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Zimbabwe untroubled in practice game

Update : 05 Nov 2015, 07:05 PM

Craig Ervine smashed 95 and was ably supported by half-centurions Sean Williams and Elton Chigumbura as the visiting Zimbabwe side romped to an easy seven-wicket victory over BCB Xi in their tour game in Fatullah yesterday.

It was a practice game that injected confidence in both sides. The rock hard batting surface, that became friendlier in the second-half, saw batsmen cash in on the opportunity to score runs as the big names made most out of the match before the ODI series kicks off tomorrow. 

The Zimbabweans were untroubled by the home side bowlers during their journey to achieve 278 runs to win after Bangladesh batted first and registered 277 for eight on the back of three fifties from Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes and Anamul Haque.

After losing two wickets for 51 runs, Zimbabwe were put on track through the 125-run third wicket stand between Ervine and Williams. Williams retired after scoring 54 while Ervine fell short of a brilliant hundred for five runs. His 99-ball innings produced nine fours and a six.

“I think it is always good to start off a tour on a winning note, especially to win with quite a few wickets in hand against a hard total. It is good practice for us. It is not going to be easy to play the ODIs against Bangladesh but this is good confidence for us to take into the ODIs,” said Ervine after the match.

Later, a 49-ball 64 from captain Chigumbura and a quickfire 22 from Sikander Raza sealed the winning start with 3.2 overs to spare.

Tigers skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza returned to the field after suffering from dengue last month. He gave away 31 runs from seven overs and remained wicket-less.

Earlier, BCB XI went off to a good start courtesy of Imrul and Anamul. The duo added 105 for the first wicket before they encountered a turbulence midway. Shahriar Nafees, who was awarded a place in the XI following his triumphant domestic season with the bat, made a valuable run-a-ball 38 as he shared a crucial 90-run partnership with Mushfiq after being reduced to 149 for four. Mushfiq remained unbeaten on 81 from 84 balls to help his side reach the strong total.

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