Harare, Jun 22: After their stunning victory against South Africa on Tuesday, Zimbabwe failed to capitalize on the start, as Bangladesh won by six wickets with 15 balls to spare in the fourth match of the tri-series also featuring South Africa on Thursday.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Zimbabwe relied on Hamilton Masakadoza, the opening batsman, who scored a brilliant 56 off 54 balls to guide the hosts to 149/8 off the allotted 20 overs.
Masakadza's innings included five boundaries and a six while Taylor stole the limelight as he raced to 27 off just 13 deliveries, which included 3 boundaries and two sixes.
Skipper Brendon Taylor, Stuart Matsikenyeri both started off well, but couldn't build on the foundation, as Taylor was dismissed by Ziaur Rahman while the latter got just 23 deliveries to face, and did a fantastic job to help the team reach a decent score of 149/8
Bangladesh who had lost the last two matches against Zimbabwe and South Africa, had to win Thursday's clash to stay afloat in the series. Chasing a modest 150 off 20 overs, Nasir Hossain (41*) and Mushfiqur Rahim (31) played a vital role in guiding their team home to also register the team's first win in the series.
Mushfiqur Rahim-led Bangladesh managed to reach the target with ease as they got some good partnerships from the skipper and Hossain for the fourth wicket (47 in 6.3 overs) while Hossain and Mahmuddullah added 54 runs for the fifth wicket, recording the highest partnership of the match.
The two partnerships were the key for Bangladesh's six wicket win over hosts Zimbabwe as they opened their account with 4 points after suffering two losses in the tournament.
Bangladesh's fast bowler Mushrafe Mortaza's fabulous spell was the key as he removed the highest run scorer for Zimbabwe, Masakadza (56) off the 18th over, and helped them restrict the hosts to 149/8.
His bowling figures of 28/2 off four overs, at an economy rate of 7 runs per over, boosted Bangladesh's chances as they got the man in-form.
Bangladesh's first win in the tournament was England-born coach Richard Pybus' first win after taking charge of the Tigers.
Visibly pleased Rahim said "I am much happier now because today our batsmen and bowlers clicked whereas one department or other let us down in previous matches."
With a match against South Africa remaining, Bangladesh are definitely a team watch out for. Moreover, the on-going T20 series has witnessed the most hyped team like South Africa losing to the hosts Zimbabwe by 29 runs, which means the series is wide open as all the teams are yet to play another game and whoever registers more wins, will make it to the final of the tri-series.