Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Harare April 20, 2013

Taylor 273, Bangladesh 281

Stats highlights from Zimbabwe's 335-run win against Bangladesh in Harare

When the series began, Bangladesh were considered slight favourites, based on their impressive performances in two Tests against Sri Lanka. Zimbabwe, though, turned in an utterly dominant display over four days in Harare. Here are the stats highlights from the Test:

  • The 335-run margin is Zimbabwe's biggest Test win in terms of runs. They've won ten Tests so far, of which six have been against Bangladesh, and two each against India and Pakistan. Against Bangladesh they have a dominant 6-1 record, and have won five of six Tests at home, including all four in Harare. Given that Harare is also the venue for the second Test, this doesn't bode well for the visitors.

  • Bangladesh's margin of defeat is their second-largest, in terms of runs, in Tests - against Sri Lanka in Chittagong, they'd lost by 465. This is their third defeat by 300-plus runs: they'd also lost to England by 329 runs at the same venue in 2003.

  • Bangladesh's performance was particularly disappointing because they didn't even put up a semblance of fight, against an opposition they were fancied to beat. None of their batsmen managed even a half-century - the highest was Jahurul Islam's 43 in the first innings, followed by Mohammad Ashraful's 40 and 38. The last time they didn't notch up a single 50-plus score in a Test was in Bloemfontein in 2008, when they were bundled out for 153 and 159 by South Africa, and lost by an innings and 129 runs. In 21 Tests since that game and before this one in Harare, they had at least one score of more than 50.

  • In the first innings, Bangladesh's last eight batsmen, from No. 4 to No. 11, totalled 18 runs among them, the lowest in Bangladesh's Test history.

  • In the two Tests in Sri Lanka before this tour, Bangladesh's batsmen had played more than 180 overs in each match. This time, they lost 20 wickets in 103.3 overs, which works out to an average of a wicket every 31 deliveries. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, lost 17 wickets in 216.3 overs, an average of a wicket every 76 balls. In their first innings, Bangladesh lasted 325 balls, only one more than the number of balls Brendan Taylor played for his 171, while in the second innings Bangladesh didn't even last that long, getting bundled out in 49.2 overs. In the entire match Bangladesh scored 281 runs, Taylor alone had a match aggregate of 273.

  • The only player who emerged from the thrashing with his reputation enhanced was Robiul Islam, the right-arm seamer. Robiul took six wickets in Zimbabwe's second innings and finished with a match haul of nine, becoming only the second seamer from Bangladesh, after Shahadat Hossain, to take nine in a match.

  • While Bangladesh had little to cheer, apart from Robiul's lion-hearted display, Zimbabwe had many heroes. Their bowlers were all among wickets, but the batting star was their captain, Brendan Taylor, with innings of 171 and 102 not out. It was only the 14th instance of a captain scoring hundreds in each innings of a Test, while Taylor became the 12th captain to achieve this feat. (Ricky Ponting did it three times.) Taylor's match aggregate of 273 is the third-best by a Zimbabwean - only Andy Flower has scored more runs for them in a Test.

  • In his last seven Tests, since 2011, Taylor has averaged 59.50, with four hundreds in 14 innings. In ten Tests before that, he had averaged 21.10, with a highest of 78 in 20 innings.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    BCB is continuously failing to manage fitness and injuries of the players which caused heavily in the SL and now in Zim tour, failed to give proper physio, trainer and fielding coach & supporting stuffs! why do BCB criticize the players for the failure, rather they should only criticize themselves for not taking the right strategy, planning, effort, activities to go for right direction of BD cricket! Very pathetically alll efforts of BCB now, are to organize the picnic cricket like BPL! But BCB failed to build a single sporting/bouncy pitch so far, failed to organize adequate longer version and 1st class matches & tournaments and the complete absence of pacer hunt activities & training!

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    BD was outplayed in all depts...All credit to Zimbabwe!!!

  • yuvraj on April 21, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @abcdef_12345. zimbabwe has only two cricket grounds and they dont have a good financial background. So its understandable, they are trying to cut down extra travelling cost from here. But I cannot forget the thrashing they gave to BD in the 1st test. Waiting to see the same in the second test. This time it will be 500 runs margin.

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2013, 16:32 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

  • joel on April 21, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    well done Zimbabwe, considering the lack of funding, as well as having a poor political situation.

  • mohammad on April 21, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    If for their own gain, Zimbabwe play both the tests in Harare(which is not common to others in a tour), why Bangladesh does not play all of their test matches in Chittagong which is their lucky ground?We could whitewash Zimbabwe in 2005 had the second test been played in Chittagong instead of Dhaka.

  • Manesh on April 21, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Incredible performance by ZIM. With three debutantes in the team against a best batting line up (labelled by BD fans!) and still won the match by 335 runs!

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Looking at asharful's batting talent, I sometimes wonder, was he selected too early. It doesn't help when you are selected at teenage years (not knowing whether you are good enough) and part of a weak team, as you lose the ability to bat long in the crease. I mean even Sachin Tendulkar, for all his hundreds didn't get a double until the end of 1990's (which is why I think people reckon he is not a match winner), while someone like dravid (who came in after playing well in domestic cricket for a long time) got his first double in the first couple of years.

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    I was very impresses with Zimbabwe on the bowling front. Cremer was getting good turn on the ball turning from leg to off. As one of the commentators said, jarvis was swinging the ball from middle to off with good control (shows pure pace is not the only way to get wickets). Also good to see taylor occupying the crease. The problem with this side is lack of self confidence. They got to believe in themselves more when playing against the bigger sides. Bangladesh (especially batsman) on the other hand were overconfident thinking if we can score 500 against windies and Sri Lanka, then what harm can Zimbabwe do. Only Mohammed Asharful actually looked like wanting to occupy the crease. But that sudden brain freeze only showed inability to concentrate for long hours .

  • Sami on April 20, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    The headline makes it seem like the match was Taylor vs Bangladesh and which, to my understanding, shows how weak Bangladesh are when it comes to test cricket. Nobody should even think of the SL test which was drawn, firstly SL had a weak bowling line-up and asian wickets....well...you know it.

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