Harare: Jun 17, 2012
Masakadza slammed four sixes and six fours in a 35-ball stand and captain Brendan Taylor (38) offered good support as the home team reached 154-6 off 20 overs in clear, warm conditions.
Bangladesh could make only 143-5 in reply and new coach Richard Pybus started with a loss in a country which has not proved a happy hunting ground for the Tigers as they lost a Test and a one-day international series there last year.
"I feared we were about 10 to 15 runs short of what we needed after our innings," admitted Zimbabwe skipper Taylor, "but our bowlers did exceptionally well today."
"There is a lot of hard work ahead in this tournament, though, as we conceded too many boundaries at the start of the Bangladesh innings and our middle-order batting needs sharpening," he said.
Tamim Iqbal gave Bangladesh a good start with a 38 that featured three fours and Ziaur Rahman (23) and Mohammad Ashraful (22) contributed good knocks and the visitors required 56 to win with 30 balls left.
However, tight bowling at the death by debutant Richard Muzhange and Malcolm Jarvis tamed the Tigers and even a penultimate-over boundary mix-up between Elton Chigumbura and Vusi Sibanda that cost four runs did not prove fatal.
The non-cap tournament resumes at the same venue Tuesday when Bangladesh face hot favourites South Africa and Zimbabwe will confront their southern neighbours the following afternoon. © AFP
Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 154 for 6 in 20 overs (Hamilton Masakadza 62, Brendon Taylor 38; Abul Hasan 2 for 37, Elias Sunny 1 for 30) beat Bangladesh 143 for 5 in 20 overs (Tamim Iqbal 38, Nasir Hossain 29*; Cristopher Mpofu 2 for 20, Prosper Utseya 1 for 18) by 11 runs