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Masakadza leads Zimbabwe to narrow win

Shakib Al Hasan’s allround effort goes in vain as Bangladesh falls six runs short of Zimbabwe’s 168 for 5

Masakadza leads Zimbabwe to narrow win - Cricket News
Brendan Taylor.
A fine allround performance by Shakib Al Hasan went in vain as Bangladesh lost quick wickets to give Zimbabwe a narrow six-run win in the first Twenty20 International at Queens Sports Club on Saturday (May 11).  

Shakib's 2 for 20 with the ball had restricted Zimbabwe to 168 for 5, but his 65 from 40 wasn’t enough to force a win when Bangladesh lost five wickets for 23 runs in 19 deliveries.  

Although Mushfiqur Rahim's 28-run blitz off 14 balls threatened to take his side over the line, he fell to the first ball of the final over and Bangladesh finished on 162 for 8.  

Hamilton Masakadza's free-flowing half-century had anchored Zimbabwe's innings, which also enjoyed contributions from Brendan Taylor at the start and Malcolm Waller at the end.  

Masakadza hit 59 from 48 balls and was well supported by Taylor, the captain, in a 74-run stand for the second wicket, which ended when Taylor holed out for 40.  

Masakadza stepped up his own scoring rate after Taylor's departure and Waller provided a strong finish when he hit the final ball of the innings for six to finish on 26 not out from 14 deliveries.  

Bangladesh looked on track for a win when Shakib put on 118 for the second wicket with Shamsur Rahman, who made 53 in his first match of the tour. However Prosper Utseya changed the game when he got rid of both batsmen in the same over, before two run-outs in quick succession set Bangladesh back.  

Bangladesh will have an immediate opportunity to square the series on Sunday, when the teams return to the same venue for the second and final Twenty20 International.

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