A sensational 5 wicket haul by debutant Brian Vitori helped guide Zimbabwe to a 4 wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first of 5 one-day internationals at Harare Sports Club.A fired up Brian Vitori helped Zimbabwe steer to a 4 wicket victory in a performance where a 5 wicket haul saw him scoop the man of the match accolade.
Vitoriâ€™s fifer saw Bangladesh being bowled out for 184 runs, as Raymond Price, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya and Hamilton Masakadza took a wicket each.
In response to the Tigers 184, Vusimuzi Sibanda who was Zimbabweâ€™s only batsman to make a half century, fell just 4 runs short of a century.
A run out denied Hamilton Masakadza a half century when he was sent back to the pavilion on 41.
Despite a scare which saw Tatenda Taibu and Craig Ervine being dismissed for 0, Foster Mutizwa stabilised Zimbabweâ€™s innings, ending unbeaten 27, hence helping the hosts surpass Bangladeshâ€™s 185 target to register a 4 wicket victory and take a 1-nil lead going into the second ODI on Sunday.
After the match Zimbabweâ€™s captain, Brendan Taylor was delighted by the teamâ€™s victory.
Zimbabwe will be hoping to continue with the rich form when they lock horns with the same side this Sunday at the same venue.