Malcolm Waller fell one run short of a maiden half-century as Zimbabwe made 130 for eight against the West Indies in the first Twenty20 international on Saturday.
Waller and Craig Ervine put on 60 for the fourth wicket, a new Zimbabwean T20 record, after pace bowler Tino Best, who finished with three wickets, had made early inroads, removing the opening pair of Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza.
Brendan Taylor, who once again called correctly at the toss and chose to bat, continued his poor run on the tour with the bat, falling without scoring to a catch at the wicket off Samuel Badree.
Sunil Narine again proved a challenge for the tourists with his spin variations, claiming two wickets for 17 runs while all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who captained the West Indies to a 3-0 of the one-day international series in Grenada, took two wickets off the final over.
Waller provided the only consistent threat to the West Indies, hitting four fours and two sixes off 34 deliveries before he was bowled by Narine seeking to accelerate the innings over the final five overs.
Darren Sammy, back as captain of the home side after being rested for the one-dayers, conceded 34 runs off his four overs and utilised six other bowlers for the 20-over duration of the innings.