Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 1st Test: Spinners do the job for the visitors

This is the first test win for Zimbabwe in Bangladesh in more than five years and their third away win in test match cricket overall.

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Zimbabwe have won the first match in their two match test series against Bangladesh at the Sylhet International Stadium by 151 runs. A good Day 2 and Day 3 for Zimbabwe in all the departments set up a target of 321 runs for the hosts. Bangladesh were 25-0 at the end of third day’s play.

The start of day 4 saw openers Liton Das and Imrul Kayes consolidate on their bright start to the fourth innings. They brought up a fifty run partnership for the first wicket. However their joy was short-lived. Sikander Raza provided Zimbabwe with the much needed breakthrough when he dismissed Liton Das for 23 and ended the 56 run stand. Mominul Haque couldn’t provide the desired support to Kayes at the other end. The left handed batsman was picked up by Kyle Jarvis for 9 runs as the hosts were reduced to 67-2.

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A lot now depended on their captain, Mahmudullah to steady the batting innings. He looked to be a defensive approach. But Raza was quite exceptional with the ball. He cleaned up Imrul Kayes for 43 to help Zimbabwe get the third wicket. It was more misery for Bangladesh. Raza got his third wicket of the innings and this time it was the Bangladeshi captain who had to perish. And when Brandon Mavuta was successful in removing Nazmul Hossain Shanto half of the batting side had gone back to the hut for just 111 runs.

Bangladesh’s best fourth innings batsman, Mushfiqur Rahim was on the crease along with Ariful Haque. Both the batsmen tried to carry the innings. But the match was almost sealed for the visitors when Mavuta dismissed Rahim. It was a matter of when, not if for the Zimbabweans. Bangladesh soon found themselves at 150-7 when Mavuta was bestowed with his third wicket of the innings.

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Debutant Wellington Masakadza got his maiden wicket in the test match cricket. He brought about the demise of Taijul Islam. Mavuta and Masakadza made short work of the tail as they closed the Bangladesh innings for 169 runs, thus winning the match by 151 runs and taking a 1-0 lead in the series.

This is the first test win for Zimbabwe in Bangladesh in more than five years and their third away win in test match cricket overall. It’s warning signings for Bangladesh. They now gone 8 test matches without winning out of which 4 have been played at their home. Their over reliance on Sakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal is clearly visible. The second test match takes place at Dhaka on 11th of this month.

Match Summary:

Zimbabwe: 282-10(117.3 o.)
Sean Williams: 88
Peter Moore: 63*
Taijul Islam: 39.3-7-108-6.

Bangladesh: 143-10(51.0 o.)
Ariful Haque: 41
Mushfiqur Rahim: 31
Tendai Chatara: 10-4-19-3.

Zimbabwe: 181-10(65.4 o.)
Hamilton Masakadza: 48
Sikander Raza: 25
Taijul Islam: 28.4-8-62-5.

Bangladesh: 169-10(63.1 o.)
Imrul Kayes: 43
Ariful Haque: 38
Brandon Mavuta: 10-2-21-4.

Man of The Match: Sean Williams.

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