Bangladesh have gone 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, winning the series opener by 155 runs.
With this win, Bangladesh go to 60 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League standings and consolidate their second spot on the table.
Liton Das set up the win for Bangladesh through a 114-ball 102 before Shakib Al Hasan sealed it with a five-wicket haul, which propelled him to the top of Bangladesh's wicket-taking list in ODI cricket.
The all-rounder has now taken 274 wickets at 29.44, five more than second-placed Mashrafe Mortaza (269 at 32.65).
After winning the toss and opting to field, Zimbabwe made early inroads, with Blessing Muzarabani (2/47) dismissing Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal for a duck. The home side kept chipping away at Bangladesh's batting lineup who were in a spot of bother at 74/4 before Liton Das and Mahmudullah came together to bail the visitors out of trouble. The two put on a 93-run stand for the fifth wicket before Luke Jongwe (3/51) sent Mahmudullah (33) back to the pavilion with a slower bouncer.
Fourth ODI century for Liton Das 💯— ICC (@ICC) July 16, 2021
As wickets have fallen at the other end, he has battled hard for his runs and has put Bangladesh in a good position!
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Das (102) brought up his fourth ODI hundred and his third against Zimbabwe in the 40th over. Just when it looked like he was set to tee off in the death, Ngarava got the prized scalp of the Bangladesh opener. Afif Hossein (45) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz's*(26) 42-ball 58-run stand helped propel Bangladesh to 276/9 in 50 overs.
Zimbabwe faltered early in their chase as they lost both their openers within the first five overs with Taskin Ahmed (1/22) and Mohammad Saifuddin (1/23) picking up a scalp each. Brendan Taylor and Regis Chakabva tried to provide some impetus to the innings but once the skipper was dismissed by Shakib (5/30) for 24, the rest of the lineup folded rather quickly. Shakib registered his third ODI five-for and in the process became Bangladesh's highest wicket-taker in ODI history.
Liton Das was awarded the Player of the Match for his wonderful hundred in difficult batting conditions.
The two sides will face off in the second ODI on 18 Sunday, July 18 at Harare.
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