All-rounder Afif Hossain produced a splendid batting performance to see Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe in the first game of Bangladesh Tri-series in Dhaka on Friday.
The day started with Bangladesh Captain Shakib Al Hasan who won the toss and opted to bowl in decent batting conditions.
His decision, however, was a correct one as Bangladesh bowlers managed to register 144 for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Zimbabwe Captain Hamilton Masakadza played well and got the side off to a decent start. He scored 34 off 26 balls with the help of five fours and a six.
All-rounder Ryan Burl finished the innings with the top score of 57 off 32 with the help of five fours and four sixes. Burl added unbeaten 81-run partnership with Mutombodzi to see Zimbabwe post a modest score on the board.He was well supported by Tinotenda Mutombodzi (27 off 26 with the help of one four and one six.
For Bangladesh, young right-arm pacer Mohammad Saifuddin was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed a wicket and gave away just 26 runs from his four overs. Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam and Mosaddek Hossain also bowled well and claimed one wicket each.
Afif Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain produced splendid batting performances to see Bangladesh register three-wicket win over Bangladesh
Chasing 145 runs should have easy task for an experienced Bangladesh batting lineup, and so it proved to be wrong as Bangladesh were reeling at 60 for 6 in 9.3 overs. Soumya Sarkar, Captain Shakib Al Hasan and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim failed to produce runs and registered single-digit scores.
All-rounder duo of Afif Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain led the comeback for Bangladesh. The duo put on a 82-run partnership to see Bangladesh inch close towards victory.
Rookie Afif Hossain was the standout performer with the bat and scored 52 runs off 26 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. He was well supported by Mosaddek, who scored 30 off 24 balls with the help of two sixes.
Experienced Liton Das (19 off 14 with the help of one four and one six), Mahmudullah (14 off 16 with the help of two fours ) and Sabbir Rahman (15 off 15 balls with the help of a four) also contributed well to the team’s cause.
For Zimbabwe, right-arm pacer Kyle Jarvis, medium-pacer Tendai Chatara and Neville Madziva claimed two wickets each.
For his splendid half-century, all-rounder Afif Hossain was named player of the match.