Zimbabwe beats Bangladesh in T20 tri-series opener

A half-century by opener Hamilton Masakadza set up an 11-run win

for Zimbabwe over Bangladesh in the opening match of the Twenty20

tri-series on Sunday.

Masakadza hit four sixes in his 62 off 35 balls at Harare Sports

Club to kick-start Zimbabwe’s innings of 154-6. Captain Brendan

Taylor added a measured 38 off 47.

Fast bowler Chris Mpofu then took 2-20 to help restrict

Bangladesh to 143-5.

Tamim Iqbal (38) and Mohammad Ashraful combined for a 61-run

opening stand, but Bangladesh lost 4-38 afterward to fall

short.

Seamer Kyle Jarvis dismissed Mahmudullah in the last over to

seal victory, with Nasir Hossain stranded on 29 not out.

Bangladesh plays the other team in the series, South Africa, in

the next game on Tuesday.