At the Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, 11 May 2013
Result: Zimbabwe 168 for 5 (Masakadza 59, Taylor 40, Shakib 2/20) beat Bangladesh 162 for 8 (Shakib 65, Shamsur 53, Panyangara 3/32) by six runs
A breath taking last over by Tinashe Panyangara saw Zimbabwe take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Teletalk 3G Twenty20 International series, when they beat Bangladesh by six runs at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday.
This was Bulawayo's first ever international Twenty20 match, and there was concern over attendance.
But the fears were soon put to bed as the Bulawayo faithful flocked into the grounds, singing and chanting well before the game got underway.
Zimbabwe won the toss, and elected to bat on another belter of a pitch. The home side suffered an early setback when Vusimuzi Sibanda was dismissed in the first over, but Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor were unperturbed as they cashed in on the first six overs of powerplay, with both batsmen employing a great deal of sweeps and reverse sweeps, which seemed to unsettle the Bangladesh bowlers.
Taylor was the next to go when he departed for a brisk 40 which then saw Bangladesh fight back, as their two champion spinners Abdur Razzak and Shakib Al Hasan applied steady pressure throughout Zimbabwe's innings, restricting them to 168 for five wickets in their 20 overs.
Hamilton Masakadza was the rock of the innings, top scoring with a fluent 59 off 48 balls, while Malcolm Waller finished the innings off nicely with a breezy 26 not out.
Bangladesh then found themselves in a similar position to Zimbabwe, when the explosive Tamim Iqbal had his stumps shattered by Brian Vitori with the total on two.
The crowd were then treated to the best batting of the day, thanks to Shamsur who made a polished 53 off 48 balls, and former captain Shakib Al Hasan who gave all and sundry a timely reminder as to why he is such a highly-rated cricketer, as he top scored with 65 off just 40 balls.
Bangladesh seemingly had the match in the bag, but Brian Vitori then bowled an over that only yielded two runs, which transferred the pressure back onto Bangladesh.
Al Hasan then tried to alleviate the pressure in the following over when he took on Prosper Utseya, but instead of clearing the boundary, he was well caught by Malcolm Waller, attempting a slog sweep.
Shamsur followed two balls later, and after that, wickets fell at regular intervals.
Tinashe Panyangara then redeemed his early spell by bowling an almost perfect final over, which sealed the game for Zimbabwe, as Bangladesh finished six runs short of victory, on 162 for eight wickets.
Panyangara was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with three for 32 in his four overs, while Prosper Utseya chipped in with two for 34.
Although Zimbabwe have a great deal of momentum and confidence, they will be well aware that Bangladesh are more than capable of fighting back and leveling the two match series, when the teams conclude the tour in the second and final encounter at the same venue on Sunday.