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.
The Zimbabwe women`s cricket national squad will go into camp on Tuesday (the 21st of October, 2014) to start training for a tour to South Africa.
The tour is in Cape Town from the 27th of October to the 6th of November, with the Zimbabwe side playing matches against the Western Province women`s team, as part of their preparation for the International Cricket Council Women`s Cricket Regional Qualifiers.
Uganda will host the regional qualifiers from the 14th to the 16th of December.
Please note that 1. Brian Chari; 2. Shingirai Masakadza; and 3. Wellington Masakadza will return after the three Test matches and be replaced for the five One-Day International matches by three players from the following lot: Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Solomon Mire, Peter Moore, Tawanda Mupariwa and Brian Vitori.
Officials Head Coach: Stephen Mangongo Assistant Coach: Douglas Hondo Team Manager: Mufaro Chiturumani Match Analyst: Stanley Chioza Fitness Trainer: Walter Karimanzira Physiotherapist: Anesu Mupotaringa Convener of Selectors: Givemore Makoni
Match Schedule Three-day game in Fatullah, 20 to 22 October First Test match in Dhaka, 25 to 29 October Second Test match in Khulna, 3 to 7 November Third Test match in Chittagong, 12 to 16 November One-day practice match in Chittagong, 19 November First ODI in Chittagong, 21 November Second ODI in Chittagong, 23 November Third ODI in Mirpur, 26 November Fourth ODI in Mirpur, 28 November, and Fifth ODI in Mirpur, 01 December 2014.