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

Chigumbura's non-resistance

Plays of the Day from the fifth day of the second Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh

Non-resistance of the day
After Shingi Masakadza had shown immense patience in a vigil that lasted a minute short of two hours, Elton Chigumbura was required to emulate that. Instead, he threw it away. Two short mid-wickets were installed to latch on to anything airborne and Chigumbura gifted them a chance. He skipped out to a flighted delivery and chipped it to Robiul Islam in what was probably the softest dismissal of the match. His time at the crease was a mere nine minutes.

Shot of the day
With only one more wicket standing, Hamilton Masakadza, on 83, decided all there was left for him to do was try and get three-figures. He launched Ziaur Rahman onto the roof of the main pavilion after coming down the track. The second new ball, which was only in its fifth over, could not be found and was replaced.

Refused runs of the day
Masakadza eventually began to play a game within a game as he tried to protect Kyle Jarvis from the strike and also bring up his hundred. He turned the first ball of the 87th over to fine leg but it was done too softly to reach the boundary and too hard to allow for two runs. Jarvis wanted one but Masakadza turned him down. The second ball, he flat-batted to long-on, also with not enough on it to get four. There was ample time for a strolled single but Masakadza asked Jarvis to wait again. He sent the third ball over deep midwicket for six to bring up his third Test century and end the anxiety, before getting back to the job of trying to bat for as long as possible to keep defeat at bay.

Celebration of the day
Ian Gould raised his finger 21 minutes before the scheduled tea break to declare Jarvis out lbw and Bangladesh were winners of a Test in Zimbabwe for the first time. The players offered each other quiet high-fives and claimed the stumps as memorabilia but the wild chants came from the grass bank. Shoaib Ali, the team's tiger-suited touring fan, exploded into a roar unlike any of the ones he had been uttering all Test. His vocal cords produced new octaves as he leaned back to get the most out of them and yelled into the otherwise soundless Monday afternoon. If you needed to know how much this Test victory meant to the Bangladeshi fans, all you had to do was listen to him.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Nduru on April 29, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. As I thought, they came back hard at Zimbabwe, and Zim seemed not to have many answers. Still think a better coach could have helped them keep the momentum from the first test.

  • Nduru on April 29, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. As I thought, they came back hard at Zimbabwe, and Zim seemed not to have many answers. Still think a better coach could have helped them keep the momentum from the first test.

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  • Nduru on April 29, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. As I thought, they came back hard at Zimbabwe, and Zim seemed not to have many answers. Still think a better coach could have helped them keep the momentum from the first test.