Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, Only Test, Harare, 1st day August 4, 2011

Top order puts Zimbabwe in command

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Zimbabwe 264 for 2 (Masakadza 88*, Taylor 40* Hossain 2-58) v Bangladesh
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Zimbabwe's top four ensured that their return to Test cricket was impressive as they achieved a balance between aggression and caution. Hamilton Masakadza scored a fluent, unbeaten 88 after debutant Tino Mawoyo and Vusi Sibanda had put on a century first-wicket stand and laid a solid base for the rest to build on.

Bangladesh's bowlers were inconsistent throughout the day, struggled with their lines and lengths and gave the batsmen the luxury of choosing which deliveries to leave and which to play. As a unit, they posed little threat to the batsmen, with the seam bowlers and the left-arm spinners failing to be penetrative and losing motivation as a result.

Mawoyo had a few nerves at the start, which were exposed when he was almost run out in a moment of impulsion; but he settled soon after and showed remarkable poise and patience in his innings. His first runs came with a classy upper cut and a pair of delicious drives. Sibanda took a little longer to settle in but once he did, and was able to put his drive on display, he was almost unstoppable. The Zimbabwe openers were helped by the fact that Bangladesh's seamers failed to exploit the movement on offer early on.

Shafiul Islam bowled with discipline up front and maintained a challenging length but his new-ball partner Robiul Islam was often too short. The only wicket-taker of the innings, Rubel Hossain, got some movement but was unable to use it to claim any scalps, his two strikes coming from wayward shots rather than attacking bowling.

Bangladesh turned to spin in the 13th over with Shakib bringing himself on and getting a surprising amount of turn. Zimbabwe were wary of the threat of left-arm spin and handled him with caution, being careful not to go forward too much. They smothered the spin of both Shakib and Abdur Razzak and in so doing crafted a base from which to push on. By the time lunch was approaching, they had offered the bowlers no chances and only a lapse in concentration caused Mawoyo to chase a short and wide ball. When he was caught at deep backward point, he ended a partnership that, in some ways, mirrored the century first-wicket stand of Kevin Arnott and Grant Flower in Zimbabwe's first Test in 1992, the main difference being that Arnott and Flower took much longer to reach the hundred mark.

Bangladesh showed more intent after lunch, with two edges off the bat of Sibanda going the way of second slip, one put down and the other not carrying. They bowled with a little more zip for the first half an hour but as the Zimbabwe batsman got comfortable the bowlers were demoralised. Sibanda's driving was moving into fifth gear and Masakadza's strong defence and positive attack presented a combination that was too formidable for Bangladesh. The visitors finally captured another wicket midway through the second session when Sibanda hung his bat out to a short ball and got an edge through to Mushfiqur Rahim.

Masakadza was unruffled, illustrating why he is regarded as one of Zimbabwe's most-improved players. His innings was defined by his drives but he pulled with confidence and also worked the ball well on the leg side. With the ultra-cautious Brendan Taylor at the other end, Masakadza had the freedom to play his shots, which he did not abuse.

In his first innings as captain, Taylor was watchful. He slipped up only once, when he slashed hard and was almost caught behind but for the most part he was sedate and happy to play a supporting role. He and Masakadza did a fine job of accumulating runs by taking singles, helped by the poor effort from Bangladesh in the field.

Although the point region was well covered, and when the ball was hit there it usually found the fielder, runs were leaked in almost every other part of the field. Misfields were commonplace and as the shadows got longer general disinterest seemed to creep in. Balls that should have been chased with more eagerness were merely ambled after and ones that could have been saved were allowed to go through.

Bangladesh took the second new ball as soon as it was on offer but with conditions not as favourable as they were in the morning, they could hardly hope to make use of it. Shafiul had a confident shout for lbw against Taylor in his first over with the new ball but it was given not out. Replays showed that it could have gone over the stumps or down leg. Robiul was again inaccurate and all but wasted the new cherry as the Bangladesh bowlers dragged themselves through the final minutes of play, perhaps weighed down by the many things they will have to work on before the second day.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • CricketLoverFromAsia on August 6, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    All the very best to ZIMBABWE.. Zimbabwe is always far better than BANG. ZIM can dominate this series.. Go ZIM..You can Win.. Best wishes from Sri Lanka..

