Zimbabwe held their nerve to register a six-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Twenty20.
End of over No. 20: 162 for 8 Zimbabwe held their nerve to register a six-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Twenty20. Needing ten runs in the last over, Bangladesh could only make three, losing the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim, who went after playing a cameo (28 off 14), very early in the over. While Tinashe Panyangara picked up three wickets, Prosper Utseya contributed with two.
End of over No. 15: 125 for 3 Shakib Al Hasan (65 off 40) and Shamsur Rahman (53 off 48) scored half-centuries but also departed in the same over to put Bangladesh in a fix. The two batsmen shared 118 runs for the second wicket before being taken by offspinner Prosper Utseya.
End of over No. 9: 76 for 1 Bangladesh batsmen - Shakib Al Hasan and Shamsur Rahman - took the attack to the Zimbabwe bowlers, smashing them all round the park. While Shakib had already hit seven fours, Shamsur had smashed three fours and a six.
End of over No. 4: 31 for 1 Chasing a challenging total, Bangladesh lost the wicket of Tamim Iqbal, who was bowled for 2 by Brian Vitori. Shakib Al Hasan, who was also the pick of the bowler in the Zimbabwe innings with his 2 for 20, got going with a couple of boundaries.
End of over No. 20: 168 for 5 Some lusty hits from Malcolm Waller (26* off 14) and Tinotenda Mutombodzi (12* off 9) took Zimbabwe to a challenging score. Waller finished the innings with a six off Shafiul Islam.
End of over No. 18: 146 for 5 Zimbabwe lost the wicket of well-set Masakadza for 59. He was taken by Sohag Gazi when he tried a big shot off Shakib Al Hasan. Malcolm Waller was unbeaten on 16 off 10.
End of over No. 15: 120 for 4 Masakadza got to his fifty with two runs. The hosts lost Sean Williams, stumped off Mahmudullah for 6, and Sikandar Raza, caught by Shakib Al Hasan off Shafiul Islam, in the middle overs.
End of over No. 9: 76 for 2 Brendan Taylor departed after a quick-fire 40 off 25 balls. Taylor was mostly unorthodox during his knock in which he hit six fours and a six. He was caught by Tamim Iqbal off Shakib Al Hasan. Masakadza was unbeaten on 30 off 25.
End of over No. 5: 39 for 1 Hamilton Masakadza (25*) and Brendan Taylor (13*) continued to punish the wayward Zimbabwe bowlers. Masakadza struck four boundaries while Taylor hit two.
End of over No. 2: 19 for 1 Zimbabwe lost the wicket of Vusi Sibanda in the very first over. Sibanda, whose century helped the hosts register a 2-1 win over the visitors in the recently concluded ODI series, was out for a duck, caught Sajidul Islam off Sohag Gazi. After just five runs in the first over, 14 runs were were scored in the second over of Shafiul Islam.
Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat.