Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe, 1st Test: Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Harare, Apr 17-20, 2013
Zimbabwe won by 335 runs
Played at Harare Sports Club
17,18,19,20 April 2013 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

Maruma walks out to bat in his first Test. His opening partner is Vusi Sibanda. Robiul to start off

Shamol: "It will be an interesting match having small battles inside Chigumbura-Shakib, Taylor-Mushi, Masakadza-Ashraful, Gazi-Cremer. Hmmm looks BD guys favourite though. We'll see."

At the toss, Mushfiqur said he would want to take advantage of the green tinge on the Harare wicket. His opposite number would have bowled first too, but he knows what the wicket will be like, and taking on the spinners would be key to their approach.

Elton Chigumbura is also back. He was out of the team for a while, and Firdose Moonda spoke to him about what he's had to do to get back.

Golam: "Good morning to all of you ! Wow !! Exciting / exciting ! The Harare time & mine in Stockholm is precise accurate & I am sitting in front of my pc like en owl with all the excitement ! Hoping for good cricket all around !"

Keegan Meth is making his Test debut as well.

Here are the XIs (not a 100% sure of these, but we are reasonably confident):

Zimbabwe: Maruma (debut) , Sibanda, H Masakadza, Taylor, Waller, Mutumbami (debut), Chigumbura, Cremer, Meth, S Masakadza, Jarvis

Bangladesh: Nafees, Jahurul Islam, Ashraful, Mushfiqur, Shakib, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Gazi, Enamul Haque, Rubel, Robiul Islam

Toss: Bangladesh have won the toss and will bowl first in Harare. We'll get you the teams shortly. Word is that Tamim Iqbal isn't in the starting XI for Bangladesh. He's still recovering from the thumb fracture he picked up in Sri Lanka. Mominul Haque, Shahadat Hossain and Sajidul Islam also miss out.

Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of this Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. We are in the middle of an IPL season, and it's a touch refreshing to see cricketers in white kits again playing the five-day format. These are the two bottom-ranked teams in Test cricket, but have their own points to prove. Bangladesh have been part of the Test family since 2000, but have been criticised for their lack of progress, though their performances in ODIs have been significantly better. Do remember, they were beaten by Zimbabwe not so long ago when the Zimbabweans returned from a period of self-imposed isolation from Tests. Bangladesh may start favourites, given they play more Tests and did well against Sri Lanka recently. But don't rule out Zimbabwe's chances. Here's our preview to the match. And this is your link to all the news around this series.

0.1

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, short of a good length outside off, moves away and he shoulders arms to that one

0.2

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, short of a good length, rocks on the back foot this time to tap it back to the bowler

0.3

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, slides that one down the leg side, too wide but isn't called since this is a Test

Three slips and a gully in place

0.4

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, on a good length outside off, rocks forward and opens the face a little as he plays it into the off side

Big Dog: "As this is the only 'real' cricket being played at the moment, you have my undivided attention."

0.5

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, slightly short outside off, getting it to move away a little and he shoulders arms to let that through

Patch: "Bah, I would have loved to see Meth opening on the greenish wicket, apparantly he moves it around plenty. It's about time he got a gig, I know it's only Zimbabwe domestic cricket, but that is a lot of wickets at an amazing average."

0.6

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, dropped, oh dear, sitter, short of a good length, Maruma surves on Test debut, moved away and he tried to fish for that, got a thick edge and Shariar Nafees at first slip spills it, straightforward chance

Andrew: "Why is Maruma opening? He always bats between 5 and 6 in FC cricket. He's a good player, but surely someone else would make a better opener? You know, like an actual opener."

End of over 1 (maiden) Zimbabwe 0/0

    • T Maruma 0 (6b)
    • V Sibanda 0 (0b)
    • Robiul Islam 1-1-0-0

Rubel Hossain to bowl now

1.1

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, on a good length on middle, on target, defended off the front foot into the off side

Three slips and a gully again

1.2

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back and taps it in front of cover

1.3

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, beaten, bowled from slightly wide of the crease, got that to move away again and he was defending it inside the line

1.4

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, slightly short outside off and he shoulders arms to leave that one be

1.5

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, back of a length outside off, moving away and he lets that one go

1.6

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, back of a length on middle, gets on the back foot and drops it down in front of square leg

End of over 2 (maiden) Zimbabwe 0/0

    • V Sibanda 0 (6b)
    • T Maruma 0 (6b)
    • Rubel Hossain 1-1-0-0
    • Robiul Islam 1-1-0-0

James: "Good to see Keegan Meth playing test cricket. Seem to recall he had an horrific injury a couple of years ago."

