DHAKA - Malcolm Waller and Graeme Cremer starred with bat and ball respectively but Zimbabwe still fell short in the first Twenty20 international against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday. The hosts bundled Zimbabwe out for 131 runs in 19.3 overs in a docile wicket before easily reaching 136-6 in 17.4 overs to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

Waller struck 68 runs off 31 balls as Zimbabwe recovered from a disastrous start to get a decent score. Cremer then finished with 3-29, including two wickets in one over, but they were not good enough for the visitors to end their dismal run in the tour. Bangladesh won the preceding three-match one-day international series 3-0.

Tamim Iqbal scored highest with 31 runs for the hosts while Mahmudullah added an unbeaten 22 to take Bangladesh home. Mashrafe Mortaza, unbeaten on 15, hit Luke Jongwe a straight to six to end the game with more than two overs to spare.

Electing to bowl first, Bangladesh skipper Mortaza and Al-Amin Hossain struck early to reduce Zimbabwe to 10-3 inside three overs before Sean Williams (15) and Craig Ervine (20) offered some resistance. Waller joined Ervine after spinner Nasir Hossain bowled Williams to leave Zimbabwe tottering at 38-4. Waller launched an immediate counter attack to take 17 runs off debutant leg-spinner Jubair Hossain's first over. He then scored 20 off the next over by Nasir and completed his 50 off just 20 balls, Zimbabwe's quickest in Twenty20 internationals.

Waller, who hit a total of four fours and sixes, was eventually dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman as Liton Das took a catch at deep midwicket.

Mustafizur claimed 2-16 while Mortaza, Al-Amin and Jubair each grabbed two wickets by giving away 20 runs each. The second match of the series will be held at the same venue on November 15.

Scoreboard

ZIMBABWE:

S Raza c Liton b Mortaza 4

R Chakabva c Rahim b Al-Amin 0

S Williams b Nasir 15

E Chigumbura b Mortaza 0

C Ervine b Mahmudullah 20

M Waller c Liton Mustafizur 68

L Jongwe lbw b Jubair 0

N Madziva c Nasir b Jubair 1

T Chisoro not out 7

A Cremer b Al Amin 3

T Panyangara lbw b Mustafizur 4

EXTRAS: (b1, lb7, w1) 9

TOTAL: (all out; 19.3 overs) 131

FOW: 1-4, 2-8, 3-10, 4-38, 5-105, 6-106, 7-108, 8-122, 9-126, 10-131

BOWLING: Mortaza 4-0-20-2, Al-Amin 4-0-20-2, Mustafizur 3.3-0-16-2 (w1), Nasir 3-0-29-1, Mahmudullah 3-1-18-1, Jubair 2-0-20-2

BANGLADESH:

Tamim Iqbal lbw b Cremer 31

Anamul Haque run out 1

Sabbir Rahman e Ervine b Chisoro 18

Mushfiqur Rahim c Raza b Cremer 2

Nasir Hossain lbw b Cremer 16

Mahumdullah not out 22

Liton Das c Cremer b Chisoro 17

Mashrafe Mortaza not out 15

EXTRAS: (lb4, w8, nb2) 14

TOTAL: (6 wkts; 17.4 overs) 136

FOW: 1-6, 2-45, 3-54, 4- 79, 5-80, 6-118

BOWLING: Panyangara 3-0-25-0 (nb2, w1), Madziva 3-0-24-0 (w6), Jongwe 1.4-0-24-0, Chisoro 4-1-15-2, Cremer 4-0-29-3 (w1), Williams 2-015-0

TOSS: Bangladesh

UMPIRES: Enamul Haque (BAN) and Anisur Rahman (BAN)

TV UMPIRE: Sharfoudoulla Saikat (BAN)

MATCH REFEREE: Javagal Srinath (IND)