Masakadza shines as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in Tri-Series opener

Masakadza shines as Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in Tri-Series opener

Tags: Zimbabwe T20 Triangular Series 2012, Zimbabwe Vs Bangladesh 1st Match at Harare - Jun 17, 2012, Hamilton Masakadza

Published on: Jun 18, 2012

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Hosts Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by 11 runs in the unofficial T20 Tri-Series opening match at Harare on Sunday. Batting first after winning the toss, Zimbabwe posted a modest total of 154 for 6 riding on the brisk half century from opener Hamilton Masakadza, who scored 62 from 35 balls.

By BV Swagath

Hosts Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by 11 runs in the unofficial T20 Tri-Series opening match at Harare on Sunday. Batting first after winning the toss, Zimbabwe posted a modest total of 154 for 6 riding on the brisk half century from opener Hamilton Masakadza, who scored 62 from 35 balls. Masakadza hit 6 fours and 4 sixes before leaving Zimbabwe in a solid position at 91 for 2 in 11.5 overs.

Hamilton MasakadzaZimbabwe couldn’t finish things on a high to settle with 154 for 6. After Masakadza’s domination, Skipper Brendan Taylor was the next highest contributor for the homeside with a 41-ball 38 (with a four and a six). Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who opened the bowling for Bangladesh did a great job conceding only 20 runs off his 4 overs.

Bangladesh in their run chase were steady at 61 for 0 in the 10th over but the pressure of the required run rate caused its downfall. Eventually, the visitors could only come up with 143 for 5 in 20 overs. Opener Tamim Iqbal was the top scorer for Bangladesh with 38 (from 35 balls with 3 fours). Middle order bat Nasir Hossain’s cameo of 29* (from 15 balls with 3 fours) went in vain as Bangladesh fell short of the target by 11 runs.

For the Zimbabweans, medium pacer Christopher Mpofu bowled well for his 2 for 20 in 4 overs and so did leggie Graeme Cremer, who conceded only 24 in his 4 overs. Hamilton Masakadza was given the Man of the Match award for his quick 62.

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