It’s high time for the Bangladesh batsmen to come to their senses, test themselves and their honesty regarding the longest format
Catastrophic batting saw Bangladesh suffer a defeat within three and a half days of the first Test match against lower ranked Zimbabwe at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Tuesday.
Bangladesh needed to score 295 runs with 10 wickets in hand in the last two days of the game. But the batsmen shamelessly gifted away their wickets to the opposition, and crumbled with only 169 on the board in 63.1 overs.
With the 151-run win, Zimbabwe secured their first away Test victory in 17 years, and third overall win away from home.
While for Bangladesh, the story was yet another demonstration of their interest of playing in the format, as they were skittled out below 200 for the eighth consecutive innings.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam’s 11 wickets in the match was perhaps the only positive for Bangladesh as Zimbabwe won most of the sessions by fighting the odds, and with a patient batting and bowling approach.
It’s high time for the Bangladesh batsmen to come to their senses, test themselves and their honesty regarding the longest format.
While the task for the BCB will be to now talk less and do more, and take some time out from basking in the glory of the shorter formats’ successes.
Every time Bangladesh put in a disastrous performance in Tests, the board immediately expresses concerns and hatch plans for bettering the longer version; but almost everything remains half done with minimal output.
Bangladesh chasing the 321-run target had walked into the middle looking strong and with quiet confidence of making history. History did get written but Bangladesh were on the receiving end as the batting fell apart like dominoes.
Expectations of winning were intact for the home side as the opening pair of Liton Das and Imrul Kayes were at work, posting Bangladesh’s first half-century stand in the format since January.
The duo with three lives added 56 before spinner Sikandar Raza trapped Liton in front for 23.
Around four overs later, seamer Kyle Jarvis removed a struggling Mominul Haque for nine, inducing an inside edge that dismantled the wickets.
Imrul gave away on 43, trying to sweep Raza only to get bowled instead, and leave Bangladesh reeling on 83 for three.
Alarm bells in the Bangladesh dressing room perhaps rang with the dismissal of interim captain Mahmudullah as the side added just 19 to the total, and then lost youngster Nazmul Hossain Shanto just on the stroke of lunch.
When the game resumed, a lot depended on wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who came out to bat at No 6. But yet again questionable shot selection from the best batsman in the side saw Mushfiq gift his wicket away to Zimbabwe, and start the end of Bangladesh’s innings.
Yes, we did it! Securing a thrilling 151-run victory over @BCBtigers in the first Test against in Sylhet is no mean feat! Congratulations to @ZimCricketv! And thank you to all who have been rallying behind us, through thick and thin -- this is for you! #BANvZIM 🇿🇼🏏 pic.twitter.com/1FbAQcOSkz— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) November 6, 2018
With Mushfiq’s departure, Bangladesh lost their last five wickets in less than nine overs and added 37 to the total. Mushfiq swept leg-spinner Brandon Mavuta down the throat of deep square-leg fielder Wellington Masakadza, who grabbed a forward diving catch.
Bangladesh were struggling on 132 for six and debutant Ariful Haque was the last recognised batsman in front of a gigantic task.
Soon lower-order batsmen Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam perished within a gap of six balls.
Ariful intended to add some quick runs on the board, and not give strike to No 10 batsman Nazmul Islam Apu. But with all hope lost, Ariful’s intention did not take him anywhere as he fell for a 37-ball 38, sparking the Zimbabweans into celebration.
Raza picked up three wickets in the innings to finish with six in the game, while Mavuta bagged four in the innings.
