Bangladesh in Zimbabwe, Only Test, 2021 |One-off Test |7/7/2021 Harare Sports Club, Harare
Right then. Now, it is time for the celebrations. The captain Mominul Haque waits for his team to gather around him. They pose for the cameras, as they lift the trophy. A great start to the series away from home for Bangladesh. Catch these two team again. As they go head-to-head in the first of three ODI's on 16th July at 1 PM IST. Do join us for that. Till then cheers and goodbye!
Mominul Haque, the winning skipper, is up for a chat. He says, he is really happy to win his first overseas game. Adds that the juniors performed really well to keep the team in the game. Also says Mehidy Hasan could perform on a flat wicket and he went onto pick up nine wickets which is very impressive. Ends by saying it was really a team effort that helped them to seal the victory.
Mahmudullah, Man of the Match, is up for a chat. He says, he always liked to contribute for the team and fortunately they went onto win the game. Also says he was happy to see all smiles around him. Adds that Liton Das batted really well, also he was having fun with Taskin Ahmed in the middle and they only aimed to build the partnership. Adds that there is always pressure when you play international cricket. Ends by saying he went back to his basics to see off the game.
Brendan Taylor is up for a chat. He says they needed to seize the moment but they fell short of it. Also praises the opposition for their effort. Adds that Takudzwanashe Kaitano showed a lot of character on his debut. He also says they let Bangladesh walk over them. Adds that they need to be at their absolute best in the white ball series and would look to give it their all.
Zimbabwe started the Test game on a good note. They were looking solid with the ball. It was all about theirs pacers as they restricted Bangladesh to 132 for 6 at one point. But they lost the grip of the match soon after. Courtesy of a crucial stand for Bangaladesh by Mahmudullah and Liton Das. Das fell short of his century just by five runs. But the former went onto to score 150 runs to take the team to safer shores. Also a handy innings by Taskin Ahmed with the bat helped Bangladesh to a massive score of 468 runs. In the second innings the top-order of the hosts were the one who muscled their innings, as their tail enders did not trouble much as the side skittled out for 276 runs. Then Shadman Islam Najmul Hossain Shanto both played brilliant knocks and scored a century respectively which led Bangladesh to declare for 284 for 1. And Zimbabwe in the chase were not able to rise to the occassion as they got all out for 256.
Bangladesh never looked out of the game. They knocked out three wickets by the end of Day 4. As Taskin Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan all picked up a wicket each before the end of Day 4 to put Zimbabwe on the backfoot. On the final day, after an hour mark, Bangladesh started chipping away wickets. Mehidy snared three wickets while, Taskin Ahmed snared four wickets. Ebadot Hossain just picked up a single to get the penultimate wicket. In the end, Mehidy Hasan picked up his fourth wicket to get rid of the final batsman and seal the victory for Bangladesh.
On Day 4, Zimbabwe started the chase of 477 runs. Shumba was the first one to depart. Then the skipper Taylor and Kaitano's pair powered their innings. Both were playing contrasting roles. One was on the attack while the other one was defensively stronger. But the skipper lost his track on 92, while Kaitano made his walk back to the shed on just 7 runs but off 102 balls. The pair of Tiripano and Myers started well for the hosts on the final day. They were solid for the first hour into the play. But post the Drinks break, everything was scattered as they kept losing wickets at quick interval. Three batters came in and went back without troubling the scoreboard much. Leaving Tiripano as a sole spectator at the other end. It was then Nyauchi who complimented well for a quite sometime. But could not last in the middle for long. Tiripano also went onto score his fifty and got out once he crossed that mark. It was then Muzarabani and Ngarava who played along for some time but could not last for long as Ngarava gave away his wicket.
Mehidy Hasan to Richard Ngarava, OUT! TIMBER! Mehidy Hasan gets his fourth wicket. He continues to impress in Test cricket. Full and looped up, on off. Richard Ngarava looks to whack it away but misses. The ball goes through the gap between the bat and the pad. The ball goes onto knock the bails off. BANGLADESH HAVE WON THE TEST MATCH.
Mehidy Hasan to Richard Ngarava, Loopy ball, on off, Richard Ngarava is solid in his defense.
Mehidy Hasan to Blessing Muzarabani, Short, on off. Blessing Muzarabani works it to long on for a single.
Mehidy Hasan to Blessing Muzarabani, On off, pushed back to the bowler.
END OF OVER 94 | 4 Runs & 0 Wkt | ZIM 255/9
Mehidy Hasan comes back into the attack.
Ebadot Hossain to Richard Ngarava, FOUR! Whacked! Good length ball on off, Ngarava hammers it through mid on for a boundary.
Ebadot Hossain to Richard Ngarava, Low full toss on middle, Ngarava pushes it to mid on.
Ebadot Hossain to Richard Ngarava, Full on off, RN pushes it to mid off.
Ebadot Hossain to Richard Ngarava, Short ball outside off, Ngarava looks to pull but fails to get any bat on it.
Ebadot Hossain to Richard Ngarava, On off, played to the off side.
Ebadot Hossain to Richard Ngarava, Good length ball on off, Ngarava defends it to point.
END OF OVER 93 | 10 Runs & 0 Wkt | ZIM 251/9
Taskin Ahmed to Blessing Muzarabani, Good length ball outside off, Muzarabani looks to punch it but misses.
Taskin Ahmed to Richard Ngarava, Good length ball on the pads, Richard works it to fine leg for one.
Taskin Ahmed to Richard Ngarava, Full on off, Ngarava defends it to cover.
Taskin Ahmed to Richard Ngarava, FOUR! Good shot! Short ball on middle, Ngarava pulls it to deep square leg for the second boundary of the over.
Taskin Ahmed to Blessing Muzarabani, Short on middle, pulled to mid-wicket for one.