Bangladesh wins 1st T20 against Zimbabwe by 4 wkts
DHAKA: Bangladesh overcame a belligerent 68 off 31 balls by Malcolm Waller to knock Zimbabwe down by four wickets in the first Twenty20 yesterday.
Waller was the only one in the either side to make batting look easy on the difficult pitch, but his effort couldn’t dent Bangladesh’s surge. Without Waller’s fireworks, Zimbabwe’s total would have been far worse than the 131 they put up before being all out in 19.3 overs.
Bangladesh cantered to the victory with 14 balls to spare, scoring 136-6. Tamim Iqbal led Bangladesh with 31, and Mahmudullah added 22 not out. Zimbabwe was reeling at 384 when Waller unleashed a counterattack, smashing six sixes and four fours on his way to the fastest T20 half-century for Zimbabwe.
His half-century came off just 20 balls, but wickets tumbled around him. Craig Ervine gave him proper support in a 67-run stand for the fifth wicket to lift the side past 100. Mustafizur Rahman removed Waller in the 18th over to give Bangladesh relief.
Mustafizur, Mashrafe Mortaza and Al-Amin Hossain claimed two wickets apiece. In pursuit of 132, Bangladesh lost Anamul Haque in the first over but a convincing victory looked to set up by the untroubled Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman.Until the spinners started operating.
Left-armer Tendai Chisoro dismissed Rahman (18), when Craig Ervine took a brilliant diving catch at point, rejuvenating Zimbabwe. Graeme Cremer removed Mushfiqur Rahim (2), and took out Tamim and Nasir Hossain (16) in the space of three deliveries, leaving Bangladesh 80-5.
Mahmudullah and Liton Das, however, shared 38 runs to take the side closer. Chisoro bagged Das on 17, but captain Mashrafe ensured there would be no more drama as he smacked Luke Jongwe with a consecutive four and six. Cremer took 3-29, and Chisoro 2-15. —AP
Celebratory leap Warner was by no means done yet, though, and he brought up his 15th test century by hammering his 12th four over mid-wicket.
The 150 came from 182 balls with another two fours and the addition of his first six but his celebrations were muted compared to that for his century, indicating that his real target still lay ahead.
His second six took him to 197 and after a single from the 236th ball he