Record-setting Nafees stars in Bangladesh consolation win

nafeesBangladesh rode on Shahriar Nafees’s record-smashing century to post a consolation 101-run victory over Zimbabwe in an ICC Champions Trophy qualifying ODI match here on Friday.

The left-handed opener slammed a solid 123 not out as Bangladesh posted 231-6 before dismissing Zimbabwe for 130.

Habibul Bashar’s side salvaged some of their pride, thanks to Nafees who became the first Bangladeshi to score two hundreds in ODIs.

The 20-year-old also became his country’s highest scorer in ODIs, surpassing his own unbeaten 118 against Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe never looked like achieving the target, losing wickets at regular intervals to suffer their third successive defeat. They were virtually out of the game when they lost five wickets for 88 runs.

Opener Brendan Taylor alone offered some resistance with a 74-ball 52 for his 10th half-century. Left-arm spinner Saqibul Hasan finished with a career-best haul of 3-18 off 10 tight overs, while spinners Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak grabbed two wickets each.

The day belonged to Nafees, who held the innings together after two wickets had fallen for 26. He put on 83 for the third wicket with Saqibul (36) and 81 for the next with Bashar (30). He played cautiously in the beginning but went for big shots after reaching his half-century off 92 deliveries. He took 51 more balls to complete his hundred. His lone six came off spinner Prosper Utseya. Nafees’s late flourish also saw Bangladesh score 70 in the closing 10 overs.

Scoreboard

Zimbabwe won toss

Bangladesh

Rajin Saleh lbw b Rainsford 6

Shahriar Nafees not out 123

Aftab Ahmed c Taylor b Ireland 3

Saqibul Hasan c Rainsford b Kamungozi 36

*Habibul Bashar b Rainsford 30

Farhad Reza c Utseya b Ireland 0

Mashrafe Mortaza c Chigumbura b Brent 6

Mohammad Rafique not out 10

Extras (lb8, w8, nb1) 17

Total (6 wkts, 50 overs) 231

Did not bat: Mehrab Hossain jnr, †Khaled Mashud, Abdur Razzak

Fall: 1-9, 2-26, 3-109, 4-189, 5-196, 6-210

Bowling: Rainsford 10-3-41-2 (4w); Ireland 9-1-45-2 (1nb, 3w); Brent 7-0-28-1; Chigumbura 5-0-21-0; Utseya 9-1-50-0; Kamungozi 10-0-38-1 (1w)

Zimbabwe

C J Chibhabha lbw b Mortaza 16

†B R M Taylor st Mashud b Saqibul 52

H Masakadza run out (Mashud/sub [Ashraful]) 2

G M Strydom b Rafique 4

S Matsikenyeri run out (Saqibul/sub [Rasel]) 9

E Chigumbura c & b Saqibul 27

G B Brent c Habibul b Saqibul 10

*P Utseya b Razzak 3

A J Ireland b Rafique 1

E C Rainsford not out 2

T Kamungozi b Razzak 0

Extras (b1, lb3) 4

Total (all out, 44.4 overs) 130

Fall: 1-26, 2-3, 3-61, 4-78, 5-88, 6-123, 7-123, 8-127, 9-130

Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 7-2-16-1; Farhad Reza 6-0-34-0; Abdur Razzak 6.4-2-12-2; Mohammad Rafique 10-1-26-2; Saqibul Hasan 10-1-18-3; Mehrab Hossain jnr 3-0-12-0; Rajin Saleh 2-0-8-0

Result: Bangladesh won by 101 runs

Points: Bangladesh 2, Zimbabwe 0

Man of the Match: Shahriar Nafees

ODI debut: Mehrab Hossain jnr (Bangladesh)

Umpires: S A Bucknor (West Indies) and D J Harper (Australia). TV umpire: S J A Taufel (Australia). Match referee: R S Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Source:The News

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