Kayes shared a record 127-run stand in Dhaka with all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin for the seventh wicket as the hosts recovered from 139-6 to post a competitive score. Saifuddin made 50 off 69 balls _ his maiden half-century in his fourth ODI.
Imrul, who struck 13 fours and six sixes, was also involved in a decent 71-run fourth-wicket stand with Mohammad Mithun (37) after skipper Mashrfe Mortaza won the toss and elected to bat first. Pace bowler Kyle Jarvis claimed four wickets while Tendai Chatara returned 3-55.
Bangladesh 271/8 in 50 overs (Imrul Kayes 144, Mohammad Mithun 37, Mohammad Saifuddin 50, Jarvis 4/37, Chatara 3/55) vs Zimbabwe