Zimbabwe – 240 all out (Sikandar Raza Butt 51, Craig Ervine 34; Shakib Al Hasan 6-59) Bangladesh – 27 for 1 (Mominul Haque 14*; Tinashe Panyangara 1-20)
Bangladesh trail by 213 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.
Shakib Al Hasan took six wickets for 59 runs as Zimbabwe succumbed to 240 on the first day of the first Test against hosts Bangladesh, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday.
At stumps, Bangladesh were on 27 for one, with Mominul Haque on 14 and Shamsur Rahman on eight.
Earlier, after Zimbabwe had won the toss and chose to bat, Sikandar Raza Butt struck a patient 51 runs off 122 balls that critically proved to be the glue of Zimbabwe’s innings, steering them to a total that at best is perhaps below par, but still respectable given the significant bounce and turn on offer on the first day pitch.
Wickets fell at regular intervals which somewhat disrupted Zimbabwe’s momentum to amass a big total. Sibanda was the first to go in the first over, caught behind for another low score of six.
Masakadza came in at three and looked composed for his 13 runs, but would have been disappointed with the shot he played to be dismissed, mis-timing an attempted big shot to clear the boundary.
Captain Brendan Taylor and Raza then combined to add 52 runs for the third wicket to help Zimbabwe to settle before Bangladesh got back in the match with three quick wickets.
Again, a few of the batters got starts but failed to convert into an innings of substance. Elton Chigumbura made 29 while Taylor scored 28. Craig Ervine, on his return to the team after 15 months, put together a measured knock of 34. Regis Chakabva got to 25 before being undone by a rising Shakib delivery that found his glove to slip.
The Zimbabwe tail failed to offer much resistance as the older ball turned and bounced appreciably in the afternoon session. Shakib exploited these conditions and became the first Bangladesh player to take five wickets against all the Test playing nations.
Zimbabwe will be encouraged by the wicket they picked up late in the day, with Tamim Iqbal being wrestled to submission by a Tinashe Panyangara snorter that carried to Hamilton Masakadza in the slip cordon.
By all indications, the pitch will get harder to bat on as the match progresses, and the likes of John Nyumbu and debutant Tafadzwa Kamungozi will have a say regarding Bangladesh’s reply.
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will be aiming to gain vital rankings points in their Test series, which opens with the first match starting on the 25th of October, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
Bangladesh is aiming to reduce a 20-point deficit on Zimbabwe and know that a series victory can boost its standing. A 3-0 series win will see Bangladesh leapfrog its rivals and claim a 14-point advantage, while a 2-0 series win will result in a nine-point lead for the hosts. A 2-1 victory will give Mushfiqur Rahim’s side a two-point advantage.
On the other hand, a 3-0 win for Zimbabwe will open up a 35-point lead on Bangladesh, a 2-0 series result will increase Zimbabwe’s lead to 28 points, while a one-nil win will ensure a 23-points lead for Brendan Taylor’s men over the Asian side.
If the series ends in a 1-1 draw, Bangladesh will stay grounded. However, the deficit will be reduced from 20 to 10 points.
Taylor is the highest-ranked Zimbabwe batsman in joint-18th place, 17 points adrift of Australia’s Chris Rogers, while Bangladesh’s hopes will rest strongly on the reliable Shakib Al Hasan, who is in placed 32nd.
Shakib will also have a keen interest in improving his bowling ranking where he is number 19. Depending on performances elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates, he can move ahead of Australia’s Nathan Lyon. Right-arm fast medium bowler Tendai Chatara is the leading bowler in the African nation’s side in 43rd place.
Zimbabwe – 241 all out & 201 for 5 (Craig Ervine 85; Sikandar Raza Butt 45; Dewan Sabbir 2-17) Bangladesh Cricket Board XI – 297 all out (Shuvagata Hom 75*; Natsai M’shangwe 4-98, Tafadzwa Kamungozi 3-41) Match drawn.
The three-day practice match between the Bangladesh Board XI and Zimbabwe ended in a draw as was expected but it gave good batting and bowling practice for the visitors before their first Test match.
Zimbabwe woke up on the fourth morning requiring four wickets to end the BCB XI innings and they did the job within one session, eventually limiting the hosts to 297 runs.
Leg break bowler Natsai M’shangwe failed to add to his overnight tally of four wickets, but his fellow bowling attack picked up on where he left off with Tafadzwa Kamungozi grabbing two more to add to his one overnight, and seamer Shingirai Masakadza picking up two of the opposition tail-enders.
Shuvagata Hom was the top-scorer for BCB XI, finishing unbeaten on 75, but the spirited manner in which the Zimbabwe bowlers spiritedly combined to take 10 wickets in a day and a half was admirable. M’shangwe in particular impressed the most, giving his captain control and striking ability. Kamungozi also chipped in with three vital wickets to ensure the brains trust have plenty options to choose from in the spin department.
Zimbabwe’s batting, needing to put up a more polished performance at the second time of asking, showed glimpses of batters adapting to the conditions and applying themselves to bat the long innings, but the syndrome of getting out after a start still resonated. And this should concern the technical staff.
Sikandar Raza Butt and Vusimuzi Sibanda shared a 68-run opening stand, before Sibanda had his defences breached for the second time in the match for 22. Raza took the attack to the opposition scoring a rapid 45 off 74 balls, but again he found a way of getting out soon after surviving the difficult part of batting.
A mini-collapse then ensued with Brian Chari departing without scoring and Brendan Taylor getting out on four. Hamilton Masakadza scored a pretty 31, but failed to convert.
Up stepped Craig Ervine, needing to make a statement that warrants his inclusion in the touring party. His knock of 85 was a mixture of patience and aggression comprising of 11 fours and four sixes, and showed exactly why his services are handy in that middle order.
Doubtless, focus now shifts to the first Test match, with the dominant discourse predictably being which combinations to take to the field. The match is in Dhaka, beginning on Saturday.
Zimbabwe – 241 all out (Sikandar Raza Butt 44, Elton Chigumbura 39; Mehedi Hasan 2-22, Naeem Islam 2-53) Bangladesh Cricket Board XI- 252 for 6 (Shamsur Rahman 69, Shuvagata Hom 53*; Natsai M’shangwe 4-98)
Bangladesh Cricket Board XI lead by 11 runs with 4 wickets remaining in the 1st Innings.
Natsai M’shangwe picked up four wickets as Shuvagata Hom guided the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI to a first innings lead on day two of the three-day warm-up match in Fatullah.
M’shangwe bowled in tandem with Tafadzwa Kamungozi for long periods during the day but the BCB XI batsmen resisted diligently, with opener Shamsur Rahman getting to 69 runs off 159 balls and Rony Talukder ably assisting with a composed 46.
Kamungozi was the first to strike as he trapped Talukder leg-before-wicket, and from then on M’shangwe took over the responsibility of striking, getting rid of the hosts’ danger men in Rahman, Naeem Islam and Marshall Ayub.
M’shangwe bowled with rhythm and accuracy, a development that would please the selectors as they get close to knowing the final 11 they will entrust to serve in that first Test starting on Saturday.
Despite spending the whole day under the sun, Zimbabwe will be pleased with how they managed to find a way to take wickets in foreign conditions, and the prospect of their key batsmen spending valuable time at the crease and finding some form for most of tomorrow, in a match widely expected to end in a draw.