ZIM vs BAN 1st Test Day 5: Mehidy Hasan, Mahmudullah guide Bangladesh to 220 runs victory against Zimbabwe – Bangladesh off-spinner Mehidy Hasan picked nine wickets while Mahmudullah scored a fighting 150 to help their side towards 220 runs victory against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
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Opener Shadman made a steady 115 not out while Najmul was bolder with his unbeaten 117 but it was home captain Brendan Taylor who produced the day’s most astonishing innings with 92 from 73 balls as Zimbabwe went in search of a monumental and highly unlikely victory target of 477.
Zimbabwe had reached 170-3 at the close, still 337 short of what would be a record-breaking target, leaving Bangladesh strongly placed to close out victory on Sunday.
The West Indies hold the world record for a successful fourth-innings chase, reaching a 418-run target set by visiting Australia 18 years ago.
Resuming on 45 without loss in their second innings, the Bangladesh openers took their partnership to 88 before Saif Hassan was snapped up in the gully by Dyon Myers off the bowling of Richard Ngarava.
It was to be Zimbabwe’s only success with the ball as Najmul joined Shadman in an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 196 before the declaration came with Bangladesh on 284-1.
There was a sharp contrast in the ways Shadman went about compiling his first Test century and Najmul his second ton.
Shadman struck nine fours in an innings that spanned 196 balls while Najmul went after the weary attack, scoring at a run a ball and striking five fours and six sixes, the most in an innings in Zimbabwe.
As both batsmen feasted, the six Zimbabwe bowlers became increasingly dispirited, particularly Roy Kaia, who conceded 84 runs from 13 overs.
It was a horrible day in the mid-winter sunshine for the hosts, and the mood darkened further when they batted and opener Milton Shumba edged Taskin Ahmed to substitute Yasir Ali at second slip for 11.
That brought in stand-in captain Taylor, who had smashed an attractive 82 in the first innings.
This was even more glorious, as he launched himself at the Bangladesh bowlers, taking full advantage of attacking field
Taylor has history with Bangladesh, having scored five of his six Test centuries against them. He looked certain to make it six from seven as he swotted 16 boundaries in his rapid-fire 92.
His dominance was such that opening batsmen Takudzwanashe Kaitano only got off the mark when the total was 72 and went on to contribute just two in a second-wicket partnership of 95.
Taylor raced to his half-century in a record-equalling 33 balls for a Zimbabwean but his innings ended in anti-climax when he checked his shot as Mehidy Hasan Miraz served up a juicy full toss outside off-stump and lamely chipped the ball back to the bowler.
Kaitano continued his vigil but he too fell before the close, leg before to ShakibBangles Hasan after scoring seven from 102 balls, leaving Bangladesh needing seven wickets to secure the win.
ZIM vs BAN 1st Test Live
|Milton Shumba||c (sub Yasir Ali) b Taskin Ahmed||11||19||2||0||57.89|
|Takudzwanashe Kaitano||lbw b S Al Hasan||7||102||1||0||6.86|
|Brendan Taylor (C)||c & b Mehidy Hasan||92||73||16||0||126.03|
|Dion Myers||c Shadman Islam b Mehidy Hasan||26||88||0||2||29.55|
|Donald Tiripano||c Liton Das b Ebadat Hossain||52||144||6||0||36.11|
|Timycen Maruma||lbw b Mehidy Hasan||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Roy Kaia||lbw b Taskin Ahmed||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Regis Chakabva (WK)||b Taskin Ahmed||1||3||0||0||33.33|
|Victor Nyauchi||c S Al Hasan b Taskin Ahmed||10||54||2||0||18.52|
|Blessing Muzarabani||Not out||30||51||4||0||58.82|
|Richard Ngarava||b Mehidy Hasan||10||27||2||0||37.04|
|Extra||17 (b 5, w 0, nb 1, lb 11)|
|Shakib Al Hasan||25||9||44||1||1.76|
|Milton Shumba||lbw b S Al Hasan||41||83||7||0||49.40|
|Takudzwanashe Kaitano||c Liton Das b Mehidy Hasan||87||311||9||0||27.97|
|Brendan Taylor (C)||c (sub Yasir Ali) b Mehidy Hasan||81||92||12||1||88.04|
|Dion Myers||c Mehidy Hasan b S Al Hasan||27||65||1||1||41.54|
|Timycen Maruma||lbw b S Al Hasan||0||17||0||0||0.00|
|Roy Kaia||c Liton Das b Taskin Ahmed||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Regis Chakabva (WK)||Not out||31||71||2||1||43.66|
|Donald Tiripano||lbw b Mehidy Hasan||2||5||0||0||40.00|
|Victor Nyauchi||b Mehidy Hasan||0||7||0||0||0.00|
|Blessing Muzarabani||b Mehidy Hasan||2||11||0||0||18.18|
|Richard Ngarava||c Nazmul Hossain Shanto b S Al Hasan||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Extra||5 (b 2, w 0, nb 0, lb 3)|
|Yet To Bat|
|Shakib Al Hasan||34.5||10||82||4||2.35|
468/10 (126 ov)
|Saif Hassan||b B Muzarabani||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Shadman Islam||c Brendan Taylor b R Ngarava||23||64||4||0||35.94|
|Nazmul Hossain Shanto||c D Myers b B Muzarabani||2||8||0||0||25.00|
|Mominul Haque (C)||c D Myers b VM Nyauchi||70||92||13||0||76.09|
|Mushfiqur Rahim||lbw b B Muzarabani||11||30||2||0||36.67|
|Shakib Al Hasan||c RW Chakabva b VM Nyauchi||3||5||0||0||60.00|
|Liton Das (WK)||c VM Nyauchi b DT Tiripano||95||147||13||0||64.63|
|Mehidy Hasan||lbw b DT Tiripano||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Taskin Ahmed||b M Shumba||75||134||11||0||55.97|
|Ebadat Hossain||lbw b B Muzarabani||0||8||0||0||0.00|
|Extra||39 (b 10, w 2, nb 16, lb 11)|
ZIM vs BAN 1st Test Live: Toss
Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque won the toss and opted to bat first against Zimbabwe in a one-off Test here at the Harare Sports Club, Harare on Wednesday.
Both team captains at the toss
Taylor: We would have bowled. The first day is a good one for the bowlers here and our bowling attack looks good. There will be challenges but we are looking forward to that. The conditions all around the world are challenging, but we are pleased to have some cricket at the moment. We have four bowlers, and two debutants in the form of Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Dion Myers.
Mominul: We will bat first. The wicket looks dry and I think we’ll get some spin in the fourth innings, it will be crucial. I think it was a good preparation for all of us as the batsmen got runs. We are going to play four bowlers and seven batsmen.
Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor(c), Dion Myers, Timycen Maruma, Roy Kaia, Regis Chakabva(w), Donald Tiripano, Victor Nyauchi, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Mominul Haque(c), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Liton Das(w), Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain