Dominant Bangladesh outclass Zimbabwe

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This is only the second occasion Bangladesh won by an innings in their 20-year journey in Tests

Bangladesh recorded their first Test match win after six straight losses when they outclassed Zimbabwe by an innings and 106 runs during day four of their lone Test at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Tuesday.

This is only the second occasion Bangladesh won by an innings in their 20-year journey in Tests.

Zimbabwe, resuming the penultimate day’s play on 9/2 in five overs, were eventually all out for 189 in 57.3 overs, just before the tea session.

Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam did the most damage throughout the Test, accounting for 15 of the 20 Zimbabwe wickets to fall, and were their usual devastating self in the second innings, sharing nine scalps between themselves.

Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant unbeaten double hundred Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Nayeem bagged 5/82 in 24 overs, his second Test five-wicket haul, to go with his four-for in the first essay, while Taijul notched 4/78 in 24.3 overs.

The other Zimbabwe second-innings wicket to fall was that of captain Craig Ervine (43), who was caught short of the crease by his Bangladeshi counterpart, Mominul Haque.

Earlier on day four, Zimbabwe lost the wicket of opener Kevin Kasuza (10) within the first half hour.

Just six overs later, the experienced Brendan Taylor (17) also got out cheaply, piling more pressure on Zimbabwe. 

Mominul Haque and BCB president Nazmul Hasan with the Test match trophy Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Ervine and all-rounder Sikandar Raza (37) then added 60 for the fifth wicket to form some sort of resistance but a brilliant throw from Mominul ended that too.

Ervine’s quickfire innings ended after lunch and his wicket was crucial for the Tigers as he had scored a fine hundred in the first innings.

Raza and lower-order batter Timycen Maruma (41) then played some late cameos but it was barely enough to make Bangladesh bat again.

In the end, Nayeem registered his career best bowling figure of 9/152 but it was former captain Mushfiqur Rahim who was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant unbeaten double century in the first innings.

“We badly needed a win as a team. We haven’t played as a team in the last five-six Tests. The bowlers set it up by dismissing them for 260 (265) and Mominul batted really well. It was our plan to convert a start into a big score. We played well in all three departments and that should give us confidence going into the next Test (against Pakistan away next month),” said Mushfiq during the presentation ceremony.

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ZIMBABWE 1ST INNINGS    R    B

Masvaure c & b Nayeem     64    152

Kasuza c Nayeem b Jayed    2    24

Ervine b Nayeem         107    227

Taylor b Nayeem         10    11

Raza c Liton b Nayeem         18    62

Maruma lbw b Jayed        7    35

Chakabva c Nayeem b Taijul    30    74

Tiripano c Liton b Jayed        8    31

Ndlovu lbw b Jayed        0    6

Tshuma lbw b Jayed        0    4

Nyauchi not out            6    13

Extras (b4 lb 4 w5)        13

Total (106.3 overs)        265 all out

Fall Of Wickets

1- 7 (Kasuza), 2-118 (Masvaure), 3-134 (Taylor), 4-174 (Raza), 5-199 (Maruma), 6-226 (Ervine) 7-240 (Tiripano), 8-244 (Ndlovu), 9-245 (Tshuma), 10-265 (Chakabva)

Bowling

Ebadat 17-8-26-0 (w2), Jayed 24-6-71-4 (w3), Nayeem 38-9-70-4, Taijul 27.3-1-90-2

BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS    R    B

Tamim c Chakabva b Tiripano    41    89

Saif c Chakabva b Nyauchi    8    12

Nazmul c Chakabva b Tshuma    71    139

Mominul c & b Ndlovu        132    234

Mushfiq not out        203    318

Mithun c Chakabva b Ndlovu    17    23

Liton c Chakabva b Raza        53    95

Taijul not out            14    19

Extras (b8, lb3, nb5, w5)        21

Total (154 overs)        560/6D

Fall Of Wickets

1-18 (Saif), 2-96 (Tamim), 3-172 (Nazmul), 4-394 (Mominul), 5-421 (Mithun), 6-532 (Liton) 

Bowling

Tiripano 30-6-96-1 (nb2, w4), Nyauchi 27-3-87-1 (w1, nb2), Raza 30-2-111-1 (nb1), Tshuma 25-2-85-1, Ndlovu 42-4-170-2

ZIMBABWE 2ND INNINGS    R    B 

Masvaure b Nayeem        0    2

Kasuza c Mithun b Taijul    10    34

Tiripano c Liton b Nayeem     0    1

Taylor c Taijul b Nayeem    17    47

Ervine run out (Mominul)    43    49

Raza c Mushfiq b Taijul        37    71

Maruma c Tamim b Nayeem    41    52

Chakabva c Tamim b Taijul    18    40

Ndlovu lbw b Nayeem        4    2

Tshuma lbw b Taijul        3    26

Nyauchi not out            7    21

Extras (b 9)            9 

Total (57.3 Overs)        189 all out

Fall Of Wickets

1-0 (Masvaure), 2-0 (Tiripano), 3-15 (Kasuza), 4-44 (Taylor), 5-104 (Ervine), 6-121 (Raza), 7-165 (Chakabva), 8-170 (Ndlovu), 9-181 (Maruma), 10-189 (Tshuma)

Bowling

Nayeem 24-6-82-5, Taijul 24.3-7-78-4, Jayed 4-3-4-0, Ebadat 5-1-16-0

Bangladesh won by an innings and 106 runs

MoM: Mushfiqur Rahim