  • on August 5, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    I wish BD wud hav ball da same way dey hav ball dis morning...

  • on August 5, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    we will come back then Zimbabwe will see

  • on August 5, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Bangladesh fight with quick strikes..................

  • on August 5, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Bangladesh team is miising SyedRasel. Shafiul should be replaced.

  • on August 5, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Bangladesh are just a talent-less side who never deserved a test status in the first place. It was only because of the BCCI and the PCB that they actually got it to increase their powers against other boards. I remember their captain making statements like we are the favorites and what not before the series. Pathetic.

  • vojogot on August 5, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    welldone zimbabwe for a good start..... Hope that Bangladesh will be able to show good performance against Zimb.

  • on August 5, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    zim is back and back for good

  • on August 5, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Bangladesh is missing Shahdat Hossain!!!

  • Sukumar_Kantri on August 5, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Zim had proved its batting strength. Now its going to be the turn of BD spinners to attack. Both the sides are of equal strength and the match is going to be a feast for fans of both the teams. Sakib can lead the attack with a few scalps with his ability and the most experienced BD test bowler in current team. Absence of Mashrafe and Shadhat is clearly reflecting in the way the in-experienced BD seamers had bowled all through out the day except Shafiul. He can be handy. On the other hand, Taylor and Masakadza can be devastating if they settle down for one more session. Lets wait and watch the action. All the best for the both the teams to fight for a win.

  • CricketLoverFromAsia on August 6, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    All the very best to ZIMBABWE.. Zimbabwe is always far better than BANG. ZIM can dominate this series.. Go ZIM..You can Win.. Best wishes from Sri Lanka..

  • on August 5, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    I wish BD wud hav ball da same way dey hav ball dis morning...

  • on August 5, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    we will come back then Zimbabwe will see

  • on August 5, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Bangladesh fight with quick strikes..................

  • on August 5, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Bangladesh team is miising SyedRasel. Shafiul should be replaced.

  • on August 5, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Bangladesh are just a talent-less side who never deserved a test status in the first place. It was only because of the BCCI and the PCB that they actually got it to increase their powers against other boards. I remember their captain making statements like we are the favorites and what not before the series. Pathetic.

  • vojogot on August 5, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    welldone zimbabwe for a good start..... Hope that Bangladesh will be able to show good performance against Zimb.

  • on August 5, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    zim is back and back for good

  • on August 5, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Bangladesh is missing Shahdat Hossain!!!

  • Sukumar_Kantri on August 5, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Zim had proved its batting strength. Now its going to be the turn of BD spinners to attack. Both the sides are of equal strength and the match is going to be a feast for fans of both the teams. Sakib can lead the attack with a few scalps with his ability and the most experienced BD test bowler in current team. Absence of Mashrafe and Shadhat is clearly reflecting in the way the in-experienced BD seamers had bowled all through out the day except Shafiul. He can be handy. On the other hand, Taylor and Masakadza can be devastating if they settle down for one more session. Lets wait and watch the action. All the best for the both the teams to fight for a win.

  • on August 5, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Great start, push and finish this thing.

  • on August 5, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    What a way to return to the Test arena. Guys let go out there to support the guys as they consolidate their position. WE ARE BEHIND YOU ALL THE WAY.

  • on August 5, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    congr8s to Zim. Played really well in the first day. Lack of experience sink Bangladeshi bowler. there was no swing, no bouncer.My suggestion is.. to fight back seemer must give bouncer. I think Shafiul can give good bouncer.So i hope Bd bowler will give some bouncer, take wickets and bounce back into the game strongly. still a chance to restrict Zim under 300. very much possible...all the best to both teams

  • imrun_99 on August 5, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    there are two main fast bowler missing (masrafi nd sahadat)due to injury and Zim taking advantage of it,,,,,,,these two player know how to swing ball.

  • rakibul-narail-bd on August 5, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    1st of all congratualitions to zim. Their come back in test is really impresive. But what about bd. Their performance in the 1st day is very very dull. The way they bowled is not test standard. There was no wicket taker really. I hope with the quality they will come back today strongly. They should not allow zim to score more than 400 runs. I also dissapointed why bd choose to bat in 4th innings.

