HARARE – Zimbabwe failed to build on its stunning win over South Africa and fell by six wickets to Bangladesh Thursday in a non-cap Twenty20 tournament.
Much was expected of Brendan Taylor and his team after they shocked strong favourites South Africa by 29 runs Tuesday, but a total of 149-8 off 20 overs proved insufficient at Harare Sports Club.
Bangladesh, needing a win to retain a chance of making the final this Sunday, responded with 153-4 off 17.3 overs to give recently appointed England-born coach Richard Pybus his first win in charge of the Tigers.
South Africa plays Bangladesh Friday and Zimbabwe Saturday and the top two finishers in the table qualify for the final of an unofficial tournament.
Opener Hamilton Masakadza (56) top scored for the hosts with Taylor and Stuart Matsikenyeri (27 each) the only other notable run contributors while Mashrafe Mortaza (2-28) was the most successful Bangladeshi bowler.
Nasir Hossain (41 not out) led the run chase with Rahim (31) and Mohammad Mahmudullah (29) lending most assistance while Kyle Jarvis (1-18) was the pick of an attack that did not recapture the form shown against South Africa. — AP