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Taijul six-for marred by Bangladesh batting debacle

  • Published at 12:33 pm November 4th, 2018
Bangladesh's Imrul Kayes walks back to the pavilion as Zimbabwe players celebrate during day two of their first Test in Sylhet Sunday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The horrors from Bangladesh’s last Test series, against the West Indies earlier this year, reemerged in Sylhet as they were all out for just 143 runs before seeing Zimbabwe take a 140-run lead with 10 wickets in hand

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam’s six-wicket haul was marred by a disastrous batting effort by Bangladesh on day two of the first Test match against Zimbabwe at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Sunday.

The horrors from Bangladesh’s last Test series, against the West Indies earlier this year, reemerged in Sylhet as they were all out for just 143 runs before seeing Zimbabwe take a 140-run lead with 10 wickets in hand.

Earlier, Zimbabwe resumed on their overnight score of 236 for the loss of five wickets in 91 overs. The tourist however, could add only 46 before losing their remaining wickets in 26.3 overs in the morning session, with Taijul making the most damage for Bangladesh. 

With Taijul’s efforts, Bangladesh had a good start to the day as they dismissed Zimbabwe for 282 in 117.3 overs.

Zimbabwe lost their first two wickets on the day, those of batsman Regis Chakabva and all-rounder Wellington Masakadza, to Taijul.

Middle-order batsman Peter Moor remained unbeaten on 63 off 192 balls, aided by six boundaries, but wickets kept tumbling on the other end.

Youngster Nazmul Hossain Shanto took Chakabva’s catch at short leg while Wellington’s knick fell kindly at the hands of wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim. 

Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam Apu bagged his second Test wicket when he removed lower-order batsman Brandon Muvata before Taijul cleaned up the tail. 

The 26-year old spinner dismissed Nos 10 and 11 batters Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara off successive deliveries to drive the final nail in the Zimbabwe innings.

Taijul will be on the verge of a hat-trick when the opposition go to bat in the second innings. With the efforts, Taijul registered his fourth five-wicket haul in the format, and matched his second best bowling haul. The last time Taijul bagged six was in the Khulna Test against Pakistan in 2015.

The heroics by the Bangladesh bowler however, went in vain in horrific fashion. Bangladesh batsman were expected to show character of being the superior side. 

The Tigers had come to the Test series on the back of a 3-0 win in the ODI series, thanks to some brilliant batting. But the recent memories were marred as Bangladesh were dismissed for just 143 with around 10 overs left in the day’s play. 

It was Bangladesh's seventh successive sub-200 total in Tests this year. Astonishingly, five of the 10 Bangladesh wickets had come from edges in and around the wicket-keeper.  

The opening stand of Liton Das and Imrul Kayes added only eight runs to the total, surviving 3.5 overs, and before any recovery could take place, the score turned to 49/5 in less than 19 overs. Bangladesh’s debacle was initiated following the departure of Imrul. Jarvis then removed Liton, which was followed by Chatara accounting for his second wicket in the innings when he removed Shanto.

Mushfiq and No 3 batsman Mominul Haque had the daunting task of reviving the innings but the small partnership of 30 for the fifth wicket could only take them beyond the follow-on mark. Mominul was dismissed by spinner Sikandar Raza and right in the first over after tea, Mushfiq departed after poking at the ball. 

Youngster Mehedi Hasan Miraz top-edged as his 30-run partnership with debutant Ariful Haque came to an end. 

Ariful held to his nerve in his first Test innings but was sadly denied a maiden international fifty as No 11 batsman Abu Jayed was caught short of the crease to put an end to Bangladesh's misery.


Zimbabwe 282 in 117.3 overs (Williams 88, Taijul 6/108) & 1/0 in two overs (Masakadza 1*, Chari 0*) lead Bangladesh 143 in 51 overs (Ariful 41, Chatara 3/19) by 140 runs

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