SWEET VICTORY Zim stun Bangladesh Victory will revive Zim cricket: Rajput
THE Zimbabwe bowlers secured a thrilling 151-run victory in the first Test against Bangladesh in Sylhet yesterday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.
Brandon Mavuta and Sikandar Raza shared seven wickets between them to roll Bangladesh over for 169 on a sporting day four pitch.
Imrul Kayes was Bangladesh’s top-scorer with 43, adding 31 to his overnight score, while debutant Ariful Haque played some entertaining shots in the end to score 38.
That, however, couldn’t prevent the visitors, who last won a Test in September 2013, from securing a fine 151-run victory. It was Zimbabwe’s third away win in Test history.
Liton Das and Imrul Kayes had done well to take Bangladesh to stumps at 26/0, but Zimbabwe started making quick inroads on the fourth morning.
Das was the first to fall for 23 after adding just nine to his overnight score; struck in front when he failed to get bat on an attempted pull shot off a half-tracker by Sikandar Raza. Zimbabwe used the review to good effect and a crucial blow was struck.
Pacer Kyle Jarvis got the ball to nip off the surface and intermittently also got some movement off the air, making him tricky to face. Mominul Haque tried to hit out and ended up chopping on to fall for nine.
Raza then worsened Bangladesh’s woes, accounting for Imrul Kayes and skipper Mahudullah in quick succession. Kayes, who had been batting well, was bowled round his legs when he tried to play a cheeky paddle, falling for 43.
Mahmudullah looked uncertain throughout his knock of 16 and his indecisiveness cost him his wicket. He was caught in two minds about whether to play an aggressive shot or to defend, ending up gloving a catch to short leg.
The soup thickened for Bangladesh when Nazmul Shanto played a rash shot off a halftracker by leg-spinner Brandan Mavuta to fall for 13 at the stroke of lunch. He tried to check a square cut at the last moment, and found himself spooning an easy catch to backward point.
Mushfiqur Rahim looked quite comfortable during his stay at the crease, and was even dismissed playing a confident sweep shot off Mavuta. His mistake was that he tried to go the aerial route, offering a catch to deep square leg.
Once Rahim fell, it was a procession of wickets, although debutant Ariful Haque played an entertaining hand at one end.
Mavuta accounted for Mehidy Hasan and Nazmul Islam in quick succession, while Wellington Masakadza joined the party with the wicket of Taijul Islam as Bangladesh slipped from 150/6 to 155/9.
Once all hope was gone, Haque went for some big hits. His 37-ball stay was laced with four fours and two sixes, before he was dismissed by Wellington Masakadza when he miscued another attempted big shot. That wicket sealed the deal for Zimbabwe.
This victory will be memorable because it is Zimbabwe’s first overseas win since 2001. Bangladesh will look to make things even in the second Test in Dhaka starting on November 11. — ICC-cricket.com ZIMBABWE had gone into the game at the Sylhet International Stadium as the underdogs, but came off with a sensational performance to seal a 151-run victory against the home team
Head coach, Lalchand Rajput, believes his side’s remarkable win over Bangladesh in the first of the two-match Test series will be the start of a new journey for cricket in Zimbabwe.
“This will definitely revive Zimbabwean cricket. We have started believing that we cannot only win at home, but we can win abroad as well. This is the first step and we need to kick on from here. The way we came back after the ODI series 3-0 whitewash, we were really prepared for it. I’m happy that the boys have done justice to their talent. It’s a great day for us,” said Rajput yesterday.
The former Indian cricketer credited the Zimbabwe cricketers for making the winning effort despite the biggest of the Test playing nations struggling in Bangladeshi conditions. Zimbabwe were patient and watchful with both bat and ball to achieve victory in threeand-half-days of play.
“Even big Test playing countries come here and struggle to beat Bangladesh in Bangladesh. It’s a huge win for us, psychologically,” Rajput said.
“Teams around the world will know that Zimbabwe is getting back to being the team they were earlier. If you look at Zimbabwean cricket in the 90s, they had a fantastic team. This win will definitely revive that; bring the confidence of players, and I think it’s a great thing for the Zimbabwe board, because the board has really persisted with these players. They have been patient, and now the day has come. I’m sure everyone back home, the Zimbabwe board, the public and the whole country will be proud of this,” he added. – Dhaka Tribune
in which they failed to reach 200, but what really stands out is how their batting malaise is only a feature in Tests. Bangladesh’s batsmen have had a fantastic year, just not in this format, and having played 12 ODIs since August, it soon became apparent that they were still batting in one-day mode in their first innings four days ago, something that Chatara said Zimbabwe had been expecting. Balls that might easily have been left alone instead brought wickets, and when the going got tough on day four, wickets tumbled amid a flurry of shots. The patience with which Zimbabwe had gone about their batting was completely lacking. — ESPNcricinfo