Hosts Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 169 runs in the first one-day international of the three match series thus took a 1-0 lead at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
This is the biggest ever win by runs for Bangladesh in 50-over format of the game.
Wicket-keeper batsman Liton Kumar Das’s career best knock of 126 helped Tigers to post a massive 321 runs after winning the toss. In reply, Zimbabwe were curtailed within the first ball of the fortieth over at the score of 152 runs.
The clinical performance from Liton striking 126 off 105 balls before being forced to retired hurt with a severe leg cramp put the home team in a commanding position. Liton’s innings comprised of 13 fours and a six.
Mohammad Mithun accelerated the innings with a 41-ball 50 smashing 5 shots to cross the boundary rope and one huge six.
Lastly it was Mohammad Saifuddin’s unbeaten cameo of a 15-ball 28 that had lifted Bangladesh’s total above 300.
Later on, Saifuddin delivered the first blow with the ball, removing Tinashe Kamunhukamwe as early as in the second over.
Zimbabwe’s poor run with the bat continued with that; the highest partnership was of 35 runs between Sikander Raza and Madhevere.
Meanwhile in this particular match, Mashrafe bin Mortaza has become the first Bangladeshi ODI captain to claim 100 wickets when he removed Mutombodzi. Prior to Mashrafe, only four skippers reached into the milestone as limited over captain. They are Pakistan’s Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, West Indies’ Jason Holder and South Africa’s Shaun Pollock.
For Bangladesh, Mohammad Saifuddin was the highest wicket-taker; he claimed 3 wickets while skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and spinner Mehidy Hasan claimed two wickets each.
Debutant Wesley Madhevere made 35 runs for Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh 321 – 6 (Liton Das 126 retired Injured, Mohammad Mithun 50; Christopher Mpofu 2-68)
Zimbabwe 152 (39.1 Ovs) – (Mohammad Saifuddin 3-22, Mehedi Hasan 2-33)
Result – Bangladesh won by 169 runs
Player of the Match : Liton Kumar Das.
Bangladesh win by 169 runs! 🎉
— ICC (@ICC) March 1, 2020
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