Zimbabwe XI v Bangladeshis, Harare, 1st day July 30, 2011

Bangladeshis fight after making 188

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe XI 42 for 4 (Ervine 0*, Mutizwa 3*, Shafiul 2-21) trail Bangladeshis 188 (Mushfiqur 64, Ncube 3-40) by 146 runs

Mushfiqur Rahim stood head and shoulders above the rest of the Bangladeshi batsman in their first three-day outing as a team in 14 months. The Bangladeshis were shot out for 188 runs in 60.1 overs on the opening day of their practice game against Zimbabwe XI at the Harare Sports Club. But by the end of the day they made a comeback, taking four quick wickets to leave Zimbabwe XI struggling by stumps.

Mushfiqur's dogged 64 and small contributions from Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah ensured the Bangladeshis at least got close to 200, which looked unlikely when they were 31 for 5. Zimbabwe XI looked uncertain from the very start of their response. Off the first ball of the innings, Tino Mawoyo was dropped at gully off Shafiul Islam. Shafiul then clean bowled Sikandar Raza and got Mawoyo's edge again, with Mushfiqur taking the catch this time. In between, Robiul Islam bowled Regis Chakabva and Tatenda Taibu was run out, leaving Zimbabwe XI four down at stumps and still 146 behind the Bangladeshis.

The last phase of play emphasised how important Mushfiqur's half-century was in the context of the match. He came in to bat at No. 7, and worked hard on a two-paced wicket. His initial toil of leaving as much as possible and playing with soft hands paid off as he gently took the Bangladeshis out of a terrible position and possible embarassment.

After Shakib Al Hasan decided to bat, openers Junaid Siddique and Imrul Kayes were dismissed by the fourth over. Kayes had his stumps disturbed by a Keegan Meth inswinger after Junaid edged a simple catch to the slips off Kyle Jarvis. Mohammad Ashraful was next to go, taken low in the slips before Shahriar Nafees also edged to the slips.

When Shakib fell leg-before, the Bangladeshis were reeling. Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah led the fight by adding 36 for the sixth wicket before Mahmudullah fell to seamer Njabulo Ncube. He made 21 off 64 balls with the help of two boundaries.

Mushfiqur continued his good work, hammering boundaries, and reached a well-deserved half-century. What also stood out was Nasir's contribution. He added 72 for the seventh wicket with Mushfiqur, striking four confident boundaries in his 38 off 60 balls.

After Mushfiqur became the eighth Bangladeshi wicket to fall, the tail added 21 runs with Shafiul Islam hitting 16 off 13 balls.

Among the bowlers, Ncube ended up with three wickets but it was the first spells of Meth, Jarvis and Tendai Chatara that had the Bangladeshis in trouble. Meth and Jarvis had two wickets each while Prosper Utseya too ended with a couple.

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  • Meety on July 31, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    I think this was an opportunity missed by Zimbabwe. Its never easy to fly a long way & hit the ground running. I think the Bangas were always going to struggle to begin with on this tour. They SHOULD be a lot better next time around. I think there must be something in the pitch - as the recent A game fixtures suggested slow but flat pitches. Here survival seemed tough - yet the Zimmers could bat a whole day v Oz A. That being said I think that Zim will be even tougher come the 1st test, so the Bangas better believe they are in for a Test!

  • dummy4fb on July 31, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Zimbabwe look like they have worked on that bowling department significantly. Many options considering the guys that we usually see on the scoresheets are missing. Anyway, Tino Mawoyo is not doing himself any favors. He could really command that opening slot, he's got all the talent in the world. Just needs to start piling on the runs and we will be looking at the future skip.

  • Dashgar on July 31, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Neither team look up to test standard at the moment, but then again I can hardly call any team in the world right now up to test standard, except perhaps England, India and South Africa. And for those 3 only perhaps. Batting and bowling have both gone downhill worldwide since the IPL began.

  • dummy4fb on July 31, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    hope ZIMBABWE will get a victory........ they really need a win before starting their test career again.....BEST OF LUCK FOR THE ZIM'S!!!!!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on July 31, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    bad luck ashraful :( i dont like ashraful ,,,,

  • dummy4fb on July 31, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    ash back with bat 2nd innings vs zibm

  • dummy4fb on July 31, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    arshraful back with bat and rans, today he is scoring nd innings..all the best ash

  • dummy4fb on July 31, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Most of the commentators have said against inclusion of Ash in the team on various grounds like he has strong backing at BCCB and supporter in the selection team. B4 leaving Bangladesh, Mr. Habibul Bashar posed with Ash at the Airport and in Harare also. The message from Mr. Bashar is clear. No matter what ash does with bat, he will be kept in the team leaving aside other options like Alok Kapali without cogent reason. Should we spoil our time thinking and writing on Ash or should concentrate on the policy to select a team and fixing strategy for wining. Ash is not even fit for primary squad at the moment and we are expecting magic from him. He is not going to contribute positively except damaging the team spirit with his vindictive attitude. If BD wins, Sakib will get the credit as Captain but if fails he is to shoulder the blame also. If he is to quit Captaincy, Ash will suddenly emerge as the next Captain. Nobody will listen to us as they r not listening now. Why Ash will score then

  • shamsshuvra on July 31, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    when India or England all out around 200 runs, no one say they are not fit for the test match, but when Bangladesh or Zimbabwe did it all are criticize about their ability. Do they think the background and the infrastructure of those big name in cricket? After 100 years of playing cricket England couldn't win the world cup. Just give time to those team and they can show you the result.

  • tappia on July 31, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    I guess Bangladesh steamers stole the day, hope they bat well second innings....but u never know.

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