2.1

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, this one held its line, rocked forward to defend and went across a little, struck really high on the pads, would have gone over

2.2

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, in the channel outside off, shoulders arms to let that one go through

Cwif Man: "Real cricket is back! Yay! Now we just have to wish that both these teams can raise their games. Drops, batsmen fishing early, these are things they can do away with."

2.3

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, slightly short outside off and gets that to move away, leaves it be

There is a short leg in place. Three slips and a gully. No swing yet, there is a bit of movement off the pitch though

2.4

Robiul Islam to Maruma, 3 runs, full on the off and that's neatly driven, rocks forward and just pushes it through the line for three more, Maruma is off the mark in Test cricket, it could have been different

2.5

Robiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, angling in towards middle, gets on the back foot and plays it down the track to the bowler

2.6

Robiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, short of a good length and moves away, leaves that one alone as well

End of over 3 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 3/0

    • V Sibanda 0 (8b)
    • T Maruma 3 (10b)
    • Robiul Islam 2-1-3-0
    • Rubel Hossain 1-1-0-0
3.1

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, no run, shortish on middle and off, gets on the back foot and plays it back to the bowler

3.2

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, 1 run, shortish on middle, played it away off his hips towards square leg for a single

3.3

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, slightly short on leg stump, strikes him high on the pads as he tries to turn it square

3.4

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, shortish on the off and moves away to just go past the outside edge, Sibanda dropped his hands on that one

3.5

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, holds its line this time, bowled from wide of the crease, leaves it alone to the keeper

3.6

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, appeal for a catch, superb delivery, wide of the crease again and angling in towards the off stump, it landed and shot away to beat the outside edge as he came forward to defend, both keeper and bowler went up but didn't seem like an edge there

End of over 4 (1 run) Zimbabwe 4/0

    • V Sibanda 0 (12b)
    • T Maruma 4 (12b)
    • Rubel Hossain 2-1-1-0
    • Robiul Islam 2-1-3-0
4.1

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, driving length but the batsman isn't tempted, steps forward and leaves that one alone to the keeper

4.2

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, slightly wide of off stump, rocks forward and shoulders arms to that one, held its line

4.3

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, struck on the pads, a little high there, angling in towards middle and it cramped him as he rocked back to defend

4.4

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, full on the off, rocks forward and pushes it back to the bowler

4.5

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, in the channel outside off stump, leaves that one alone to the keeper as it moved away

4.6

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, fullish on the pads, on leg stump, and may have been drifting down as he tried to play that, drops into the leg side, didn't swing towards middle or even move

End of over 5 (maiden) Zimbabwe 4/0

    • T Maruma 4 (18b)
    • V Sibanda 0 (12b)
    • Robiul Islam 3-2-3-0
    • Rubel Hossain 2-1-1-0
5.1

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, FOUR, thrashed, short and wide, width and he cashes in, slashes it past point for a boundary, first boundary of the game

5.2

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, back of a length on middle and off, gets back and plays it down towards gully

5.3

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, bowled that in the channel outside off, sees it through to the keeper

5.4

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, angling in towards off and middle, drops it into the off side from the crease

Ismail: "I have no idea why Mominul is not playing. Mahmadullah's performance in the last series against Srilanka was enough to get Mominul in the team, atleast in tests."

5.5

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, hitting the bat hard, goodish length on the off, knocks that one down in front of cover

5.6

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, slightly short outside off and that's been left alone to the keeper again

End of over 6 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 8/0

    • V Sibanda 4 (18b 1x4)
    • T Maruma 4 (18b)
    • Rubel Hossain 3-1-5-0
    • Robiul Islam 3-2-3-0

Shabs: "The Zimbabwean batsman have made a slow but steady start. They seem to be ready to let the balls go and not bother with them if they are outside the channel. Game of patience!"

6.1

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, big appeal for lbw, struck on the pads as he gets forward, ooh, did that move away? Might have, landed on off and appeared to go away, struck on the pads, may have missed off

6.2

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, fullish outside off, gets forward and opts to let that go through to the keeper

6.3

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, goodish length, gets forward and pushes that towards cover from the crease

6.4

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, fullish outside off, moving away, induces him to come forward and push at that one, then gets it to move away at just the right time to beat the outside edge

6.5

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, shortish outside leg stump, down the leg side and that's a wasted delivery

Avijit: "Bangladesh need early wickets to put pressure on Zim. Unfortunately we haven't seen anything like that." They could have got one in the first over

6.6

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, appeal for a catch, not given, on a good length and it may have just come back in, beat him through the gate as he came forward to defend, may have just clipped the trouser on the way to the keeper, Mushfiqur went up immediately but Tony Hill wasn't interested

End of over 7 (maiden) Zimbabwe 8/0

    • T Maruma 4 (24b)
    • V Sibanda 4 (18b 1x4)
    • Robiul Islam 4-3-3-0
    • Rubel Hossain 3-1-5-0

Ali: "I still don't get why Imrul Kayes doesn't play, this is the only form of the game in which his strike-rate would be permissible. He can survive for long too."

