Dhaka: Three-wicket hauls by Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam helped Bangladesh crush Zimbabwe by 48 runs in the first Twenty20 international of a two-match series here on Monday.
Earlier Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das struck half-centuries as Bangladesh post a formidable 200 for three. Soumya hit an unbeaten 62 off 32 balls, his second Twenty20 half-century and a career best, after an in-form Liton made 59 off 39 balls.
The visitors were never up to the task when replying to the handy score and were bowled out for 152 runs in 19 overs to suffer their biggest Twenty20 defeat against Bangladesh.
Leg-spinner Aminul Islam grabbed three wickets for 34 runs and Mustafizur Rahman finished with 3-32. The other new-ball bowlers rattled Zimbabwe in the opening batting Powerplay to reduce the tourists to 3-37.
Tinashe Kamunhukamwe was top scorer for Zimbabwe with 28 before Aminul forced him to give a catch to Liton at long-off. Aminul took the wicket of Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams (20) from the next ball to break the back bone of the batting line-up.
Richmond Mutumbami and Doland Tiripano also made 20 runs each. Carl Mumba provided late blitz with 25 off 16 balls but could only delay the inevitable.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 200-3 (Tamim Iqbal 41, Liton Das 59, Soumya Sarkar 62 n.o.) Zimbabwe 152 all out (Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 28, S. Williams 20, R. Mutumbami 20, D. Tiripano 20, Carl Mumba 25; Mustafizur 3/32, Aminul Islam 3/43)....