1st ODI: Centonion Liton Das stars when Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe for 169 races

SYLHET (Bangladesh): Liton Das he achieved his second international one-day century to establish a crushing 169 race victory for Bangladesh in the first ODI against Zimbabwe in Sylhet on Sunday.

Liton hit 126 off 105 balls with 13 fours and two sixes as Bangladesh posted 321-6, their highest score against Zimbabwe , before they bowled out the visitors for 152 runs in 39.1 overs for their biggest ever ODI win.

The feat surpasses Bangladesh 's 163-run victory over Sri Lanka in 2018 and is also their 14th consecutive win against familiar foes Zimbabwe , giving them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Mohammad Saifuddin starred for Bangladesh, playing his first match since the World Cup last year, and managed 3-22, while skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and spinner Mehidy Hasan contributed with 2-35 and 2-33 respectively.

Chasing a mammoth target, Zimbabwe 's innings never got going after Saifuddin took two wickets in his opening spell before Mashrafe took his first wicket in six matches to reduce the side to 23-3.

Debuting Teen Wesley Madhevere He did 35 races while Tinotenda Mutombodzi did 24 before becoming the last man fired.

Mohammad Mithun earlier hit 50 off 41 balls and Saifuddin remained unbeaten on 28 off 16 balls to provide a late impetus in Bangladesh's innings after Liton's blazing hundred.

We have not done well in the last 3-4 games in this format. We hadn't been up to it in those games, but today we were up to it, Mashrafe said in the post-game presentation.

Liton hit very well. And it mattered that others struck around him, Mashrafe added.

Liton and Tamim Iqbal put on 60 runs in the opening stand before all-rounder Madhevere trapped Tamim in front for 24 for Zimbabwe 's first breakthrough.

Najmul Hossain along with Liton then added 80 runs for the second, but several layoffs delayed their innings since Najmul fell to 29 and Mushfiqur Rahim left for 19.

Liton brought his first hundred since the final of the Asian Cup in 2018 before limping off the ground with a muscle cramp.

Mithun and Mahmudullah Riyad added 68 runs for the fourth wicket to prepare the base for a late attack.

Zimbabwe captain Chamu Chibhabha complimented Bangladesh on their batting.

I thought the Bangladesh is batted really well. They had a guy bat through for them, and they had partnerships through the game, he said.

Chris Mpofu finished with the highest figure for Zimbabwe of 2-68.

The second game of the series will take place in the same place on Tuesday.

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