Raza and Kaia’s record-breaking hundreds sink Bangladesh

Raza and Kaia’s record: Zimbabwe turned around a 19-match losing streak against this opponent in one-day internationals by reaching their goal of 304 with ease.

Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh in an ODI for the first time in nine years thanks to superb hundreds from Sikandar Raza and Innocent Kaia.

The pair’s 192-run fourth-wicket stand, which broke a 25-year partnership record, is now Zimbabwe’s greatest against Bangladesh. Additionally, Raza and Kaia became just the second Zimbabwean pair in ODI history to record a century in the same innings. To think that they actually teamed up when they were down 62 to 3 and the game was on the verge of going their way.

Kaia demonstrated a novel batting strategy by focusing on keeping the ball all the way down the ground. Nevertheless, after working himself to exhaustion for those ones and twos, he managed to pick up 11 fours and keep his strike rate at 90.16. Even though he hit two sixes over midwicket, he never tried to hit harder than the person who was in the spotlight.

In the T20 World Cup qualifier, Raza, who was just voted Player of the Series, grabbed the game with both hands and smashed 14 boundaries, including six sixes, the last of which was the decisive hit. Prior to that, he had also been their top bowler, recording a 1-48.

Bangladesh will be upset with their poor batting performance because they are only the fourth team in ODI history to lose a match in which they only lost two wickets. Before this match, they had won 19 straight games against Zimbabwe.

They were comfortably placed thanks to fifty scores from Litton Das (81), Anamul Haque (73), Tamim Iqbal (62) and Mushfiqur Rahim (52*), but scoring just 39 runs in the final five overs damaged them. Bangladesh has only lost a game with a score of over 300 once, whereas Zimbabwe has won a game with a score of over 300 four times.

Raza and Kaia's record

The chase had begun with everything being so very different. Regis Chakabva had hardly any time to reflect on the fact that he was the first Zimbabwean since Andy Flower in 1996 to captain, keep wicket, and open the batting. He scored two runs by chopping a Mustafizur Rahman delivery onto his leg stump. Zimbabwe was suddenly 6 for 2 as Tarisai Musakanda skied Shoriful Islam to cover in the following over.

Kaia and Wessly Madhevere added 56 runs for the third wicket to hold off Bangladesh. But the partnership ended badly when misunderstandings between the two led to a run-out that was completely unnecessary after a fumble in the deep end zone.

Though there were a few dicey moments – substitute Taijul Islam dropped Raza on 43, a simple chance at cover – that brought Zimbabwe’s game-winning players together. They quickly found their rhythm after Kaia was dropped twice in the same Shoriful over at 68 and 74, respectively.

Though there were a few dicey moments-substitute Taijul Islam dropped Raza on 43, a simple chance at cover-that brought Zimbabwe’s game-winning players together. They quickly found their rhythm after Kaia was dropped twice in the same shoriful at 68 and 74, respectively.

In the duo, Raza was the dominant member, beginning his six-hitting in the 21st over when he pounded Shoriful into the ground. In order to reach his fifty, he pulled Taskin over midwicket, took a five-over break between the 25th and 30th over, and then smacked Mustafizur right back over his head. Then, with 10 balls left, he carried Mosaddek Hossain over the ropes to end the game. He smashed his next six off Mehidy Hasan Miraz, lifted Shoriful over midwicket for good measure, and then smashed his next six off Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

After Kaia was dismissed for 110 in the 42nd over, Luke Jongwe played a crucial hand (24 off 19).

Among his bowlers, Tamim was unable to identify a wicket-taker. Shoriful appeared to have injured his knee, which only made matters worse. They lost because it was the first time they played Zimbabwe without a left-arm spinner, which was a risky choice.

The foundation of Bangladesh’s score of 303 for 2 was four half-centuries, but the huge partnerships were what actually made a difference. As an opening duo, Tamim and Litton contributed 119 runs, marking their fourth 100-plus stand. When he reached fifty, and when he reached 57 runs later, he became the first player from Bangladesh to accumulate 8,000 ODI runs.

After Tamim left, Litton reached his sixth fifty and then unexpectedly found his stride, hitting a string of fours and a six to reach 81. He injured his hamstring, though, when taking a quick initial run, and after the second drink break, he had to be carried away.

After the openers, Anamul scored his first fifty for Bangladesh in nearly eight years. Since making his comeback this year, he has hit the ball the nicest in this particular inning. A world record of 1,138 runs in the domestic List-A competition, the Dhaka Premier League, helped Anamul earn a spot on the Bangladeshi team. He kept going in the same way against Zimbabwe, getting his sixth one-day fifty in a row and his tenth overall in 2022.

Mushfiqur and Anamul shared 96 runs for the second wicket as they pushed hard into the final 10 overs. However, they only scored 39 runs in the final five innings after scoring 51 runs in the 41st and 45th. The lone accomplishment of the Zimbabwean bowlers in an innings in which they took just two wickets was to slow the scoring rate.

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