7.1

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, slightly short on middle, nips back in from the off, drops it into the leg side

luke: "So, Grant Flower think Timmy has one of the best techniques in the country - he'd know better than I but then why isn't he batting higher in his Franchise? Tino is injured and Ervine has opted out! good, some things answers"

7.2

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, 1 run, back of a length outside off, punches it towards point from the crease, mistimes it and gets a single

7.3

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, no run, nice ball, pacy, back of a length and moves away and Maruma withdraws from that one

7.4

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, no run, edged and short, short of a good length and he tries to stab that from the crease, went down and fell short of Mahmudullah at second slip

7.5

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, 1 no ball, in the channel outside off, leaves it alone, called a no-ball

Hasan Arif: "Dropped catch in the very first over! Not a good omen?! Best possible eleven of Bangladesh other than the obvious absence of Tamim. Good opening overs by the quickies! Just need the break!"

7.5

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, no run, pitched up on the off, steps forward and defends that one towards extra cover

7.6

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, no run, short of a length outside off, leaves that one be, moved away but was a touch too wide there

End of over 8 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 10/0

    • T Maruma 4 (29b)
    • V Sibanda 5 (20b 1x4)
    • Rubel Hossain 4-1-7-0
    • Robiul Islam 4-3-3-0
8.1

Robiul Islam to Sibanda, OUT, yorker, what a delivery and Sibanda has been sent back, Timbaaa! Fiery and full on middle and Sibanda just missed as he tried to defend it from the crease, the middle stump flew towards the keeper, that's how comprehensively bowled Sibanda was

V Sibanda b Robiul Islam 5 (37m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 23.80

Hamilton Masakadza walks in. Robiul has a nice round-arm action, just looks better when a batsman is yorked from someone who bowls with that kind of an action. Fidel Edwards comes to mind

8.2

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, beaten first up, Hamilton is drawn forward to defend, it nips away to just go past the outside edge

8.3

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, beaten again, fullish and it moves away, rocks forward to drive and it misses the outside edge once more

8.4

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, 2 runs, too straight and turns out to be half-volley on the pads, driven wide of mid-on, through midwicket, for a couple of runs

8.5

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, in the channel this time and he lets it go through to the keeper

luke: "four consecutive crackers from robiul ... Zim could be in for a tough test!!"

8.6

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, 2 runs, ooh, gets a thick inside edge as he tries to drive it straight, curved away and it went past square leg to fetch them a couple

Sunny skies in Harare, an almost-empty ground though. Independence Day in Zimbabwe tomorrow so expectations are that there'll be nice holiday crowd in.

End of over 9 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 14/1

    • H Masakadza 4 (5b)
    • T Maruma 4 (29b)
    • Robiul Islam 5-3-7-1
    • Rubel Hossain 4-1-7-0
9.1

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, no run, Rubel bowls that full outside off, gets to to angle in and he left that alone to the keeper, wasn't too far from the off stump

9.2

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, no run, angling in towards middle, gets on the front foot and pushes it towards mid-on

Hasan Arif: "And Rabiul got the first break just as we were expecting! Good to see such a fantastic display of Bangladeshi pacers' swing bowling!"

9.3

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, 1 no ball, banged in short outside off and he sways out of the way well, called a no-ball

Ahsan: "Bit of Waqar in that delivery, boy you must be proud that you bowled that special delivery even if only once."

9.3

Rubel Hossain to Maruma, 1 run, short of a good length, lucky there as he tries to leave that, belatedly, gets an inside edge just past the stumps

9.4

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, back of a length outside off, leaves that one to the keeper

9.5

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, slightly short outside off again and that's been left alone as well

9.6

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, sticking to that outside-the-offstump line and he lets that one go through

End of over 10 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 16/1

    • H Masakadza 4 (8b)
    • T Maruma 5 (33b)
    • Rubel Hossain 5-1-9-0
    • Robiul Islam 5-3-7-1
10.1

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, slides that one down the leg side and it's been called a wide, I'm kidding, this is a Test

10.2

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, gets front and across to that one and defends it back towards the bowler

10.3

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, goodish length, moves away and he lets that one go through to the keeper

10.4

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, angling in towards middle, tries to knock it into the leg side from the crease, appeared to get a bit of a leading edge into the off side

10.5

Robiul Islam to Maruma, FOUR, nicely played, bowled it fullish on middle and leg, got across and clipped it off his pads, past the diving square leg, for four

Siddharth: "Keegan Meth averages suggest that he's the Vern Philander of Zimbabwean domestic cricket. I really hope he translates that success into the test scene like Big Vern did."