  • on August 5, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh will return back today impressively.......!

  • Dipta1971 on August 5, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Shafiul Islam, Robiul Islam and Rubel Hossain have played a sum total of 14 Tests before this and have taken just 19 wickets between them. Robiul, playing his second game at this level, hasn't even taken one so to expect them to take full advantage on what turned out to be a flat track was a bridge too far.

  • hasib9 on August 5, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Unbelievable. Ashraful in the team? again? Where is Enamul Haque Jr.? We all know Razzak is an ODI bowler, but not for test. Why Robiul and not Nazmul?

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on August 5, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Great to see ZIM back in action.

  • BravoBravo on August 5, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    It is really a joy to see that ZIM is playing so well. I hope that the matches between BD and ZIM will be entertaining, and competitive, not just one sided. Next ZIM will be facing PAK, hoping that they will do well against PAK as well. If ZIM performs well, it is good for Cricket game.

  • mohsin9975 on August 5, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    This proves dat even after all those years in exile zim cricket has progressed more than bangladesh who is a full member test nation now for 11 years. This proves bangl do not deserve a test spot which they got becoz of bcci s support who had some other concealed reasons to back them. For the record zim have played 83 tests since 1992 won 8 nd drawn 26 ,while bangl hav played 69 tests won 3(2 against 2nd string wi nd 1 vs depleted zim) drawn 6 . Ireland is much better than both current zim and bangl. They hav some wicket takinp bowlers nd some technical batsman

  • RandyOZ on August 4, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    Great to see Zim doing well, I really want these two teams to get better so we can help cricket grow. Bangladesh, after showing promising signs a couple of years ago, seem to be treading water, hope they can improve. Zim looks like they have a great batting line up, a good mix of old and new. Hoping Taibu has a good game; do not give the admin an excuse to drop you because of your comments!

  • on August 4, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    This is a really impressive start by Zim. I hope complacency won't creep in on the 2nd day after a good start. Go on & post a good 1st innings total & hope the bowlers can do their part for a good result that will give the team a lot of confidence. I wish I was in Harare!!!!

  • on August 4, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Fantastic start to the Test Zimbabwe. Now we just need to keep our nerve and build on the great opening. Its great to be back in Test Cricket, but now we need to show that we really belong!

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on August 4, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Well done Zim batsmen -- you really batted well --- it doesn't matter what people say about BD bowling -- you guys batted well that's the point. Now a days, people often forget to appreciate the hard work batsmen do to score runs -- they just either talk about flat pitch, bad bowling-fielding etc. To BD tigers, don't be disappointed that much -- I don't think you bowled that bad --returning to the test cricket after long 14 months (seems life time) -- both the teams have played well in the first day -- hope to see an interesting day today.

  • Meety on August 4, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    This is a consistant effort from Zim. As the matches against Oz A have shown, Zim have the right attitude for Test cricket. The big test is over the next 4 days - who's resolve is the stronger. I would of thought that the Bangas would of batted first & used their spinners late in the match, 3 seamers? Good efort from Zim! The Bangas need to re-set themselves for a tough battle tommorrow, if they win Day 2, they'll be on top. Depends on the morning session.

  • WestIndies1987 on August 4, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    I am glad to see Zimbabwe back and doing well again.

  • on August 4, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe we can do this for the nation.Much love to Masakadza,BT,Vusi & Mawoyo

  • PontiusPilate78 on August 4, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Ah the first day is over and now we take stock. Zimbabwe are on 264/2. Zim played the conditions better, but most importantly was the Bangladeshi captains blunder in buying into the hope of bowling first- anyone who has ever played at Harare knows that's a good batting strip - little for the seamers unless they have real class and only during the first session- zim look good to surpass the first innings score from their first test when flower and anott opened - bang should at best hope for a draw- cant wait to see Vitori and co in action

  • on August 4, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    if ZIM scored 400, then it wud be tough for BD to come bak..thou its a flat pitch...i can smell draw if BD batting also clicks..lol

  • liaqathussain on August 4, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    very encouraging signs from zimbabwe,,, i would have though bangladesh would have ran through zim's batting line up considering there was movement in the morning + spin,,, great work zimbabwe,, hope you can show your worth test cricket and your system can improve to encourage younger player to take up the game,

    bangladesh i think icc need to seriously take their fingers out and give bangladesh a break from test cricket,,,

  • on August 4, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Tigers thats not in fact,,,,having more experience u get,so push it, success is nearest.....

