Bangladesh ease to ODI victory over Zimbabwe

Bangladesh coasted to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the opening game of the ODI tri-series in Mirpur on Monday.

Chasing a modest target of 171, the Tigers got home in the 29th over with opening batsman Tamim Iqbal unbeaten on 84.

Fellow opener Anamul Haque contributed 19 while Shakib Al Hasan struck 34 as the hosts got off to the perfect start in a competition that also involves Sri Lanka.

Earlier, Zimbabwe were way below-par in their batting effort as they were 170 all out in 49 overs, Shakib doing the early damage with the ball, taking 3-43 in 10 overs.

The African side were on the back foot early as they lost Solomon Mire (0) in the first over and then slipped to 51/4 when Brendan Taylor (24) fell in the 17th over.

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Sikandar Raza tried to rescue the situation with a hard-fought 52 while PJ Moor offered some support with 33 but it was to be of no consequence.

Left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman took 2-29 in 10 overs while Rubel Hossain also grabbed two scalps in five overs for the home side

Zimbabwe will look for a much improved performance when they take on Sri Lanka at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.