10.6

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, appeal for lbw, was there an inside edge? Was it going over? Was it missing leg? Landed on middle and appeared to nip back in, struck him on the pads as he came across to defend, not sure it would have gone over, seemed to have struck him in line with leg, would it have gone down? A really close call that, the batsman survives

End of over 11 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 20/1

    • T Maruma 9 (39b 1x4)
    • H Masakadza 4 (8b)
    • Robiul Islam 6-3-11-1
    • Rubel Hossain 5-1-9-0

A change in bowling, Nasir Hossain, who we've see bowl off-spin, is now bowling seam-up

11.1

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, full and way too wide, left alone to the keeper

Two slips for Nasir, an excellent one-day cricketer. Multi-skilled, very good in the middle order

11.2

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, and again, the batsman won't bother playing those

11.3

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, on a good length outside off, moving away and he leaves that to the keeper

Steven: "Watching Zim bat at the HSC brings back great memories of me steaming in from the Golf Course End and getting dispatched for a huge six by the legend, Andy Flower way back in 2000. Think the ball is still in the kegs gutter!"

11.4

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, bowled it full outside off, Hamilton lets that through to the keeper

Narayanan S: "Good choice of time for scheduling a test series between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. During the IPL, people who are exasperated from all the hyperbole, may look for solace in some good old test cricket even if it is between two minnows."

11.5

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, 1 leg bye, sliding this one on the pads, turns it wide of square leg for a single

11.6

Nasir Hossain to Maruma, no run, much closer to the off stump this time, leaves that one alone as it moves away

End of over 12 (1 run, maiden) Zimbabwe 21/1

    • T Maruma 9 (40b 1x4)
    • H Masakadza 4 (13b)
    • Nasir Hossain 1-1-0-0
    • Robiul Islam 6-3-11-1
12.1

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, appeal for lbw, we've seen a few of those today, gets front and across to a delivery that stuck to its line, angling in towards middle, seemed to get an inside edge onto the pads

12.2

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, dropped it short outside off, leaves it alone to the keeper as it moves away

12.3

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, full and wide and he tries to smash that through the covers, got him playing at that, missed as it just went past the outside edge

Aman: "Steven: Don't keep us in suspense, tell us more! What was the match and context?"

12.4

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, slightly short on middle and leg, struck on the ribs as he tries to turn the face on that one

12.5

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, shortish outside off and it moves away, Masakadza leaves that one alone to the keeper

12.6

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, angling in towards middle, pushes that one back towards the bowler

End of over 13 (maiden) Zimbabwe 21/1

    • H Masakadza 4 (19b)
    • T Maruma 9 (40b 1x4)
    • Robiul Islam 7-4-11-1
    • Nasir Hossain 1-1-0-0

At drinks, Zimbabwe have seen off 13 overs. There has been some encouraging movement in the surface. Bangladesh would have probably liked to have one more wicket at this stage, they dropped Maruma in the first over. A slow start for the hosts.

MD. Kishwar Shafin: "@Narayanan S: How much do you want to see before you stop calling Bangladesh 'minnows'. This 'minnows' are the runner up of Asia Cup 2012, Won a ODI series against West Indies, Drawn a ODI series against mighty sri lankans. Drawn a test match. And all of them happened in recent past. Still 'minnows' ??" Strong views there, Kishwar. Not sure if Narayanan was speaking generally or specific to Tests. I think it may have been the latter.

13.1

Nasir Hossain to Maruma, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves that one alone to the keeper

Sidharth Satpathy: "@MD. Kishwar Shafin: If you call a 'drawn test match' as an achievement, then I really think minnows is a fair assessment. They are a long way off from being considered threats.

13.2

Nasir Hossain to Maruma, 1 run, gets on the back foot and knocks it into the off side for a single

Porosh: "@Narayanan S, i do have lot more interest in this test match rather than watching IPL. for your kind of information i am yet to see a single match of IPL."

13.3

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, in the channel outside off, came back in a hint, leaves that alone to the keeper

Xaki: "Robiul is bowling brilliantly. Nice to see such an energetic spell from a bd pacer.. It's a rarity in our Bd cricket. Very few pace bowler can bowl 7 overs at a stretch."

