That is it from us for this game then! Comfortable win for Bangladesh. Will it be the same come the second ODI? We move to Chittagong. Sorry, the new name is Chottagram. More spin will be evident there. The match is scheduled on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 2 pm local (0800 GMT). Do join us for that. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
IMRUL KAYES HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Thanks the almighty for the big knock today. On his approach, he says that the wicket was not easy to bat on and he thought of staying till the end. Admits that with wickets falling around him, he was feeling the pressure but then was even more determined to bat deep.
Winning Bangladesh captain, Mashrafe Mortaza manages a smile but is NOT entirely happy with his side. Points out the early loss of wickets, then the collapse in the middle but then praises Saifuddin and Kayes for batting sensibly and professionally. Feels that the bowling was 'alright'. On being asked about not going for the kill when Zimbabwe were in dire straits, Mashrafe says that the batsmen were batting well and he wanted to try out some new bowlers. Also, stresses that Mustafizur had a slight niggle, hence he did not want to put stress on him.
Zimbabwe skipper, Hamilton Masakadza says that his team needed just a couple of things to go its way and points at that Ervine catch not being given. Praises Jarvis for coming back well after that early niggle. Is very happy that he put his hand up with the bat too. On the game summary, he says that the team won some blocks of 10 overs but the other blocks were so bad that they lost the plot completely. On the track, he is surprised to see it being so dry and reckons that batting was very difficult.
Okay... time now for the presentation. Not too many candidates for the Man Of The Match one would suppose...
Mehidy Hasan is having a chat with Athar Ali Khan. Says that he always likes to bowl with the new ball and hence opened the bowling. Admits that the first spell was not his best because he was not able to adjust his length but is happy that he managed to come back well. On the challenge of bowling in Powerplay 1, Mehidy says that the pitch was turning and he was confident he could get the batsmen out trying to play their shots. Is very happy with his return catch and also his 3-fer. Agrees that Bangladesh are very confident and will look to win the second ODI as well.
Decent bowling from Bangladesh. Captain Mortaza had an off day but his unit was superb. Mehidy Hasan set the tone early, running through the middle order, eventually ending with 3 scalps while Mustafizur took the all-important wicket of Zhuwao, which triggered the collapse. Nazmul Islam was incisive and accurate, which piled on the pressure.
Coming to the run chase, it was another disappointing show from the Zimbabweans. Cephas Zhuwao showed a lot of promise against the new balls but then once he got out, the rest simply could not even rotate the strike. The likes of Moor, Williams and Ervine actually tried to bat deep and then hit big towards the end but the last part never came.
Let us revisit that catch taken by Craig Ervine at first slip of Saifuddin. Over number 31, ball number 4. Bangladesh were amidst a collapse, at 141/6. Saifuddin had not even open his account. Had that been given, well, you never know...
Well, the result might seem like a close encounter, but in reality, it was not. It was done and dusted around the halfway mark itself and the stubbornness from the Zimbabwe lower order batsmen to not throw their wickets away got it close. On the flip side, there were a few turning points which might have seen Zimbabwe on the winning side tonight.
Right then. Last ball of this ODI. Williams on 49. Will he get there?
Tendai Chatara is the last man in. 8 balls left...
Kyle Jarvis has been caught behind! He has taken the review though. Did not hear anything...
Mahmudullah to bowl the 49th over. 3-0-11-0 so far.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back. 5-1-16-0 so far.
FREE HIT time. Can Jarvis maximize?
Nazmul Islam is back on. 7-0-22-2 so far.
Kyle Jarvis is the new man in at number 10.
Brandon Mavuta is the new batter.
Mashrafe Mortaza is back on. 4-0-24-0 so far.
Donald Tiripano walks in at number 8, replacing Moor.
DRINKS BREAK. Well, a look at the scorecard and it is easy to say, game over. But let us just remind you one thing. At the same stage, Bangladesh were 157/6. They scored 114 in their last 15. The visitors need 128. They have a wicket extra too. However, the latter have a longggg tail. However, if the current pair can counter-attack a bit and get the score to 200 by the 40th over, you never know. Pressure speaks.
Mehidy Hasan is back on. 6-0-27-1 so far.
Mustafizur Rahman is back into the attack. 3-0-7-1 so far.
Mehidy Hasan gets a change of ends.
Another bowling change taking place. The debutant Fazle Mahmud is introduced. Bowls left-arm spin.
Peter Moor is the new batsman in at number 7, replacing Ervine.
Halfway mark. Nearly half the wickets down. But not half the runs scored. Here's Mehidy.
Bowling change. Mahmudullah to bowl.
Sean Williams comes in at number 6, replacing Raza.
DRINKS are on the field. After a wonderful start, Zimbabwe are throwing it away here. They made use of the fielding restrictions but now, with the field spread out, they are not able to get the boundaries. That is leading to pressure. The bowling is good but the visitors are not even taking singles. Raza might have something to say about that though.
Mohammad Saifuddin, who was brilliant with the bat, now gets a chance with the ball.
Sikandar Raza is the new man in.
Is that a run out? Bangladesh seem confident. Looks like Masakadza is in trouble. Referred upstairs...
Little bit of issues for the Fizz as he does some cleaning on his left leg. That was forcefully hit. Would have stung. The physio is out in the middle but the bowler does not look too much in pain. Or, he is not showing it. All in readiness now.
Craig Ervine walks in at number 4, replacing Taylor.
POWERPLAY 2 has been signalled. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Nazmul Islam, left-arm orthodox, to bowl now.
Brendan Taylor comes in at number 3, replacing Zhuwao.
First change of the run chase. Mustafizur Rahman is introduced. A mini battle won by Zimbabwe. Mehidy has been hammered out of the attack.
Mehidy Hasan to bowl with the second new ball.
Welcome back for the run chase. Hamilton Masakadza and Cephas Zhuwao are the openers for Zimbabwe. Skipper Mortaza has the first new ball. Here we go!