Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 5th day April 29, 2013

Bangladesh level series despite Hamilton ton


Bangladesh 391 (Shakib Al Hasan 81, Chigumbura 3-75) and 291 for 9 dec (Mushfiqur 93, Nasir 67*, S Masakadza 4-58) beat Zimbabwe 282 (Chigumbura 86, Mutumbami 42, Robiul 5-85, Gazi 4-59) and 257 (H Masakadza 111*, Rahman 4-63, Shakib Al Hasan 3-52) by 143 runs
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Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 143 runs and levelled the two-match series 1-1, bringing parity after going down miserably in the first Test. It was Bangladesh's first Test win since August 2009, and their fourth victory overall. Their maiden Test win had come against Zimbabwe in 2005 before they beat West Indies 2-0 almost four years ago. The victory also brought a winning end to a season in which Bangladesh made progress as a Test side.

Zimbabwe's last-wicket pair of Hamilton Masakadza and Kyle Jarvis held up Bangladesh for 11.3 overs, but their resistance ended when Jarvis fell leg-before to Shakib Al Hasan 20 minutes before the tea break.

Bangladesh made it to the finish line with help from an unlikely quarter. Debutant Ziaur Rahman was hardly expected to be an influence with the ball but he picked up 4 for 63 with his medium pace, playing the role of the third seamer. Forced to give up pace bowling due to a debilitating knee condition, Rahman has played a lot of his recent cricket as a batting allrounder.

Zimbabwe gave a good account of their fighting ability too, but they failed to reproduce the impressive showing from the first Test. They were bowled out for 257, having extended the game beyond lunch.

Hamilton Masakadza was steadfast at the crease, reaching his third Test hundred with a massive six. The hundred came off 212 balls and included ten fours and four sixes. The unbeaten knock was far better than the numbers suggest, given that most of his runs came while batting with the tail.

For all of his effort, Masakadza could not have saved the Test on his own. The Bangladesh bowlers managed to get the required wickets easily: Shingi Masakadza missed a sweep shot just after the drinks break, Elton Chigumbura chipped one down short midwicket's throat and Richmond Mutumbami dragged the ball on to the stumps after the lunch break.

Ashraful took the wicket of the younger Masakadza, who made 24 off 90 balls. It was the first breakthrough of the morning, after 18.1 overs. Soon after, Chigumbura was caught by Robiul off Sohag Gazi's bowling. Mutumbami was dismissed by Ziaur Rahman, who also took the wicket of Graeme Cremer, edging the ball to Nasir Hossain at first slip.

Cremer and Mutumbami were expected to be stumbling blocks but the Bangladesh bowlers did not give in to Zimbabwe's resistance. Keegan Meth, batting with a right knee injury, was the ninth wicket to fall and the lbw decision went Bangladesh's way after a loud and prolonged appeal; not the first doubtful decision of the match.

Robiul, who was named Man of the Series, also reached another landmark in the Test. He became the first Bangladesh pace bowler to bowl more than 100 overs in a Test series, surpassing the record previously held by Khaled Mahmud, who bowled 99 overs in a three-Test series against Pakistan in 2003.

It was perhaps apt that the two teams ended on even terms. There were periods of attritional cricket and both teams made several mistakes. The umpiring was shoddy, too, but in the end, the series will be remembered for performances from Brendan Taylor and Robiul.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    BD is not a team of only Shakib & Tamim anymore! Every one is a match winner, everyone is contributing for BD now! Nasir, Robiul, Mushfiq, Ziaur, Ashraful, Gazi are doing in great guns! And still there are many great names likes Mashrafee, Anamul, etc are missing for injuries and other reasons and some young talented cricketers are also waiting in the pipeline! So, i see a great future for BD cricket!

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    What a performance by Zim!!!. Mark my word, if Zim is provided half of cricketing opportunity as compared to lackluster Ban, Zim would certainly improve considerably. I see a dark times for Ban, they have a very long way to go from here....

  • maeen on May 2, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    defeating by more than 300 runs in the first test against ZIM was not a matter of surprising as they (tigers) are young enough but the speech of mr.Boycott was the most embarassing for the tigers . criticism like this regarding an immatured team was not right at all

  • MD.Zakaria on April 30, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    At first I want to give thanks to Tigers for their massive win. Though BD won the match but they did some mistakes too and I am very hopeful that BD will do better in ODI matches than test matches. So best of luck for them.

  • Farhan on April 30, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    I don't understand why some people keep talking about that Bangladesh winning 4 test out of 79 test etc. What happened in past its done we can not change it but if we do it right here we can get a good future. For me what matters is that we played 4 test this year Won 1 Drew 1 and lost 2. Yes we should have won 2 test against Zimbabwe but that one loss doesn't change anything. Read it somewhere that hate make people blind. I think that's what happened with our haters, Now that we won a test they need to find something to complain about so they are keep talking about what happened in past.

  • Fahad on April 30, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Well played both teams but why didnt they play three test match series

  • mohammad on April 30, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Anti_iAnon67 You are saying one sided.Zimbabwe's record in Bangladesh are miserable from 2004.There performance against Bangladesh is miserable in Zimbabwe too except 2011 series.

  • Chris on April 30, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @Ibanni - Looks like your prediction totally backfired if I can recall :) I'm glad people are worried about the threat Bangladesh Cricket poses to the rest of the cricketing world and honestly, we should embrace it because its only good for Cricket. I remember in years 00-06 where Bangladesh 9/10 gets beaten so heavily but since the 07 World Cup where our Tamim, Shakib, Rahim etc have emerged, Bangladesh have made heaps of progress. In the last 2 years, they have beaten several top teams India, Sri Lanka, West Indies etc and are now not losing test matches by an innings and now drawing/winning some.

  • Maqsood on April 30, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe! Great outcome in getting the series leveled 1 all against a side that was expected to have won 2 nil and apparently against a side "that has made vast strides in test cricket!!!" ( 4 wins in 13 years of test cricket). Bad luck in the 2nd test and but that's sport. Hope ICC gives you guys more opportunities to play test cricket or more 4 days games with A teams from other test playing nations. Good luck for the ODI!