Mavuta shines as Zim­babwe shock Bangladesh

Debu­tant Mavuta claims 4-21, while Raza bags 3-41 in Syl­het

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Bran­don Mavuta and Sikan­dar Raza shared seven wick­ets be­tween them as Zim­babwe recorded their first Test win in five years with a thump­ing 151-run vic­tory over Bangladesh yes­ter­day.

Debu­tant leg-spin­ner Mavuta claimed 4-21 and off­spin­ner Raza’s 3-41 as hosts Bangladesh were left chas­ing 321 runs on the fourth day in the northeastern city of Syl­het.

Welling­ton Masakadza, an­other debu­tant, also shone with two wick­ets as Zim­babwe made quick work of Bangladesh’s lower or­der, dis­miss­ing the hosts for 169.

Left-arm spin­ner Maskadza took the fi­nal wicket of the in­nings, send­ing Ari­ful Haque for 38 as Zim­babwe notched their first Test win since beat­ing Pak­istan in Harare in 2013.

It is also the first time Zim­babwe have clinched an away Test vic­tory since beat­ing Bangladesh in Chit­tagong 17 years ago in 2001.

“I am ec­static. I thought the guys went out and worked re­ally hard to ap­ply them­selves,” Zim­babwe cap­tain Hamil­ton Masakadza said in the post match pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony.

Zim­babwe sensed a win once Raza claimed three vi­tal wick­ets in the open­ing ses­sion to re­duce Bangladesh’s in­nings to half.

Kyle Jarvis and Mavuta joined the act with Raza in the morn­ing as they chipped in with a wicket apiece to leave Bangladesh 111-5 at the break.

Bangladesh re­sumed play on 26-0 but within hal­fan-hour had lost their first wicket, with oth­ers fol­low­ing quickly.

Play started 30 min­utes early to make up for the lost time af­ter bad light brought a pre­ma­ture end to day three, with Bangladesh still need­ing 295 runs on a wear­ing pitch.

The home side — whose best run chase was 217-6 against the West Indies in 2009 — started to throw wick­ets once Raza re­viewed a leg-be­fore ap­peal against opener Li­ton Das.

The um­pire gave Li­ton not out but a TV re­play in­di­cated the ball would have hit the stump af­ter pitch­ing out­side off — end­ing Li­ton’s in­nings on 23.

One down, Mominul Haque dragged a Jarvis de­liv­ery onto his stumps for nine be­fore Raza bowled Im­rul Kayes for 43 to leave Bangladesh at 833.

Skip­per Mah­mudul­lah pro­moted him­self to num­ber four but could not res­cue his side and per­ished for 16, giv­ing a catch to sub­sti­tute fielder Craig Ervine at short leg off Raza. Raza then took a spec­tac­u­lar catch at cover on the stroke of lunch to hand debu­tant Mavuta his maiden Test wicket and send back Naz­mul Hos­sain.

“I think the wicket was good, but we didn’t ap­ply our­selves with the bat. We were not dis­ci­plined enough to re­strict our strokes,” said Bangladesh skip­per Mah­mudul­lah.

Mavuta dis­missed Bangladesh’s last ac­com­plished bats­man Mush­fiqur Rahim soon af­ter play re­sume be­fore Zim­babwe wrapped things up.

The sec­ond Test will be held in Dhaka from November 1115.

Zim­babwe crick­eter Bran­don Mavuta (2nd L) cel­e­brates with his team­mate Regis Chak­abva (L) as Sikan­dar Raza (2nd R), cap­tain Hamil­ton Masakadza (R) look on af­ter win­ning the first Test cricket in Syl­het yes­ter­day.

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