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Masakadza content with performance

  • Published at 09:00 pm November 15th, 2018
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Bangladesh's Mahmudullah and Hamilton Masakadza pose with the Test series trophy in Mirpur Thursday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Despite the inspiration taken, Zimbabwe will not have any immediate international engagement as they failed to qualify for the World Cup that will take place in the middle of next year

Zimbabwe had come as the underdog in their month-long tour of Bangladesh, and the visitor were outperformed in the three-match ODI series by the host nation, according to expectations. 

But the African nation however, produced a jaw-dropping performance in the two-match Test series to finish with a draw that made their skipper Hamilton Masakadza happy. 

Zimbabwe won the first match but Bangladesh won the second and final game of the series at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka to end it all square at 1-1.

Zimbabwe had entered the game with a 1-0 lead after demolishing Bangladesh in the first Test in Sylhet. 

In that game, both the Zimbabwe batters and bowlers performed over-par to seal a historic 151-run victory within three and a half days. 

Masakadza must have thought that they had a great chance of sealing the series against all odds, but he was happy to take home the shared title of the Test series, and content with the performance that his underrated side showcased throughout the series. 

“I think the biggest thing for us is, the way the guys played in both Tests, just showed us what we can do as a team. It will give us a lot of confidence going forward. Having been in battles like this really hardens you, and you come out the better for it on the other side,” said Masakadza after the match Thursday.

“That’s the biggest lesson and the biggest positive for us that we came and showed what we can do in foreign conditions - conditions that have been really hard for pretty much everyone around the world. We came and really competed and took the game to Bangladesh. So that’s really positive and big for us,” the opening batsman added.

Zimbabwe in the Dhaka Test had grappled a strong-looking Bangladesh in the second innings. 

The Tigers had posted 522/7 declared and despite having the opportunity to impose the follow-on on Zimbabwe had come out to bat for the second time. 

Zimbabwe bowlers made use of the opportunity and cornered Bangladesh with four early wickets. 

But Bangladesh riding on captain Mahmudullah’s unbeaten 101 and Mohammad Mithun’s 67 made a comeback and set 443 runs for Zimbabwe to chase in four sessions. 

“Obviously you never know what can happen with cricket. If we had managed to build on those four wickets, we might have managed to keep them down to something sort of 320 to 350 which we would definitely have fancied our chances of getting. That wicket didn’t really deteriorate or misbehave as much as we expected it to, or as much as it normally does. If we’d managed to get a few more after they were four down, we could have had them under pressure,” said the visiting skipper.

However, despite the inspiration taken, Zimbabwe will not have any immediate international engagement as they failed to qualify for the World Cup that will take place in the middle of next year.

2ND TEST

BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS    R    B

Liton c Mavuta b Jarvis        9    35

Imrul c Chakabva b Jarvis    0    16

Mominul c Chari b Chatara    161    247

Mithun c Taylor b Jarvis        0    4 

Mushfiq not out                            219    421

Taijul c Chakabva b Jarvis    4    10

Mahmudullah c Chakabva b Jarvis                    36    110

Ariful c Chari b Jarvis                            4    18

Miraz not out                                68    102

Extras (b 9, lb 8, nb 3, w 1)                        21 

Total (160 Overs)                            522/7d 

Fall Of Wickets

1-13 (Imrul), 2-16 (Liton), 3-26 (Mithun), 4-292 (Mominul), 5-299 (Taijul), 6-372 (Mahmudullah), 7-378 (Ariful)

Bowling

Jarvis 28-6-71-5, Chatara 22.2-12-34-1, Tiripano 24.4-6-65-1, Raza 22-1-111-0, Williams 30-4-80-0, Mavuta 31-1-137-0, Masakadza 2-0-7-0

ZIMBABWE 1ST INNINGS    R    B

Masakadza  c Miraz b Taijul     14    44

Tiripano c Miraz b Taijul             8    46

Taylor c Taijul b Miraz                110    194

Williams b Taijul                 11    28

Raza b Taijul                    0    12

Moor lbw b Ariful                 83    114

Chakabva c Mominul b Taijul             10    42

Mavuta c Ariful b Miraz            0    2

Jarvis not out                    9    23

Chatara absent hurt                -    -

Extras (b 5, lb 1)                6 

Total (105.3 Overs)                304 

Fall Of Wickets

2-40 (Tiripano), 3-96 (Chari), 4-129 (Williams), 5-131 (Raza), 6-270 (Moor), 7-290 (Taylor), 8-290 (Mavuta), 9-304 (Chakabva)

Bowling

Mustafizur 21-8-58-0, Khaled 18-7-48-0, Taijul 40.3-10-107-5, Miraz 20-3-61-3, Mahmudullah 2-0-14-0, Ariful 4-2-10-1

BANGLADESH 2ND INNINGS            R    B

Liton b Jarvis                                       6    14

Imrul c Mavuta b Jarvis                         3    12

Mominul c Chakabva b Tiripano                       1    5

Mithun c Chakabva b Raza                        67    110

Mushfiq c Mavuta b Tiripano                       7    19

Mahmudullah not out                           101    122

Ariful b Williams                                   5    8

Miraz not out                                         27    34

Extras (b5, lb1, w1)                                  7

Total (54 overs)                      224/6d

Fall Of Wickets

1-10 (Imrul), 2-10 (Liton), 3-10 (Mominul), 4-25 ( Liton), 5-143 ( Mithun), 6-151 (Ariful)

Bowling

Jarvis 11-2-27-2, Tiripano 11-1-31-2, Williams 16-2-69-1 (w1), Raza 7-0-39-1, Mavuta 9-0-52-0

ZIMBABWE 2ND INNINGS    R    B

Masakadza c Mominul b Miraz    25    68

Chari lbw b Taijul        43    82

Taylor not out                            106    167

Williams b Mustafizur                     13    33

Raza c & b Taijul                         12    33

Moor c Imrul b Miraz                        13    79

Chakabva run out (Mominul/Mushfiq)            2    8

Tiripano c Liton b Miraz                    0    9

Mavuta c Taijul b Miraz                    0    11

Jarvis c Khaled b Miraz                    1    9

Chatara absent hurt                        -    -

Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 5)                        9 

Total                                224 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-68 (Masakadza), 2-70 (Chari), 3-99 (Williams), 4-120 (Raza), 5-186 (Moor), 6-199 (Chakabva), 7-201 (Tiripano), 8-213 (Mavuta), 9-224 (KM Jarvis, 83.1 ov)

Bowling

Mustafizur 10-2-19-1, Taijul 37-5-93-2, Khaled 12-4-45-0, Miraz 18.1-5-38-5, Ariful 3-1-7-0, Mahmudullah 1-0-1-0, Mominul 2-0-17-0

Bangladesh won by 218 runs, level series 1-1

MoM: Mushfiqur Rahim

MoS: Taijul Islam