Malcolm Waller bagged man of the match award for his amazing 68-run knock © Getty Images (representational image)

Bangladesh have won the first T20I comfortably by four wickets and 14 balls to spare. Bangladesh wanted to keep the winning momentum going in this series as well and they succeeded. On the other hand, Zimbabwe entered into the T20I series with high expectations after the miserable ODI series where they lost all the three  matches. However, it looks like their troubles are still not over after this huge defeat; this time in the shortest version of the game. They were bowled out for a paltry 131 in the first T20I. Bangladesh chased down the target with some hiccups in the middle but otherwise they were always in the driver’s seat in the match— at the start of their batting and at climax. Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl first. Raza and Chakawa opened the batting for Zimbabwe. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza started the proceedings with the new ball. Zimbabwe did not start well and lost three wickets in the first three overs itself. Then came Malcolm Waller and played the innings of his life slamming 68 off just 31 balls.  He struck four shots to the fence and six gigantic sixes in his knock. If it wasn’t for Malcolm Waller, Zimbabwe could had been bowled out for under 100 runs. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD 1st T20I match, Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2015, at Mirpur

Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Jubair Hossain took two wickets each. Mustafizur took the key wicket of Waller. Now, it was upto the Bangladesh’s batsman to make sure that they chase down the small target. Bangladesh in reply started well, they were 41 for just one loss after five overs. Tamim Iqbal gave them a good start. He made 31 off 28 balls with the help of three boundaries. After his departure, Bangladesh witnessed a middle-order batting collapse but the lower-order batters saw them through this match comfortably. Apart from Graeme Cremer, none of Zimbabwe bowlers posed any threat to Bangladeshi batsmen. Cremer ended up with figures of 3-29 in his four overs. LIVE BLOG: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2015, 1st T20I at Mirpur

FULL SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2015, 1st T20I at Mirpur

PHOTO GALLERY: Bangaldesh vs Zimbabwe 2015, 1st T20I at Mirpur

Brief Scores:

Zimbabwe 131 (Malcolm Waller 68(31), Craig Ervine 20(31), Mashrafe Moratza 2 for 20, Al-Amin Hossain 2 for 20) lose to Bangladesh 136/6 (Tamim Iqbal 31(28), Mahmudullah 22(21), Graeme Cremer 3 for 29, Tendai Chisoro 2 for 15)

(Bhaskar Narayan is a reporter at CricketCountry and Criclife. He passionately follows the game and is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. His Twitter handle is @Cricopathy)