BOGRA, Mar 17 (BDNEWS): A brilliant 91 by opener Shahriar Nafees helped Bangladesh crush visiting Kenya by 131 runs in the opening match of the bangalink Tiger Cup series at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra Friday.
Bangladesh, batting first, piled up an amassed 301 for seven. Kenya, in reply, were all out for 170 in 48.1 overs.
With the convincing victory, Bangladesh went 1-0 ahead in four-match series.
Bangladesh surpassed their previous best of 272 against Zimbabwe in 2001 in Zimbabwe.
Man of the Match Shahriar hit 11 fours to the cheers of large crowd of the district town.
Pacer Syed Rasel gave Bangladesh a perfect start removing Kenyan three top order batsmen just on 38 and put pressure on the Kenyan opponents. Mohammad Rafique and Mohammad Ashraful wrapped up them tail taking two wickets each.
Tanmay Mishra was most successful batsman to score highest 43 off 82, followed by Tony Suji's 33 off 55 balls. Odoyo (16), MA Suji (12) and Ongondo (10) were other remarkable batsmen for Kenya.
Bangladesh batting line-up proved their worth this time following the batting decision by skipper Habibul Bashar, who recorded hundred per cent toss-success in both ODI, and Test series against Sri Lanka recently and also won Friday's toss against Kenya.
Bangladesh accelerated run-rate and scored 105 runs in the last 10 overs, including 63 in last five overs.
Among them, Mashrafee Bin Mortuza played an entertaining unbeaten 44-run innings hammering five fours and three massive sixes in just 16-ball knock. He hit two sixes and two fours in the last 50th over.
Besides, Mashrafee and Mohammad Rafique also put on a vital 36 off 25 balls featuring three fours and one six.
Shahriar Nafees deprived of his maiden ODI century as the left-handed opener was run out by experienced Tikolo from the short cover before putting 91 runs from 112 deliveries that included 11 fours.
Aftab was caught by Mishra off Ondongo for 62. He hit three fours and two sixes.
Aftab and Ahsraful (18) played a fruitful 37-run for the third wicket stand before Asharful was bowled by Kamande.