Stand-in Zimbabwe skipper Craig Ervine was the top performer for his side with a hard-fought 107, while off-spinner Nayeem Hasan was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with four wickets
Day one of the lone Test match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ended in a stalemate in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, with the visitor posting 228 runs for the loss of six wickets at stumps Saturday.
Stand-in Zimbabwe skipper Craig Ervine was the top performer for his side with a hard-fought 107, while off-spinner Nayeem Hasan was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with four wickets.
Bangladesh made two changes to the playing XI from the previous Test against Pakistan, with Mushfiqur Rahim and Nayeem replacing Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain respectively.
In the morning, Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first.
Tigers’ pacemen Abu Jayed and Ebadat Hossain started impressively, hitting good lines and lengths in the first few overs.
The ball was carrying nicely to wicket-keeper Liton Kumar Das in the first hour, and Bangladesh got their breakthrough in the last ball of the eighth over when opener Kevin Kasuza nicked a Jayed delivery to Nayeem at gully.
Under pressure from the accuracy of the Bangladesh pace duo, Zimbabwe were struggling at 9/1 in the 10th over.
However, other opener Prince Masvaure and first-down batsman Ervine buckled down and ensured that the visitor reached the lunch break without losing any more wickets.
Zimbabwe had put 80 runs on the scoreboard when play was halted for lunch.
After the lunch interval, Nayeem gave Bangladesh an opening by picking up two wickets in quick succession.
Masvaure had scored 64 before he was caught and bowled by the off-spinner, and the experienced Brendan Taylor was sent back to the pavilion a few overs later after scoring 10 off 11 deliveries.
In an uncharacteristically bizarre dismissal, Taylor attempted a reverse sweep for the second ball in a row against Nayeem, but only managed to nick the ball onto his toe before it rolled into the stumps.
All-rounder Sikandar Raza became Nayeem’s third scalp of the day when he edged a straight delivery to Liton in the 71st over, after scoring 18.
However, Ervine continued to battle on and nearly managed to survive the day.
After scoring the third Test century of his career, a gritty 107 off 227 balls, he was clean bowled by an arm ball from Nayeem in the penultimate over of the day.
Nayeem finished the day with bowling figure of 4/68 in 36 overs, while Jayed picked up two wickets and conceded 51 runs in his 16 overs.
ONE-OFF TEST, DAY 1
ZIMBABWE FIRST 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 not out 9 25
Tiripano not out 0 4
Extras (b4 lb 4 w3) 11
Total (6 Wickets, 90 overs) 228
Fall Of Wickets
1- 7 (Kasuza), 2-118 (Masvaure), 3-134 (Taylor), 4-174 (Raza), 5-199 (Maruma), 6-226 (Ervine)
Ebadat 17-8-26-0 , Jayed 16-4-51-2, Nayeem 36-8-68-4, Taijul 21-1-75-0