In the absence of Sean Williams, Zimbabwe's batting continued to look thin, with only two of their batters scoring more than 30. Wessley Madhevere
, who was one of those, survived the loss of Innocent Kaia, his opening partner, to share a second-wicket stand of 30 with captain Craig Ervine. The pair was in a good position to lay a solid foundation for Zimbabwe but Ervine became debutant Nijat Masood
's first victim when he offered the medium-pacer a return catch off a leading edge.