17 – Years since Zimbabwe’s last away Test win
12 – Number of Test wins for Zimbabwe
5 – Years since Zimbabwe’s last Test win
ZIMBABWE 1ST INNINGS R B
Masakadza lbw b Jayed 52 105
Chari b Taijul 13 31
Taylor c Shanto b Taijul 6 15
Williams c Miraz b Mahmudullah 88 173
Raza b Nazmul 19 52
Moor not out 63 192
Chakabva c Shanto b Taijul 28 85
Wellington c Mushfiq b Taijul 4 28
Mavuta lbw b Nazmul 3 14
Jarvis c Miraz b Taijul 4 9
Chatara c Liton b Taijul 0 1
Extras (b 1, lb 1) 2
Total (117.3 Overs) 282 all out
Fall Of Wickets
1-35 (Chari), 2-47 (Taylor), 3-85 (Masakadza), 4-129 (Raza), 5-201 (Williams), 6-261 (Chakabva), 7-268 (Wellington), 8-273 (Mavuta), 9-282 (Jarvis), 10-282 (Chatara)
Jayed 21-3-68-1, Taijul 39.3-7-108-6, Ariful 4-1-7-0, Miraz 27-8-45-0, Nazmul 23-6-49-2, Mahmudullah 3-0-3-1
BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS R B
Liton c Chakabva b Jarvis 9 25
Imrul b Chatara 5 13
Mominul c Masakadza b Raza 11 38
Shanto c Chakabva b Chatara 5 5
Mahmudullah b Chatara 0 2
Mushfiq c Chakabva b Jarvis 31 54
Ariful not out 41 96
Miraz c & b Williams 21 33
Taijul c Chakabva b Raza 8 24
Nazmul c Chari b Raza 4 15
Jayed run out (Chatara) 0 1
Extras (b 7, lb 1) 8
Total (51 Overs) 143 all out
Fall Of Wickets
1-8 (Imrul), 2-14 (Liton), 3-19 (Shanto), 4-19 (Mahmudullah), 5-49 (Mominul), 6-78 (Mushfiq), 7-108 (Miraz), 8-131 (Taijul), 9-143 (Nazmul), 10-143 (Jayed)
Jarvis 11-2-28-2, Chatara 10-4-19-3, Mavuta 6-0-27-0, Raza 12-2-35-3, Wellington 8-2-21-0, Williams 4-0-5-1
ZIMBABWE 2ND INNINGS R B
Masakadza lbw b Miraz 48 104
Chari b Miraz 4 33
Taylor c Imrul b Taijul 24 25
Williams b Taijul 20 65
Raza b Taijul Islam 25 30
Moor c Liton b Taijul 0 1
Chakabva c Mahmudullah b Nazmul 20 65
Wellington lbw b Miraz 17 60
Mavuta c Ariful b Nazmul 6 4
Jarvis not out 1 3
Chatara lbw b Taijul 8 4
Extras (b 4, lb 4) 8
Total (65.4 Overs) 181 all out
Fall Of Wickets
1-19 (Chari), 2-47 (Taylor), 3-101 (Masakadza), 4-121 (Williams), 5-121 (Moor), 6-130 (Raza), 7-165 (Wellington), 8-172 (Chakabva), 9-173 (Mavuta), 10-181 (Chatara)
Taijul 28.4-8-62-5, Nazmul 6-1-27-2, Jayed 7-1-25-0, Miraz 19-7-48-3, Mahmudullah 4-1-7-0, Mominul 1-0-4-0
BANGLADESH 2ND INNINGS OVERNIGHT 26/0 IN 10.1 OVERS R B
Liton lbw b Raza 23 75
Imrul b Raza 43 103
Mominul b Jarvis 9 13
Mahmudullah c sub (Ervine) b Raza 16 45
Shanto c Raza b Mavuta 13 32
Mushfiq c Wellington b Mavuta 13 44
Ariful c Chakabva b Wellington 38 37
Miraz c Chakabva b Mavuta 7 15
Taijul c Taylor b Wellington 0 3
Nazmul lbw b Mavuta 0 1
Jayed not out 0 11
Extras (b 5, lb 2) 7
Total (63.1 Overs) 169 all out
Fall Of Wickets
1-56 (Liton), 2-67 (Mominul), 3-83 (Imrul), 4-102 (Mahmudullah), 5-111 (Shanto), 6-132 (Mushfiq), 7-150 (Miraz), 8-151 (Taijul), 9-155 (Nazmul), 10-169 (Ariful)
Jarvis 14-5-29-1, Chatara 9-2-25-0, Raza 17-1-41-3, Williams 8-2-13-0, Mavuta 10-2-21-4, Wellington 5.1-0-33-2
Zimbabwe won by 151 runs
MoM: Sean Williams