The change of formats did not change fortunes for Zimbabwe. Bangladesh continued its dominance over Zimbabwe on the tour and thrashed the hosts by 8 wickets in the first T20I.
Zimbabwe skipper Sikander Raza won the toss and elected to bat first in the first T20I. The hosts lost an early wicket in the second over when Marumai was dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman.
Chakabva played an aggressive knock of 43 from 22 balls that included 2 maximums and 5 boundaries. He was unfortunately run-out and Zimbabwe were reduced to 91-3 in 10.1 overs. Skipper Sikander Raza was dismissed in the same over without troubling the scorers.
Myers played a sensible inning of 35 from 22 balls that included 2 boundaries but was dismissed in the 15th over. The lower middle-order did not provide much resistance and the hosts were bowled out for 152 in 19 overs.
Bangladesh chased the target with ease
Bangladesh's openers started cautiously but once they got their eye in, they dominated the Zimbabwean bowling attack. The openers Naim and Soumya Sarkar added 102 runs in 13 overs before Sarkar was dismissed (run-out) for 50.
Bangladeshi skipper Mahmudullah was the next batsman dismissed, run-out for 15. But Naim held up one end and added 30 runs with Shakib Al Hasan to guide Bangladesh to an 8-wicket win.
Naim was unbeaten on 63 from 51 balls that included six boundaries. Shakib played the role of the aggressor and smashed 16 runs from 8 balls to lead Bangladesh to a comfortable win with seven balls to spare.
The second T20I will be played tomorrow i.e. on 23rd July 2021, at the Harare Sports Club.