Liton ton fires Bangladesh to big total in first ODI
A splendid hundred by Liton Kumar Das paved Bangladesh’s way to a considerable total after batting first in the opening limited over match of the series against Zimbabwe at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza’s decision of opting to bat first after winning the toss was well judged by the top order batsmen in the line-up.
The inaugural partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das stood for 60 runs before the former was trapped leg before wicket in the fifth delivery of the thirteenth over. But Liton remained in his position, composed 80 runs with Najmul Hossain Shanto (29 off 38) in the second wicket. Right hander Liton reached his 50 off 45 deliveries, featuring six fours and a six.
Mahmudullah Riyad joined him in the middle after Mushfiqur Rahim departed for 19. Liton scored his one day international hundred in 95 deliveries, flicking Donald Tiripano for a boundary. He smashed his first ODI hundred in 2018 Asia Cup final against India.
Liton’s classy 126 runs off 105 balls was forced to come to an end when he retired hurt with a cramp in leg. He hit thirteen fours and two sixes in his innings.
Mohammad Mithun contributed the second highest score for the team. He faced only 41 deliveries to score 50 runs hitting five boundaries and one six in his innings.
Mohammad Saifuddin hit a quick fire 28 facing 15 deliveries with three entertaining sixes taking Bangladesh’s total to cross passed three hundred runs in no time.
Chris Mpofu was Zimbabwe’s best bowler taking 2-68.
Bangladesh 321/6 (50 over)
Liton Kumar das 126 (rtd hurt), Mohammed Mithun 50
Christopher Mpofu 2-68