Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Harare, 4th day

Zimbabwe complete massive win

The Report by Mohammad Isam

April 20, 2013

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Zimbabwe 389 (Taylor 171, Waller 55) and 227 for 7 dec (Taylor 102*, Robiul 6-71) beat Bangladesh 134 (Jahurul 43, Jarvis 4-40, S Masakadza 4-32) and 147 (Cremer 4-4, Jarvis 3-75) by 335 runs
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Brendan Taylor runs through to complete his second century of the match, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, 4th day, Harare, April 20, 2013
Brendan Taylor scored his second century of the match © Associated Press
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Zimbabwe lifted themselves above Bangladesh's international stature with the whopping 335-run win in the first Test in Harare. Brendan Taylor's twin centuries and skillful swing and seam bowling finished off the game inside four days, as Zimbabwe took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

The game ended when Kyle Jarvis took a magnificent catch at deep fine-leg to give Graeme Cremer his fourth wicket, that of Robiul Islam, to bowl out Bangladesh for just 147. Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe declared their second innings on 227 for 7, setting Bangladesh an improbable 483.

Bangladesh, a long-time rival at the bottom of the world rankings, brings out the best in Zimbabwe, who came into this series on the back of five consecutive Test defeats. This time, Zimbabwe were far ahead mentally as they used their familiarity with the conditions in Harare to mighty effect. It was a crushing loss for the visitors who are at the backend of a much better season, and it will set them back a few steps as they head into the second Test in a must-win situation.

Taylor made 171 and 102 not out in a Test match that, till date, has been his most prolific. He was almost a one-man show, especially in the second innings when one wrong shot from him could have given Bangladesh a sniff. Zimbabwe were 84 for 6 in the second innings, but Taylor took Graeme Cremer under his wing as they staved off a rampant Robiul Islam.

He broke several records on the way too. He became the first Zimbabwe captain to have scored two hundreds in a Test and also has the highest score for a Zimbabwe captain. He also beat his previous best of 117 in the first innings, and added the highest score against Bangladesh under his belt.

With the ball, Zimbabwe were led by the impressive Jarvis. It was a complete domination of the Bangladesh batsmen as he, Shingirai Masakadza and Keegan Meth kept the ball up and used excellent lines. Jarvis finished with figures of 7 for 115 in the match, doing justice to the hype around him. Masakadza took five wickets in the game while Meth kept one end quiet as the other two went about knocking the batsmen over.

Cremer too played a useful hand with the bat, scoring 42 and 43. These were vital runs, as he added two big seventh-wicket partnerships with Taylor that frustrated Bangladesh greatly. He ended the game with four cheap wickets, capping off a fine all-round display. If Bangladesh's first-innings collapse of 9 for 32 was bad enough, their second-innings showing was equally poor. Shahriar Nafees' extra keenness at the start of Test innings cost him yet again. After scoring two consecutive boundaries, he created a big gap between bat and pad, played all over a full delivery from Jarvis and lost his off stump.

After the lunch break, Ashraful hardly got out of his self-induced shell as he looked to drag the game for as long as possible. Mahmudullah at the other end went after the bowling, and soon enough, perished. Whether he had seen substitute Sean Williams stationed at deep square-leg cannot be a valid point for a batsman at this level of cricket, but his innocuous pull shot said much about his muddled mindset. His dismissal again triggered a collapse as Shakib Al Hasan and captain Mushfiqur Rahim fell soon after. Similar to the first innings, Shakib was caught at gully but this time he wasn't fending. He has a unique way of playing a late cut which he guides past gully and point, but this time he couldn't keep the Jarvis delivery down.

Luck too wasn't on Bangladesh's side as two of the dismissals showed. Jahurul Islam was given out caught behind when the ball had appeared to flick his shirt on the way to the wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami. A prolonged appeal from the slips created enough pressure on the umpire Tony Hill.

