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Bangladesh break Zimbabwe jinx

The result sees the series end 1-1, after Zimbabwe won the first match by 335 runs

Update : 01 Sep 2023, 03:25 AM

Bangladesh completed a 143-run win over Zimbabwe in the second and last match of the Test series today at the Harare Sports Club. The result sees the series end 1-1, after Zimbabwe won the first match by 335 runs.

The win will bring the Tigers both satisfaction, and relief. Going into the series, Bangladesh were considered favourites to win, and following a crushing defeat in the first Test, faced strong criticism at home and abroad for a sloppy performance. Evident throughout the five days of this Test was that the players had steeled themselves to be more solid and the effort bore fruit. The win was Bangladesh's first since July 2009, third away from home and fourth overall. Their first victory also came against Zimbabwe in 2005, and they defeated West Indies 2-0 on a 2009 tour of the islands.

At the start of play, Bangladesh needed six wickets to finish the match, while Zimbabwe required an improbable 263 more runs. The Masakadza brothers batted solidly for over an hour before Shingi was trapped LBW by Mohammed Ashraful in the day’s 19th over. Shingi batted patiently and showed character in his 90 ball innings of 24. A couple of overs later, right arm spinner Sohag Gazi removed new man Elton Chigumbura for two, leaving Zimbabwe at 169-6. After lunch, Ziaur Rahman added two wickets to go with the two he had claimed the evening before. A spirited last wicket stand of 48 allowed Hamilton Masakadza to complete a well deserved century, before Shakib al Hasan claimed his third wicket to wrap up the series.

A reasonable crowd showed up to enjoy the finish, and were rewarded by Hamilton, who entertained, who finished 111 not out off 252 balls, as well as consistently tight bowling from the visitors.

The 29-year-old Masakadza was solid in defense and made sure not to give his wicket away. He reached his fifty early in the morning, and was disciplined against a dominant attack. The score marks Masakadza’s second Test hundred.

All the Bangladesh bowlers played their part in the win. The pacemen claimed a total of 10 wickets in the match – highlighted by Robiul’s five-for in the first innings and Ziaur’s four in the second – was particularly satisfying for a bowling line-up that often struggles outside the subcontinent.

The batting, prone to rashness as it often is, also proved effective. Shakib, skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain all scored two fifties in the match. Returning opener Tamim Iqbal started the match on a positive note with a brisk 49 on the first day, and was unlucky to be given out in the second innings.

Debutant all-rounder Ziaur Rahman failed with the bat, but his bowling in the second innings was crucial. The right-arm pace bowler tilted the match in his team’s favour late in the fourth day with the wicket of danger man Brendan Taylor, before knocking over Malcolm Waller with a brilliant ball. He finished the job with two tail end wickets on the last day.

Bangladesh’s captain Mushfiq was adjudged man-of- the- match for innings’ of 60 and 93, while paceman Robiul Islam picked up the man-of-the-series award for his 15 wickets.

Bangladesh will next lock horns with Zimbabwe in the three match ODI series, starting on May 3rd at Bulawayo. The pitch at Bulawayo is generally slower than the one at Harare, and is likely to favour the visiting side’s strengths.

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