Bangladesh beats Zimbabwe by 4 wickets in first T20
KHULNA, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladesh made a winning start to 2016, cruising past Zimbabwe by four wickets in the first of their four Twenty20 internationals on Friday.
Zimbabwe rode a 101-run partnership between Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda, their highest opening stand in T20s, to pile up 163-7. Bangladesh eclipses it with 166-6 and eight balls to spare.
Masakadza smashed a fluent 79, equaling his highest score in this format, while Sibanda made 46.
They laid a strong platform, but Zimbabwe faltered near the end, losing five wickets for only 31 runs in the last five overs.
Fast bowlers Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain claimed two wickets apiece.
For Bangladesh, Sabbir Rahman was the highest scorer with 46. Tamim Iqbal chipped-in-with 29.
Legspinner Graeme Cremer took 2-32.