Tigers edge Zimbabwe in first T20


Bangladesh edged Zimbabwe by four wickets, with 14 balls remaining, in the first T20 in Mirpur on Friday after they chased down a modest target of 132.

The Tigers, who whitewashed the visitors three-nil in the ODI series, made heavy weather of a rather simple run-chase as they were reduced to 80 for five at one point.

It was Zimbabwe legspinner Graeme Cremer who did most of the damage upfront with figures of three for 29 while Tendai Chisoro also chipped in with two for 15 to give the African side hope.

Mahmudullah (22*) and Liton Das (17) resurrected the hosts' innings with a partnership of 38 for the sixth wicket before captain Mashrafe Mortaza (15*) and Mahmudullah steered their side to victory.

The Zimbabwe batting was again a calamity at the start as they found themselves on 38 for four in the ninth over of the innings.

A fifth wicket stand of 67 between Malcolm Waller (68) and Craig Ervine (20) brought the innings back on track but as soon the home side made the breakthrough the lower-order fell away dramatically as they were 131 all out in the final over.

The second and final T20 takes place at the same venue on Sunday.