Zimbabwe beats Bangladesh in T20 tri-series opener

Zimbabwe beats Bangladesh in T20 tri-series opener

Published Jun. 17, 2012 12:18 p.m. ET

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.