13.4

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, this one nips away, not a lot of pace but he's moving it around, short of a good length and he tries to stab at that one, just goes past the outside edge

13.5

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, angling in towards middle, turns it into the leg side towards square leg

13.6

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, bowled it full on middle, defends it into the off side, plays it towards cover

End of over 14 (1 run) Zimbabwe 22/1

    • H Masakadza 4 (23b)
    • T Maruma 10 (42b 1x4)
    • Nasir Hossain 2-1-1-0
    • Robiul Islam 7-4-11-1
14.1

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, beaten again, getting it to move away from a good length, gets forward and it leaves the batsman, just escaping the outside edge

14.2

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, on a length, not tempted to drive, leaves this one alone to the keeper

14.3

Robiul Islam to Maruma, no run, banged in short on the off and he sways out of the way in time

Nazmul: "@MD. Kishwar Shafin: I am as much of a Bangladeshi fan as you. However, I still do not think Bangladesh are good enough yet to remove the tag of 'minnows'. Nonetheless, they are improving series by series which is only encouraging for Bangladeshi supporters like ourselves. We need many more drawn Tests, ODI series victories against those just above us in the rankings i.e. New Zealand, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Then we can have the confidence to compete with the 'big guns' like India, South Africa, Australia and England."

14.4

Robiul Islam to Maruma, OUT, appeal for lbw and has been given, it seemed like it was missing leg but I may be wrong. Lands on a length on middle and leg and it moved further down, got across to defend, was struck on the pads, marginal call it seems, may have clipped the stumps or gone down, we need to take another look, but Tony Hill reckons it is out, and that's what matters. Two down, the openers are gone

T Maruma lbw b Robiul Islam 10 (71m 46b 1x4 0x6) SR: 21.73

Brendan Taylor walks in. Replays - there is no ball-tracking or pitch map available for us watching on TV - suggest it may have gone on to hit leg

14.5

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, a thick inside edge first up, appeared to go back in as he came forward to defend

Levi Pearce: "I hope BT and Waller don't come out and try to be over aggressive due to the current rate. They need to just bat naturally which is quick enough. I just hope they know that. Better to be 1/50 at lunch than 4/100."

14.6

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 22/2

    • BRM Taylor 0 (2b)
    • H Masakadza 4 (23b)
    • Robiul Islam 8-5-11-2
    • Nasir Hossain 2-1-1-0
15.1

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, A touch too wide there and that's been left alone to the keeper

Tamim: "Its painful to see Zimbabwe batting but i am happy to see the bowling of Robiul and Rubel.... Bowling consistently in right channel, tremendous!!! I didn't see this kind of fast bowling in last 4-5yrs from Bangladesh"

15.2

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, bowled that one in the channel again and this one kept its line, leaves it be

Two slips

15.3

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, 1 run, back of a length on the off, drops that one in front of cover for a quick single

15.4

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, no run, bowled from slightly wide of the crease, angled it into the batsman, left it alone, just wide of the off stump

15.5

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, no run, bowls that outside off and he shoulders arms to that one

Jack: "Zim playing today just increases the case for Ireland to be immediately granted test status with full amnesty to all Irish qualified players. Thus Eion Morgan and Boyd Rankin can immediately play test cricket for Ireland. The Irish team will at least compete with these two teams."

15.6

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, no run, appeal for lbw, Taylor padded up to what seemed like a straightish delivery, angling in towards middle and leg, would have probably gone down and may have been too high as well

End of over 16 (1 run) Zimbabwe 23/2

    • BRM Taylor 0 (5b)
    • H Masakadza 5 (26b)
    • Nasir Hossain 3-1-2-0
    • Robiul Islam 8-5-11-2

Ab Hossain: "Seems like it was a great decision to have a bowl first! Hopefully Mushfiqur Rahman will break the duck that has befallen so many Bangladeshi captains visiting Zimbabwe in the past. Also hoping that the wicket flattens as the day goes on, because I still remember what Jarvis did with the ball the last time we visited this part of Africa!"

16.1

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks on the back foot and pushes it towards extra cover

16.2

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, slightly short on middle and leg, gets back and turns it into the leg side

16.3

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, in the channel outside off this time, shoulders arms to let that through

16.4

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, 3 runs, some shape there for the bowler, swung away and Masakadza rocked forward to that one and drove it through the covers

Narayanan S: "@ MD. Kishwar Shafin: I apologize for the minnows comment. It may be because as Indians of this generation, we never had to go through the pain of hearing our team being called as such that we come up with time and again. But I still think that what I said had some context atleast in terms of test matches. Only 3 wins in 77 test matches and 66 defeats(35 of them innings defeats) is not a very promising record."

