Bangladesh 303 for 2 (Litton 81, Anamul 73, Raza 1-48) v Zimbabwe
This is the first time that Bangladesh have crossed the 300-run mark in 50-over cricket while losing only two wickets. It was generally smooth sailing after Tamim and Litton gave them a good start despite being sent in to bat during an early morning start. The pair struck 62 and 81 respectively, adding 119 for the opening partnership, their second 100-plus stand this year, and fourth overall. The openers’ good start was followed up by Anamul’s 73, but his was a more rapid knock, with six fours and three sixes.
Litton reached his seventh ODI fifty in the 30th over and celebrated it with three consecutive fours off Wellington Masakadza. He struck Richard Ngarava with a swivel-pull in the following over, before hitting Victor Nyauchi for a straight six and four. It was looking like Litton had found peak rhythm but, shortly afterwards, he pulled his hamstring while taking a quick single and was stretchered off the field and into a nearby hospital for scans.
Anamul kept up the pressure on the Zimbabwe bowlers, reaching his fifty off 47 balls, faster than Tamim and Litton. He got to the mark with a straight six off Milton Shumba. It was his first half-century for Bangladesh in eight years.
But Bangladesh, after making 51 in the five overs from the 41st to 45th, made only 39 in the next five as Zimbabwe’s seamers made up for their earlier profligacy with pin-point yorkers.
Zimbabwe, who were already feeling the pinch of playing with an inexperienced bowling line-up, lost Ryan Burl’s services in the 21st over when he suffered a side strain while fielding.
The home side ended up using eight bowlers, without much luck, as they kept looking to break Bangladesh’s big partnerships.