Richie berrington he anchored Scotland’s innings, hitting seven fours and three sixes on his 82 of 61 balls, while the hosts scored 141 of six after 20 overs.
Zimbabwe: plays his first game since the retirement of the great national Brendan taylor – fell short in their pursuit despite the efforts of Milton shumba, who scored an undefeated 45 in 30 deliveries.
Paceman Safyaan Sharif he defended 14 runs late in the game pitching Wellington Masakadza and executing Tendai Chatara as the visitors finished 134 of nine.
Scotland play two more Twenty20 matches ahead of their first T20 World Cup group stage match against Bangladesh in Oman on 17 October.
The Scots will also face Oman and Papua New Guinea in Group B of the tournament.
Scotland and Zimbabwe resume their three-game series in Edinburgh on Friday.