Bangladesh wins 1st T20 against Zim­babwe by 4 wkts

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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

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