Bangladesh hammers Zimbabwe by 155 runs to lead ODI series

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Opener Liton Das made a century and Shakib Al Hasan’s 5-30 broke a national record as Bangladesh hammered Zimbabwe by 155 runs in the first one-day international on Friday.

Bangladesh batsman Liton Kumar Das plays a shot during the One Day series cricket match between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club in Harare, Friday, July 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Bangladesh batsman Liton Kumar Das plays a shot during the One Day series cricket match between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club in Harare, Friday, July 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Das’ 102 saved Bangladesh from 74-4 and lifted the visiting team to 279-6 in 50 overs batting first at Harare Sports Club.

Zimbabwe was all out for 121 in just 28.5 overs for a hefty home defeat.

Shakib’s five made him Bangladesh’s leading wicket-taker in ODIs, overtaking seam bowler and former captain Mashrafe Mortaza.

Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva made 54 for Zimbabwe but there was hardly any other resistance as Shakib’s left-arm spin claimed four of the last five wickets.

Zimbabwe’s Timycen Maruma didn’t bat after he sustained a leg injury while fielding.

Shakib’s third five-for in ODIs took him to 274 career wickets. He is already Bangladesh’s leading wicket-taker in tests and Twenty20s.

The teams will play two more one-dayers and three T20s. Bangladesh won the only test of the tour, also at Harare, by 220 runs.

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