16.5

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves that one alone to the keeper

16.6

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, pushed it full on the off, rocks forward and stabs it towards cover from the crease

End of over 17 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 26/2

    • BRM Taylor 0 (7b)
    • H Masakadza 8 (30b)
    • Robiul Islam 9-5-14-2
    • Nasir Hossain 3-1-2-0
17.1

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, too wide, getting it to swing now but too wide, leaves it alone

Shabs: "@Jack, I would love to see the green-men play test cricket. It would give Bangladesh and Zim another place to travel and play test cricket and increase the competition at the lower end of the table."

17.2

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, closer to the stumps but still wide enough for him to leave it alone

Andrew: "@Jack: Giving Ireland test status right now wouldn't be the way to go, but having them and Afghanistan play regularly against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh would surely have to be the way forward. It can only benefit all four teams."

17.3

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, pushed it full on middle, drives it down towards mid-on from the crease

17.4

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, moving away from outside off and he shoulders arms to leave that one alone

17.5

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, slightly short on the off, rocks back and pushes it towards cover

17.6

Nasir Hossain to H Masakadza, 1 run, punched away, crunched it nicely towards deep cover for a single

End of over 18 (1 run) Zimbabwe 27/2

    • H Masakadza 9 (36b)
    • BRM Taylor 0 (7b)
    • Nasir Hossain 4-1-3-0
    • Robiul Islam 9-5-14-2

Chiko: "People are quick to make cases for Ireland and all the other nations to also play tests...with who?? the senior teams?? they wouldn't stand a chance. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are weak in comparison to the big nations. those other teams rarely win against Zimbabwe in any format. to pit them in against these guys in a "test", would be a travesty"

Rubel runs in

18.1

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and defends it into the off side

luke: "Jack is right ... and given their 'secret' interest in a number of Zim, Aus and SA players. they should be in good stead to maintain their place"

18.2

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, leaves that incoming delivery alone, nipped back in from outside off, shoulders arms

18.3

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, slanting that one towards middle, gets forward and across to play it straight, ends up rolling into the off side

18.4

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, watches that one go through

18.5

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, in the channel outside off, moving back in and he leaves that one alone to the keeper

18.6

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, drops that one short on the off, drops it towards point from the crease

End of over 19 (maiden) Zimbabwe 27/2

    • H Masakadza 9 (42b)
    • BRM Taylor 0 (7b)
    • Rubel Hossain 6-2-9-0
    • Nasir Hossain 4-1-3-0

Mashid Rahman: "@ Andrew and Jack - If Afghanistan and Ireland been given a chance, it would be rather useful to have two leagues. League A consists of South Africa, Australia, England, India, Pakistan and Srilanka. And league B should consist of West Indies, New Zealand, BD, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland. Every two years, top two teams from Group B to be promoted to Group A and bottom two of Group A to be relegated to Group B."

Time for some spin now. Enamul Haque jnr is the man. Surprise, surprise, he is a left-arm spinner. A slip and a silly point

19.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushes it into the off side

faisal: "@ Jack: Ireland should be granted test status. They deserve it. It will be great learning experience for BD to tour Ireland. They don't get chance to play in Irish/English condition"

19.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, stretches forward and pushes it towards cover

19.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, SIX, Brendan Taylor hits the first six of the Test, tossed up, he dances down the pitch and launches that over the long-off boundary, clean strike

19.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, slightly short on the off, gets a single punching that towards long-off

Levi Pearce: "@Ab Hossain: Kyle Jarvis did the majority of the damage late on day 4 and on day 5."

19.5

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, slightly short on the off, rocks on the back foot and drops it into the off side

19.6

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, 2 runs, sweetly struck, flighted on the off, drives it through extra cover, a dive from the fielder there but he is unable to stop it

End of over 20 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 36/2

    • H Masakadza 11 (44b)
    • BRM Taylor 7 (11b 1x6)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 1-0-9-0
    • Rubel Hossain 6-2-9-0
20.1

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves that one alone to the keeper

Sudipta: "Its high time a two-tier test cricket format (of either 6 or 7 teams in each tier) is created with one team being promoted/relegated each 4 years. This ensures a battle of almost-equals, also adding new countries like Ireland, Afghanistan, Canada, Netherlands etc. to the test fold."

