The David Houghton effect seems to rub off the Zimbabwe team well as they registered their sixth T20 win on the bounce under his stewardship, beating Bangladesh by 17 runs at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
The chevrons won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket which was not offering much for the bowlers.
They were quick out the block posting 43 runs in the first power play despite losing two wickets upfront of Regis Chakabva for 8 runs and skipper Craig Ervine for 21 runs.
The 4th wicket partnership of Wesley Madevere and Sikandar Raza of 91 runs proved to be the most vital for Zimbabwe as they posted a competitive total of 205 runs for their allotted 20 overs.
Raza was named man of the match for his fine knock of 65 runs of 26 balls
Bangladesh batsman Nurul Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto punished Zimbabwe for some sloppy bowling, with Hasan top scoring for the visitors with 42 runs of 26 balls.
The chevrons managed to hold their nerve with some excellent death bowling by Richard Ngarava restricting Bangladesh to 188/6 in their 20 overs.
Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will meet in the second T20I this Sunday at the same venue, with the match scheduled to start at 1PM Harare time.