Tuesday, August 16

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe in 1st Test


Man of the Match TAIJUL ISLAM
DAY 3 – BANGLADESH 254 & 101/7
ZIMBABWE 240 & 114
Gallery Desk: Despite the dreadful performance by Bangladesh top-order batsmen, the Tigers clinched their fifth Test victory in a match against Zimbabwe at Mirpur Sher-e Bangla National Stadium today.
Despite left-arm orthodox Taijul Islam’s devastating bowling performance of 8 wickets for only 39 runs, openers Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman and first down batsman Mominul Haque went back to the pavilion scoring ducks.

Amazing with the ball in the first innings, allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, returning from a ban imposed on him from the board, failed to shine with his bat on both innings scoring 5 and 15 runs consecutively.

During the second innings of Zimbabwe, Taijul bowled only 16.5 overs and spent only 39 runs to pick up 8 wickets at 2.31 economy rate, including Zimbabwean top-orders Vusi Sibanda, Regis Chakabva, Sikandar Raza, and Elton Chigumbura.

Seamer Shahadat Hossain bowled Hamilton Masakadza on 5 runs and Shakib sent John Nyumbu to pavilion on only 1 run.

The pitch continued to offer turn and unpredictable bounce for the spinners.

Earlier on the second day, self-inflicted wounds, including three run-outs, cost Bangladesh as they managed a narrow 14-run lead in their first innings with a score of 254.

Mominul, Mahmudullah and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim made half-centuries but could not carry on establishing a solid total at the end of the innings. Zimbabwean pacer Tinashe Panyangara finished with five wickets.

Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat. They managed to pile 240 runs in their first innings with Shakib claiming six wickets.



1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Shuvagata Hom, 8 Taijul Islam, 9 Jubair Hossain, 10 Shahadat Hossain, and 11 Al-Amin Hossain.


1 Sikandar Raza, 2 Vusi Sibanda, 3 Hamilton Masakadza, 4 Brendan Taylor (capt), 5 Craig Ervine, 6 Elton Chigumbura, 7 Regis Chakabva (wk), 8 Tendai Chatara, 9 Tafadzwa Kamungozi, 10 John Nyumbu, and, 11 Tinashe Panyangara.