Bangladesh’s innings got off to the worst start when Jarvis fired the first delivery of the innings into Das’ pads. After the opener failed to connect with an attempted flick the umpire raised his index finger before Das opted to review, but DRS revealed it was clipping leg stump and was therefore umpire’s call, so he had to go.
From thereon, a stunning partnership between Kayes and Sarkar carried Bangladesh into a commanding position. After nine overs, Bangladesh were 71/1, compared to Zimbabwe’s 33/1 at the same stage earlier.
Sarkar played masterfully, timing the ball beautifully and looking in total control, while Kayes played high-risk cricket and road his fair share of luck, but when he’s in this form, who can criticise his audacity?
Sarkar brought up his half-century in stunning fashion, dancing down the deck to smack it a long way over the midwicket boundary. Hamilton Masakadza and his bowlers, who had struggled to hit their lengths at times, were running out of ideas.
The duo broke the Bangladesh ODI record for all wickets when the partnership reached 198, while Kayes overtook Tamim Iqbal for the highest tally of runs for Bangladesh in a bilateral series. Sarkar, however, was now bossing the innings, hitting back-to-back sixes off Wellington Masakadza. Having taken 54 balls to reach his half-century, he rocketed his way to a sensational 81-ball hundred, notching his sixth six of the innings soon after.
Hamilton Masakadza came on for an increasingly rare bowl, removing Soumya (117 from 92 balls) who played one big shot too many before holing out in the deep to conclude a fine knock. Despite that, the innings meandered to an inevitable conclusion, but not before Wellington removed Kayes after the opener secured a 99-ball hundred (he finished on 115 from 112).
Bangladesh will hope to take this momentum into the two-Test series, with the first starting on 3 November in Sylhet.