20.2

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, down the leg side, tries to glance that one fine, misses

20.3

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves that one alone to the keeper

20.4

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, drops that short on the off, gets on the back foot and knocks it down in front of cover

20.5

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, fuller outside off and that's been left alone to the keeper

Cwif Man: "While there is a race to get to Test No. 1 every year, there is no system that penalises teams for finishing at the bottom. Maybe it's time ICC should consider relegating the bottom two every year. The top two associates would love that chance, isn't it?"

20.6

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, shorter this time, keeps its line outside off and he leaves that alone to the keeper

End of over 21 (maiden) Zimbabwe 36/2

    • BRM Taylor 7 (17b 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 11 (44b)
    • Rubel Hossain 7-3-9-0
    • Enamul Haque jnr 1-0-9-0
21.1

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, tossed up on middle, gets a stride out and plays it back towards the bowler

21.2

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, shortish outside off, turns away and he lets that one go

21.3

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and pushes it down the pitch

Hriday: "It's really unusual nowadays to watch 36-2 after 21 overs; especially during IPL season...my wife asking me what type of game is this??"

21.4

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, floating it on the off, rocks forward and defends it to the silly point fielder

21.5

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, shortish outside off, cracked away towards extra cover from the crease

21.6

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, FOUR, shorter one on middle and it's a long hop, Masakadza gets on the back foot and pulls it hard over midwicket for a boundary

End of over 22 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 40/2

    • H Masakadza 15 (50b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 7 (17b 1x6)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 2-0-13-0
    • Rubel Hossain 7-3-9-0

Steven: "The calls for a two tier system have been going on for so long one wonders why the ICC hasn't done anything about it. Maybe they worry about TV revenue, but it will benefit the game ten fold if the so called minnows played regular cricket in varying conditions (Afghanistan, Ireland, Canada, Netherlands). Relegation and Promotion will also make teams fight more. Win win for cricket if you asked me. But the guru's at the ICC only see money so, I wouldn't hold my breath"

22.1

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, bowled that one on a length outside off and Taylor leaves that through to the keeper

22.2

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, fullish on the off, gets forward and plays it towards mid-on

Maysun: "As a Bangladesh cricket fan, I am with the idea of having a two tier league in Tests. Because, I am almost fed up of having to wait a year just to catch my country play a single Test, which let's be honest, is not great. The critics question our Test status on one hand, and no one plays us on the other. So, a two tier league would definitely shore up our FTP schedule with more longer versions of the game and provide us the opportunity, as well as the other nations, to play the longer format and get more accustomed to it."

22.3

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, this one appears to dart away from a good length, he leaves it alone to the keeper

Justin Smyth: "Luke obviously has no idea about irish cricket with his comment about secret interest in other countries players. Cricket ireland have spent alot of time and money putting development plans in place. The interpro's tournaments are going to be introduced this year which is going to form the basis of the first class structure over here. If only the big test nations stopped pinching Irish players (yes England i do mean you) then what could Ireland achieve?"

22.4

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, bowls that one in the channel again, gets forward and shoulders arms to that

luke: "no tier system is on its way but a championship where Ind, Pk, Eng, SA, SL and Aus play each other home and away. WI and NZ play each of the above once + Zim, BD, each other + 1 once (with the chance of replacing one in the top league - or being replaced by a team in the 'second league'). Finally, BD/ Zim/Ire +1 (or2) play each twice in a cycle. Everyone gets to play above themselves and ther'll be more cricket for us minnows"

22.5

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, slightly short outside off and that's been let through to the keeper

Tim: "While I love the idea of promoting Afghanistan and Ireland I don't believe any side should be considered for tests even if their team is strong. Until the general sporting public in Canada and Netherlands genuinely follow their cricket side the teams should not gain test status."

22.6

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, short of a good length outside off again, leaves that be

End of over 23 (maiden) Zimbabwe 40/2

    • BRM Taylor 7 (23b 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 15 (50b 1x4)
    • Rubel Hossain 8-4-9-0
    • Enamul Haque jnr 2-0-13-0

Shahzeb Saadat: "There are only eleven or twelve countries where cricket has mentionable following. So why the talk is going on for tier based cricket ? Ideally even if North Korea wants to play test cricket, we should get them in."

23.1

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, angling it towards off stump, gets forward and plays it down to silly point

Tahmid: "I don't think 2 league test will help the countries like BD or Zim. You have to play against better teams to learn. If two league is implemented it will surely hinder the progress of those two teams. ICC can introduce regular 4 day test series for associate countries. It will help them to learn the craft of test match."

