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Tue, Feb 25, 2020 3:03

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by innings and 106 runs

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Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 106 runs, only the second innings victory by the Tigers in Test cricket, at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur on Tuesday.

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 106 runs, only the second innings victory by the Tigers in Test cricket, at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur on Tuesday.

Young off-spinner Nayeem Hasan took five wickets as Bangladesh registred a victory by an innings and 106 runs against Zimbabwe in the lone Test.

The 19-year-old finished with figures of five for 82 while Taijul Islam took four wickets as Zimbabwe folded for 189 runs in their second essay.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for 265 runs in the first innings while Bangladesh set a massive total of 560 for six in their first innings.

This is only the second victory by an innings margin for Bangladesh in their 119-Test history, with the previous innings-victory coming against West Indies in November, 2018 in Mirpur.

That incidentally was the last time Bangladesh won a Test match, and had been on a losing streak since. They had played six matches in between, losing five of those by innings margin. Now was their time to dish out the dose on their 'good old buddies' Zimbabwe.

With the second Test of the three-legged Pakistan Tour coming up in April, this victory should give Mominul Haque and Co. confidence after having lost the first Test and the three T20s in Pakistan badly.

The captain got a hundred while Nayeem got nine wickets, and despite not bowling all that well, Taijul finished with six wickets in the match.

There were some healthy contributions with the bat too, including Mushfiqur Rahim's double ton. It all bodes well for Bangladesh for the moment, but whether they can withstand the quality of Pakistan's bowling and batting come April is another matter altogether.

Bangladesh were one wicket away from an innings victory as Nayeem Hasan removed Timycen Maruma and Ainsley Ndlovu in quick succession.

Taijul Islam has not bowled the best of spells, but he has prized out three wickets this morning, the latest a brilliant catch by Tamim Iqbal at mid-on to get rid of Regis Chakabva for 18 as Zimbabwe lose their seventh for 165 an hour before Tea.

Six Down! Sikandar Raza fell for 37, hitting a rank long-hop from Taijul Islam to Mushfiqur Rahim, as Zimbabwe lost their sixth wicket for 121 runs, still 174 runs to get to avoid innings defeat with only four wickets in hand.

Skipper Craig Ervine was run out for 43 by his opposite number Mominul Haque as Zimbabwe went for lunch on Day 4 at 114 for five, still trailing Bangladesh's score by 181 runs.

There was a promising 60-run fifth-wicket partnership between Ervine and Sikandar Raza, but Mominul's excellent fielding meant the Zimbawe's first-innings centurion was back in the hut before lunch, leaving his side with a mountain to climb. Raza was batting on 33 and with him was Timycen Maruma. Five sessions remaining in the Test, but dark clouds hang over Mirpur with forecast of afternoon shower. Rain seems to be the only thing that could take this Test and Zimbabwe to a fifth day.

Earlier, Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan struck two early blows in the morning, with Taijul removing overnight batsman Kevin Kasuza for 10 and Nayeem dismissing Brendan Taylor for 17.

 

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