Bangladesh have managed to level their two-match test series 1-1 after winning the second and last test against Zimbabwe by 218 runs at the Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka. A double hundred from Mushfiqur Rahim in the first innings while and a 5fer from Taijul Islam in the bowling innings had helped the hosts to take a lead of 214 runs in the first innings. A hundred from captain Mahmudullah had set a target of 433 runs for Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe started Day 5 with the score of 22-0. Openers Hamilton Masakadza and Brian Chari were cautious at the start of their innings and started to build a partnership. But the 68 run stand was finally broken by Mehidy Hasan when he picked up Masakadza for 25 runs. One brought two for the hosts. In-form Taijul Islam quickly dismissed Chari and the visitors were two down for 70.
Sean Williams and Brendan Taylor were now tasked to save the match for the Zimbabweans. But Mustafizur Rahman struck gold when he cleaned up Williams. Zimbabwe were pushed into further trouble when Taijul sent Sikander Raza back to the pavilion. Taylor didn’t lose his concentration despite losing partners at the other end and he was supported by Peter Moore as they looked to take the match away from Bangladesh’s hands. But Moore’s resilient innings finally came to an end. Mehidy Hasan picked up his second wicket of the innings as the Zimbabwean scorecard read 186-5.
It looked like the visitors were in self-destruction mode when Regis Chakabva was run out as they lost their sixth wicket. Taylor was finding it difficult to keep the batting ticking. Donald Tiripano was the next to perish. And just like Tiripano, Brandon Mavuta was too dismissed without troubling the scorers. Brendan Taylor completed hos second century in the test match. But his twin century went in vain when Hasan dismissed Kyle Jarvis. Tendai Chatara was unable to come to bat because of an injury he had suffered while bowling in the first innings. The visitors were bundled out for 224 runs, thus losing the match by 218 runs.
Bangladesh made a resounding comeback after being humbled in the first test. An all-round performance saw them level the series. Erstwhile, Zimbabwe, after a thumping loss in the ODI series, showed great character to put a tough show in the test matches.
Bangladesh 1st Innings: 522-7 dec(160 o.)
Mushfiqur Rahim: 219
Mominul Haque: 161
Kyle Jarvis: 28-6-71-5
Zimbabwe 1st Innings: 304-10(105.3 o.)
Brendan Taylor: 110
Peter Moore: 83
Taijul Islam: 40.3-10-107-5
Bangladesh 2nd Innings: 224-6 dec(54 o.)
Mohammad Mithun: 67
Kyle Jarvis: 11-2-27-2
Zimbabwe 2nd Innings: 224-10(83.1 o.)
Brendan Taylor: 106
Brian Chari: 43
Mehidy Hasan: 18.1-5-38-5
Man of The Match: Mushfiqur Rahim
Man of The Series: Taijul Islam