Bangladesh go 1-0 up despite Hamilton Masakadza fifty

Bangladesh go 1-0 up despite Hamilton Masakadza fifty
Hamilton Masakadza's 53-ball 79 went in vain as Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by four wickets.
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Bangladesh 166-6 (Sabbir 46) beat
Zimbabwe 163-7 (Hamilton 79) by four wickets
First Twenty20 International in Khulna 

A combined batting effort from Bangladesh saw them take a 1-0 lead in the series by defeating Zimbabwe by four wickets in the first Twenty20 International in Khulna despite a half-century from Hamilton Masakadza.  

Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first. Hamilton (79) and Vusi Sibanda (46) got their team off to a great start by scoring 47 for naught in the powerplay phase.

By the half-way mark, Hamilton struck six boundaries and Sibanda smashed three fours and a six to push the total to 75 for naught.

After the 100-run opening stand came up in 71 balls, Sibanda holed out to covers off Shakib Al Hasan (1-45).

In the next over, Hamilton completed his fifty in 34 balls. Malcolm Waller (14) was run out in the 15th over leaving Zimbabwe at 127 for two. Hamilton continued to play positively and hit a boundary and a six in the next six balls.

Zimbabwe lost Hamilton, Elton Chigumbura (3) and Luke Jongwe (0) in the space of five balls as Bangladesh dented the opposition momentum.

The hosts took the wickets of Sikandar Raza (6) and Sean Williams (2) in the final over as Zimbabwe reached 163 for seven in their 20 overs.

Mustafizur Rahman (2-18) and Al-Amin Hossain (2-24) took two wickets each while Shakib had one scalp.

Bangladesh were rocked early in their chase when Soumya Sarkar (7) was run out in the fourth over.

Tamim Iqbal (29) and Sabbir Rahman (46) combined to take their team to 54 for one in the powerplay.

Iqbal fell to Graeme Cremer (2-32) in the seventh over, caught at long off. Shuvagata Hom (6) was castled by Williams (1-22) in the 10th over as Bangladesh were positioned at 78 for three at the half-way mark.

Sabbir and Mushfiqur Rahim (26) added 44 runs for the fourth wicket in just 5.1 overs to add some momentum to the innings.

Sabbir holed out to deep mid-wicket off Cremer with Bangladesh needing 43 runs from the final five overs.

The hosts lost two more wickets in the next two overs with 27 runs still needed from 18 balls.

Zimbabwe conceded 10 wides in the next two overs while Shakib (20 not out) and Nurul Hasan (7 not out) saw the team through to victory with eight balls to spare.

Cremer took two wickets while Wellington Masakadza (1-25), Jongwe (1-45) and Williams took one wicket apiece. Hamilton was given the man of the match award for his well-paced fifty.

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