Bangladesh were in a spot of bother early on as Zimbabwe bowlers Tendar Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani extracted good bounce from the surface. Following two maiden overs, skipper Tamim Iqbal tried to cut away a delivery but the ball gained on him and he only managed to edge it through to the wicket-keeper and departed for a duck as Bangladesh lost their first wicket.
Shakib Al Hasan got a good start on his return to the ODI setup. He managed to play with a straight bat and also get on top of deliveries. Having struck three fours during a 25-ball 19, he however tried to cut Muzarabani delivery uppishly through the off side and was holed out, leaving Bangladesh at 32 for 2 in 8.2 overs.
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In Mushfiqur Rahim’s absence Bangladesh picked a line-up heavy with all-rounders. Along with ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, the Tigers also included Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah Riyad, Afif Hossain, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin in the lineup.
It appears that the team management tried to guard against the early fall of wickets by including a deep batting lineup. Mohammad Saifuddin and Mehedi Hasan Miraz coming in at number eight and nine certainly ensures that they have recognized batsmen to count on late in the innings.