Publish: 11 Jul 2021, 06:59 pm
The Tigers beat Zimbabwe by 220 runs in the only Test in
Harare. Chasing 477, Mehdi Miraj and Taskin Ahmed bowled the hosts to 256 in
the second innings.
Regular opener Tamim Iqbal could not play in this eventful Test due to injury. After 16 months, Mahmudullah Riyad rushed to give a place in the XI. Bangladesh has won one Test after leaving so many incidents behind.
Bangladesh decided to bat after winning the toss in the only Test of the tour in Harare. The visitors were under a lot of pressure on the first day. After the departure of three top-order within 68 runs of the team, Bangladesh turned around in Mominul Haque's 70-run innings. Then Liton Das's 95-run innings showed the way to a big collection. After Liton's out, Mahmudullah-Taskin's pair of 191 runs, Mahmudullah played an innings of 150 runs. Taskin also picked up the first half-century of his career (75). In all, Bangladesh scored 468 runs in the first innings. Blessing Muzarabani took 4 wickets for Zimbabwe, Donald Tiripano and Victor Nyauchi took 2 wickets, and Richard Ngarava and Milton Shumba took 1 wicket each.
Two openers got off to a great start by batting in reply to Bangladesh's first innings. Milton Shumba returned with 41 runs but Takudzwanashe Kaitano hit a half-century in his debut. When Taylor returned with 61 runs, Kaitano fought with the rest. Kaitano finally returned to the dressing room with 87 runs. Regis Chakabva scored 31 runs on the last day. Overall, Zimbabwe were all-out for 276 runs, trailing by 192 runs. Miraj took 5 wickets, Shakib took 4 wickets and Taskin took 1 wicket for Bangladesh.
Two Tiger openers Saif Hasan and Sadman Islam batted in the second innings to lead Bangladesh by 192 runs. When Saif was dismissed for 43, Sadman and Nazmul Hossain Shant added 196 runs for the second wicket. Both picked up centuries. Sadman remained unbeaten on 115 and Shant on 117. Bangladesh got a lead of 477 runs.
The hosts lost three top-order batsmen on the fourth day as they batted to overtake Bangladesh's mountainous lead. However, Taylor stood alone in the rubble and continued to fight. Although the rest could not give him a worthy song. Taylor returned to the dressing room with 92 runs.
After Taylor's departure, Donald Tiripano continued to fight alone. He spent 144 balls to play an innings of 52 runs. In the end, Blessing Mujarabani's 30 runs only reduced the run-gap.
In the second innings, Taskin and Miraj took 4 wickets each to destroy Zimbabwe. Besides, Shakib and Ebadat Hossain took one each.