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.
Zimbabwe – 241 all out (Sikandar Raza Butt 44, Elton Chigumbura 39; Mehedi Hasan 2-22, Naeem Islam 2-53) Bangladesh Cricket Board XI – 11 for 1 (Shamsur Rahman 4*, Rony Talukder 7*; Elton Chigumbura 1-4)
Zimbabwe were restricted to 241 by a spirited Bangladesh Cricket Board XI on the first day of their only warm-up game in Fatullah, ahead of the first Test match against Bangladesh on Saturday.
Opting to bat first at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Zimbabwe struggled for momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals. A few of the batters got starts but got out, and ironically it was swing rather than spin that did most of the damage in conditions widely expected to offer turn.
The selectors had a chance to assess the opening pair of Vusimuzi Sibanda and uncapped Matabeleland batsman Brian Chari, and the combination lasted only three overs as Sibanda was bowled for eight.
Sikandar Raza Butt came in at three and partnered Chari to a 63-run second-wicket partnership. Chari looked good for his 17 off 85 balls, exhibiting the requisite skill to occupy the crease while Raza scored freely for his 44 without the burden of facing the new ball.
Both departed within deliveries of each other.
Hamilton Masakadza scored 24, Brendan Taylor managed 19 and Elton Chigumbura got to 39 on a day that saw the Bangladesh Board XI using 11 bowlers. Seamer Mehedi Hasan was the pick of their bowlers, claiming two wickets for 22 runs. Offspinner Naeem Islam also bagged two, but for 53 runs. The Zimbabwe seamers would have been encouraged by the sight of Chigumbura bowling again, and he even picked up the wicket of Shadman Islam before stumps, to leave the hosts on 11 for one.
Depending on how well they bowl, Zimbabwe will be on the field for most of the day tomorrow, as players look to impress to make the cut for the Test series opener.