  • on August 4, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe. They went out and send a clear and concise statement, Were back to test cricket! Hopefully, the continue with this strong performance throughout the test match and im sure they can turn this first test back into a dream victory! Go Zim!

  • on August 4, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Another poor display from BD. This is just tarnishing the high standards of test cricket :(

  • on August 4, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Very poor balling by Bangladeshi ballers. Zimbabwe strongly came back to Test aerena. BD players" superior complexity will put them down :S:S

  • on August 4, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Hope BD boys can turn this game on its head

  • on August 4, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    This is one of the match i love to watch after Eng and India test series... weldone zim I feel that may be there batting lines much wek then BANGladish but they done well and we enjoy 2 watch this match... they play like a good test batting play cricket . i hope zim learn more from this test.

  • on August 4, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    the seamers were truly out of the match.. sick.. anyways its bd who is fav and will b through the series...

  • FrenchCricketFan on August 4, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    well done zimbabwe, they look improved, thats a good sign, hope they improve more soon . As for ban, a test squad must have couple of genuine wicket-taking ballers who maintain pressure on the opponent consistently, otherwise its not a test squad. Until you develop such ballers, there is no point playing test cricket.

  • on August 4, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Poor no doubt from BAN. Too much shame.

  • on August 4, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    I guess Ian chappell wasn't far off when he said Bangladesh shouldn't be playing tests or atleast should only play against teams like Zim/WI/NZ

  • TIGER40 on August 4, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    TIGER! We are Optimist till now !

  • TIGER40 on August 4, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    TIGER ! 4 DAYS LEFT TILL NOW!! SCRATCH THE ZIMBABWE TEAM !!

  • on August 4, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    A solid start to a first days innings well done boys the batting was of a high quality ,we just need to get rid of giving away our wickets needless.I hope you put in another 200 odd run 2mrw.The balling department is what we now looking at lets hope its fires as the batting .Well done guys for lifting the flag high.

  • JustIPL on August 4, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Bangladesh played like India. Their seemers did not make impact depite winning the toss on helpful conditions.

  • Nduru on August 4, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Great comeback boys! I was proud of a Zim test cricket day for the first time in many years!

  • on August 4, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Congradu to Vusi for his MAIDEN HALF CENTURY and l hope wil be cementd by an inevitable ton each from Hami and BT.What an impressive, splendid perfomance from our top order, lets show them that they ar real minnows....Go Zim Go...ooh, wait Eltie is yet to, BD bowlers stil in a torrid tym.

  • crazycricketfan4life on August 4, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    All credit to Zimbabwe for making a strong return back to the test fold with such a dominant first day. I am a huge fan of Bangladesh cricket(being a Bangladeshi) but despite all the credit for Zimbabwe, if we just take 2 wickets in a day from a team which has returned to Tests after 6 years, I have to say that this is nothing less than appalling. We need to produce more seamers and that can only be helped if we create a playing environment for aspiring youngsters in the future. If we keep on producing the dead tracks we do, we will struggle in any region other than the sub-continent. The current attack we have is simply not good enough and without Mashrafe, pace bowling looks to be heading to the grave for BD. Taking nothing away from Zimbabwe, they totally took advantage of our shortcomings.

  • on August 4, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Congradu to Vusi for his maiden half century and l hope wil be cemented by ton each from Hami and Taylor. A splendid start for our guys, lets show them that they ar real minnows. Go Zim Go!!!!!!!!!!, oh wait...Eltiie is yet to, the danger is now in BD bowlers's hands.

  • Ronsars on August 4, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Well played Zimbabwe...All those games against SA-A & Aus-A really helped...