Mushfiqur was brilliantly caught at second slip by Taylor, who jumped to his right and grabbed it one-handed. The Bangladesh captain's dismal Test was in far contrast to his opposite number.

Mohammad Ashraful's dim-witted run-out close to the tea break rounded off a forgettable session for the visitors. Cremer spun one past Ashraful's bat and wicketkeeper Mutumbami's gloves, but Taylor saved the ball at slip. Ashraful, thinking it had beaten Taylor, went off for a run and was duly run out amid loud laughter among the Zimbabweans, as he wasted another opportunity and the home side basked in the glory of a great performance.

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

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Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

World class teams never give lame excuses of losing the key players.Because there are enough replacements.Bangladesh doesn't have any.So they are complaining.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Am really pleased with the team but could the rest of the batsmen stand up and be counted. Can't be relying on Brendan to pull the rabbit out of the hat all the time.

Posted by UAETigers on (April 21, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Well I really laughs when BD fans call their team a bunch of lions!! Pardon me...but may be they are lions of a pound or small home made jungle!!! Please don't compare your mediocre test team against test playing nations!!! I always read and hear word "Improvement" from their fans...can you please tell me what has improved for them in tests since they got the test status? They should play 4 days games with A teams of test playing nation for 2 years and until they can win against them ...they shouldn't be allowed to play Test cricket as they are simply destroying this beloved format!!! an appeal to ICC by a test cricket lover!!!

Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

I wouldn't not criticize the players much, rather would criticize the team management and BCB, becoz;1) failing to pick the 3rd seamer in seaming condition, 2) after playing 1 day & t20 matches in low bouncy and flat pitches in SL, then directly sending into the longer version in opposite bouncy pitch without arranging any single practice match, 3) before coming in Zim, failing to arrange a single day practice (should arrange practice in bouncy & swinging pitch), 4) failing to make adequate gap between the SL & Zim trip as the whole team looked exhausted, 5) failed to pick fit players (Shakib,Nafees, Rubel looked unfit), 6) failed to pick inform players like mominul, marshal (wrongly picked mahmudullah), 7) failed to draw attention of ICC for the bias umpiring 8) failed to manage players fitness and injuries, 9) failed to give proper fielding coach & supporting stuffs, and above of all failed to build sporting/bouncy pitch, adequate longer version matches, absence of pacer hunt in home

Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

I wouldn't not criticize the players much, rather would criticize the team management and BCB, becoz;1) failing to pick the 3rd seamer in seaming condition, 2) after playing 1 day & t20 matches in low bouncy and flat pitches in SL, then directly sending into the longer version in opposite bouncy pitch without arranging any single practice match, 3) before coming in Zim, failing to arrange a single day practice (should arrange practice in bouncy & swinging pitch), 4) failing to make adequate gap between the SL & Zim trip as the whole team looked exhausted, 5) failed to pick fit players (Shakib,Nafees, Rubel looked unfit), 6) failed to pick inform players like mominul, marshal (wrongly picked mahmudullah), 7) failed to draw attention of ICC for the bias umpiring 8) failed to manage players fitness and injuries, 9) failed to give proper fielding coach & supporting stuffs, and above of all failed to build sporting/bouncy pitch, adequate longer version matches, absence of pacer hunt in home

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (April 21, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

BCB criticized players for this massive defeat. But the per4mance is due to Board. They haven't managed to organize a good First Class tournament so far apart 4m picnic FC season. This woeful per4mance will continue indefinitely unless BCB produce a top class First Class competition.

Posted by BARFI on (April 21, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

No execuse no more. Show action. You BD team insulted the whole nations of BD

Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (April 21, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

OMG.BD cant win with their world class opener Nafees +world best allarounder shakib.i think BD is one of the top test team with these players.because BD fans said BD can win easily vs SL with these players.but BD lost by 300+ runs vs ZIM.i can't understand.ooooooo...i enderstood.no Tamim[world most aggressive opener]and no Mashrafe[world best test bowler]thats why BD lost.with these two BD can win easily against any team.

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