third wicket before the latter was dismissed by spinner Brandon Mavuta after making 15 runs.
Pacer Rubel Hossain, who was suffering from some viral fever, was left out from the starting XI along with Abu Hider, Nazmul Hossain and Ariful Haque.
Zimbabwe on the other hand, didn’t pick experienced Elton Chigumbura who made a 47-run knock against BCB XI in the lone warm-up game at BKSP on Friday.