Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day April 25, 2013

Zimbabwe strike, Bangladesh fight


Bangladesh 300 for 6 (Shakib 81, Mushfiqur 60) v Zimbabwe
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

On a day of nerves from both sets of players, Zimbabwe walked out happier after they picked up enough wickets to justify their decision to bowl. At stumps, Bangladesh were 300 for 6, and it was hard to say whether they, too, would be pleased with the outcome.

The error-ridden day was not pretty to watch at times. The home side almost gave away a good start by their bowlers in the afternoon but fought back through two wickets in the final session. They have the advantage of sitting on a 1-0 lead, which would help them to assess the Test later on.

Keegan Meth continued to bowl with the same discipline as he had in the first Test, keeping the batsmen on a tight leash with his line, length and sudden bursts of big movement. Kyle Jarvis had quite a disappointing day as the team's best quick bowler in the first Test. He bowled too full, and at times too wide. He, however, picked up a wicket late in the day.

Elton Chigumbura took two wickets, both gifted through absurd shots by Mominul Haque and Shakib Al Hasan. Shingi Masakadza also took one wicket, that of Mohammad Ashraful and that, too, off a poor shot.

The visitors had three almost similar sessions, losing two wickets in each. Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim helped the side to respectability through their 123-run fifth wicket stand after Bangladesh had slipped to 125 for 4 after lunch.

Shakib started off smoothly with three boundaries in his first 15 balls, but soon calmed down and supported Mushfiqur's recovery act. He reached his fifty off 84 balls, before launching into a bit of a four-hitting spree. But he fell in that trap, running out to Chigumbura late in the day to fall for 81 off 118 balls. He has now given away three opportunities to score Test hundreds in his last four Tests.

Mushfiqur, too, batted well, but just when he needed to see off the day, he fell leg-before to Jarvis around 20 minutes before stumps were drawn. He made 60 off 165 balls, an innings which was exactly what many before him could have done.

Tamim Iqbal's return to the line-up was important to the top-order but he was among the six batsmen to succumb to impatience rather than the bowling. He started off nervously before settling down and looking confident as he struck six boundaries. After spending some minutes on 49, the imminence of the landmark got the better of him. He rushed towards the non-striker's end, only to see Masakadza's direct hit catching him short.

Mominul, too, looked committed to a proper innings. But he, too, joined the soft-dismissal parade. In an attempt to keep a rising ball down, he chipped the ball down the throat of extra cover. It was yet another promising innings that was nipped in the bud. It all started with Jahurul Islam at the stroke of the first drinks break.

Jahurul and Tamim added 44 for the first wicket before the former holed out in the covers where Malcolm Waller ran back to complete the catch. Jahurul's restlessness was noticeable throughout his stay in the first hour, but here was a batsman who was again setting himself up for a big innings after blunting out the bowler's attempts.

But as has been his problem after battling out the initial foray, Jahurul tried to blast Meth down the ground and fell. He had earlier survived three chances, being dropped off Meth in the second over of the match as well as two run-out opportunities. Ashraful followed him back to the dressing room soon after to make it 58 for 2. He toed a pull off Masakadza and was easily caught at gully. His innings could have been even shorter than the 4 he made if Meth could have gathered the ball cleanly in the 18th over.

Tamim, too, could have been run out in the first overs of the first two sessions, and was also dropped catch in the slips. There were chances galore in the final hour of play too. Mushfiqur was dropped at square-leg by Graeme Cremer after he skied a pull before Brendan Taylor dropped Nasir Hossain at slip off Cremer. Ziaur Rahman survived a run-out chance in the 83rd over.

Zimbabwe's fielding was frustrating, but they will remain positive because of the conditions in Harare. Late in the second session and throughout the final session, legspinner Cremer found turn and bounce to his liking which would add to the general sense of advantage which the fast bowlers have felt on this wicket. They could still bank on Bangladesh's impatience in their bid to gain control.

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

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  • Faisal Sarkar on April 26, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Zimbabwe now have hard task on their hand. They have to be patience. They should punish the bad balls and play good balls with responsiblity. Not taking risk is key to succed in test. I saw Bangladesh played some risky shot, what is really unneccesery. Zimbabwe really have to play their own game. Playing loose or risky shot could cause them out. Though i don't want this, as a Bangladesh fan.....:)

  • Faisal Sarkar on April 26, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Bangladesh had been doing a great job in test. They improved so much as they now have ability to compete with any other test playing country. But all they need now, is nothing but consistency. They has to be consistent and confidence, but not over-confidence. Thats the key.

  • Shabbir on April 26, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    LOL.... I am loving Robiul Islam! He frustrated ZIM batsman in the first match with his 9 wicket haul and now he's frustrating ZIM bowlers. BD will be very happy with their score of 391. Many BD fans and of course non-BD critics will be harsh on the batters for giving away their wickets. However look at the stats and you will see that BD have been very consistent. OK, against AUS, SA or other teams it may not be enough but with a team like ZIM, its a very very competitive target.

    TV commentators are talking up the ZIM batsman and how the wicket has become one favouring batting ... over to the ZIM top order to prove them right. Over to Robiul et al to show the opposite.

  • Salim on April 26, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    good batting today from Nasir more sensible should try keep Zim on the field as long as possible and then have a crack at them with the bowl

  • ashrafur on April 26, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    This time BD need to bowl twice good as they did in 1st test. In this pitch more batter will play like taylor for sure.

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @ Ain_EL_Sabet ,bro I m afraid it will b too late by den,its useless havin ur best player posted remotely n expectin 2 bring stability. in my view nasir can win u guys alone given he has tym n partners of some repute at da otha end,i rememba how well he played our bowlers n I was really amazed by dat u know y,coz our bowlin attack is arguably da best n it was no different wen we last played againt Bd, ,as I asked 4 him earlier lemme say it again let us have him let alone his battin his fieldin skills can earn him a place in our side,,,,,

  • nathaniel on April 26, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    @ Aryan Khan , to me Nasir Hossain is the most talented and promising cricketer in Bd team so far. He is truely a sharp talented batsman who can also do pace balling and a bit of spin. But the reason why he is given so late in the order is no other batsman in Bd team can handle pressure at that late stage. May be its good for the team as a whole for now but I really think its not good for Nasir Hossain individually becuz it doesnt give him opportunity to improve/develop as he would have at number 4 and the fact that he gets tail anders to partner at number 7. If nasir plays at middle order its better for future of Bd but Bangladesh only look at present (the series or game currently at hand) .

  • Pete on April 26, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    I really enjoy the format of having a proper Test on in the evening (in Australia) and one or two IPL match-ups for a bit of light relief. Great opportunity to get to know Zim and BD cricket. I recommend scheduling such series during IPL every year (maybe get Ireland, Namibia, Kenya involved, too - a US-Canada quasi-Test series would be fantastic too)!