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Liton ton, Shakib five-for gives Bangladesh huge victory

 Sports Desk

 Published: 08:13 PM, 16 July 2021   Updated: 08:43 AM, 17 July 2021

Liton ton, Shakib five-for gives Bangladesh huge victory

Liton ton, Shakib five-for gives Bangladesh huge victory

Liton Das's century and Left-hand spinner Shakib Al Hasan's five-for 30 helped Bangladesh to beat Zimbabwe by 155 runs in the first ODI of the three-match series at Harare today. With the victory, Bangladesh leads the three-match ODI series 1-0.

After losing the toss Bangladesh bat first and post 276/9. Liton Das scored his fourth ODI ton 102 off 114. Affif Hossain scored second highest 45 off 35. 

In reply, Zimbabwe was all out for 121 in just 28.5 overs. Regis Chakabva  (54) was the highest scorer for the host. 

Chasing the target the host lost debutant Marumani for naught as Pacer Mohammad Saifuddin struck in his first over. Taskin Ahmed increased the woe for the host taking the wicket of Wesley Madhevere (9) and Zimbabwe lost their second wicket to 13. 

Brendan Taylor and Dion Myers added 36 runs in the third wickets stand to make some resistance. But it could not last long as Myers (18) fell to Shoriful Islam.

Then Shakib Al Hasan struck to remove dangerous Brendan Taylor for 24 and Ryan Burl for 6. After the removal of Burl, Luke Jongwe (0) was run out by Afif Hossain in the next over.

From 105/5 to 121 all out, Zimbabwe lost their last five wickets for 16 runs. In all, only three Zimbabwe batters reached double figures. Losing a batter to injury didn't help either. Shakib became the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in ODIs on his way to a five-for.

Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, and Shoriful Islam took one wicket each for Bangladesh.

Earlier, Opener Liton Das' fourth ODI hundred and Afif Hossain's 45 off 35 helped Bangladesh to post 276 for 9 wickets in the first match of the three-match series against Zimbabwe at Harare. Liton reached the magic figure from 110 balls with the help of eight fours. 

Bangladesh lost their opener and skipper Tamim Iqbal (0) in the first ball of the 3rd over. Shakib Al Hasan was looking good but he did not make his innings big. The all-rounder also lost his wicket to Muzarabani. Before giving caught to Ryan Burle Shakib made 19 runs off 25 balls.

Mohammad Mithun came to the crease after losing the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan. He was looking good but lost his wicket to Chatara. It was a length ball outside off from Chatara and Mithun tried to cut but it outside edge to the keeper as Bangladesh lose their third to 57.

After a long time, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat got a chance in the playing XI to cement his place but he failed to take advantage of the chance. Before being dismissed to Ngarava Mossaddek made only 5 runs. 

After reducing to 74/4, Liton Das and Mahmudullah (33) added 93 runs in the fifth wickets stand before Mahmudullah was dismissed by Jongwe.

Liton Das and Afif shared 40 runs between them before Liton was dismissed for 102 by Ngarava. His innings were adorned with eights fours.

Afif Hossain added 58 off 42 balls with Miraz in the seventh wickets stand before Miraz (26) was dismissed by Jongwe. Afif Hossain was also dismissed in the very next delivery and Bangladesh lost their 8th wicket to 266. Taskin Ahmed run out for 0 in the 5th ball of the 49th over. Bangladesh added 9 runs in the last over as Mohammad Saif Uddin scored 8 runs. 

For Zimbabwe,  Luke Jongwe took 3 for 51 while Richard Ngarava and Muzarabani bagged 2 wickets each.

The second ODI of the three-match series will be held on July 18 (Sunday) at the same venue.