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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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