SWEET VIC­TORY Zim stun Bangladesh Vic­tory will re­vive Zim cricket: Ra­jput

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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

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