  • DarindaUK on August 4, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    I'm glad that Ashraful been given a chance and I believe he has an opportunity to prove himself. Zimbabwe done very well so far with batting. Reached century in the first session. B'Deshi bowlers are giving too many runs for a Test Cricket. They need to concentrate and bowl good line. Again it shows that the spinners are doing well. Good luck Tigers. Make us proud by playing good cricket and less of the big talks. which is embarrasing as you fail to perform on the field. Prove yourselves so that we can continue to follow you.

  • milwardk on August 4, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Zimbabwe have started well and should keep their composure. Go Zim Go !!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 4, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    The teams look evenly matched, i think bangladesh went wrong by choosing ashraful again, i think Hom or raqibul hasan shud have been chosen. The zimbabwe batting looks quite good

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on August 4, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Good choice of getting rid off Siddique. I think he is out of form and the BCB did the right decision to get rid off him. I hope Ashraful can prove to evryone this test that he is still as talented as he was 3 yrs ago. Huge role for him to be batting at 4th. I think this a good selection but maybe not sure abt putting in Robiul & Ashraful but then again all the best to evryone and CMON TIGERS! LETS WIN THIS!

  • on August 4, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Go Bangladesh Go...Show them that you are superior...Historically, these two are arc rivals and considering present infrastructure, talent and enthusiasm, Bangladesh need to demonstrate a solid performance. BD need to show by deeds not by speech that they do what they are meant to do. I hope they will, this time.

  • on August 4, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Best of luck to Bangladesh Cricket team.

  • on August 4, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Guys make us proud! For now showing you can fight is enuf.

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  • on August 4, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Guys make us proud! For now showing you can fight is enuf.

  • on August 4, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Best of luck to Bangladesh Cricket team.

  • on August 4, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Go Bangladesh Go...Show them that you are superior...Historically, these two are arc rivals and considering present infrastructure, talent and enthusiasm, Bangladesh need to demonstrate a solid performance. BD need to show by deeds not by speech that they do what they are meant to do. I hope they will, this time.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on August 4, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Good choice of getting rid off Siddique. I think he is out of form and the BCB did the right decision to get rid off him. I hope Ashraful can prove to evryone this test that he is still as talented as he was 3 yrs ago. Huge role for him to be batting at 4th. I think this a good selection but maybe not sure abt putting in Robiul & Ashraful but then again all the best to evryone and CMON TIGERS! LETS WIN THIS!

  • on August 4, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    The teams look evenly matched, i think bangladesh went wrong by choosing ashraful again, i think Hom or raqibul hasan shud have been chosen. The zimbabwe batting looks quite good

  • milwardk on August 4, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Zimbabwe have started well and should keep their composure. Go Zim Go !!!!!!!!!!

  • DarindaUK on August 4, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    I'm glad that Ashraful been given a chance and I believe he has an opportunity to prove himself. Zimbabwe done very well so far with batting. Reached century in the first session. B'Deshi bowlers are giving too many runs for a Test Cricket. They need to concentrate and bowl good line. Again it shows that the spinners are doing well. Good luck Tigers. Make us proud by playing good cricket and less of the big talks. which is embarrasing as you fail to perform on the field. Prove yourselves so that we can continue to follow you.

  • Ronsars on August 4, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Well played Zimbabwe...All those games against SA-A & Aus-A really helped...

  • on August 4, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Congradu to Vusi for his maiden half century and l hope wil be cemented by ton each from Hami and Taylor. A splendid start for our guys, lets show them that they ar real minnows. Go Zim Go!!!!!!!!!!, oh wait...Eltiie is yet to, the danger is now in BD bowlers's hands.

  • crazycricketfan4life on August 4, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    All credit to Zimbabwe for making a strong return back to the test fold with such a dominant first day. I am a huge fan of Bangladesh cricket(being a Bangladeshi) but despite all the credit for Zimbabwe, if we just take 2 wickets in a day from a team which has returned to Tests after 6 years, I have to say that this is nothing less than appalling. We need to produce more seamers and that can only be helped if we create a playing environment for aspiring youngsters in the future. If we keep on producing the dead tracks we do, we will struggle in any region other than the sub-continent. The current attack we have is simply not good enough and without Mashrafe, pace bowling looks to be heading to the grave for BD. Taking nothing away from Zimbabwe, they totally took advantage of our shortcomings.