23.2

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and punches it towards mid-on

23.3

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, flatter this time from round the wicket, gets forward and defends it into the off side

23.4

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, 1 run, drives that flighted delivery towards long-off for a single

23.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, slightly short outside off, plays it away into the off side

Marcus: "All of the suggestions about a 2 tiered system sound great in theory, but they would actually hurt the nations in the lower division financially, given that they would no longer get TV rights money from hosting India and other big name teams. In the long run, this would mean less money to invest in the game, and would actually hurt the performances of these teams."

23.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, pushes him back with a slightly short one, drops that onto the pitch

End of over 24 (1 run) Zimbabwe 41/2

    • BRM Taylor 7 (25b 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 16 (54b 1x4)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 3-0-14-0
    • Rubel Hossain 8-4-9-0

BJ: "Why is there an obsession with a tiering system for test cricket? I reckon its just fine and dandy the way it is. So what if there are "minnows" that keep getting crushed. That happens in all sports. What really needs to be addressed is the number of test matches all the current nations play annually (and I'm not just talking about the two teams on show here)."

24.1

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, full outside off, drives that into the ground and towards extra cover

Farhan: "All this talk about Bangladesh not doing well in tests is laughable because Bangladesh shouldn't be expected to produce results like SA, AUS, PAK, or India because they are playing for only about 13 years, whereas the other current top teams have been playing for many many years. And that experience led them to where they are right now. So we can expect Bangladesh to get better, which they are doing recently, but we can't expect them to be one of the top teams so soon!!"

Farhan: "All this talk about Bangladesh not doing well in tests is laughable because Bangladesh shouldn't be expected to produce results like SA, AUS, PAK, or India because they are playing for only about 13 years, whereas the other current top teams have been playing for many many years. And that experience led them to where they are right now. So we can expect Bangladesh to get better, which they are doing recently, but we can't expect them to be one of the top teams so soon!!"

24.2

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, holds its line this time, bowled on a good length and keeps its line, leaves that one alone

Banglaman: "Theses second-tier teams are already playing Intercontinental Cup cricket, which is a step below Test cricket. Once they are ready, they can play Test matches against all the top teams. No need to relegate any team in order to promote others - there are plenty of spaces for everyone."

24.3

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, bowls it towards middle, gets on the front foot and stabs it towards cover

24.4

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, fires it on a good length outside off and that's been left alone to the keeper

24.5

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, FOUR, Masakadza goes hard at that one, full and wide and that's struck hard through cover and point, in the slot for the batsman and he cashed in

24.6

Rubel Hossain to H Masakadza, no run, angling in towards middle and leg and that's driven towards mid-on

End of over 25 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 45/2

    • H Masakadza 20 (60b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 7 (25b 1x6)
    • Rubel Hossain 9-4-13-0
    • Enamul Haque jnr 3-0-14-0

JerBish: "We have had a single tier Test structure for years and look at the result - BD & Zim have NOT progressed. Time to try something different! A two tier system would help the associates break through the glass ceiling, would provide more 'Test' cricket for BD, Zim, etc., and allow for promotion & relegation to give emerging nations a genuine chance to progress."

25.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, floating it on middle, rocks forward and plays it back to the bowler

25.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, shortish on the off, rocks on the back foot and taps it to silly point

"Bhaalo, bhaalo," says Mushfiqur, praising his bowler

25.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, gets on the back foot and tickles that into the leg side for a single

25.4

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, angling it towards the off stump, defended with a stride towards extra cover

25.5

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, floating it on the off, reaches forward and guides that towards point

25.6

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and crunches that hard towards silly point who is hit on the leg, no major damage done

End of over 26 (1 run) Zimbabwe 46/2

    • H Masakadza 20 (63b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 8 (28b 1x6)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 4-0-15-0
    • Rubel Hossain 9-4-13-0

Baundule: "No team can improve without playing regularly against stronger oppositions. Football is much more democratic than Cricket and the result is obvious. Bangladesh is lucky to win that ICC Trophy final in 1997 against Kenya. Cricket became popular overnight. Teams like Afghanistan or Ireland, and in some extent, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, are not getting enough international matches let alone Test Cricket."

Some medical attention for the silly point fielder. Sohag Gazi has been brought on now, for what could be just one over for him before lunch.

26.1

Sohag Gazi to Taylor, no run, slightly short, turning in and that's been knocked into the leg side

Has a slip and a short leg

26.2

Sohag Gazi to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up outside off, dabbed into the off side and they've taken an easy single

Niloy: "Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should tour each other at least once a year given the free time these teams have every year. It will benefit both teams as Zimbabwe will improve on playing spin while Bangladesh will get exposure to seam friendly wickets. Bangladesh have been attracting a lot of local sponsors lately so sponsoring should not be a problem either."

26.3

Sohag Gazi to H Masakadza, no run, gets on the back foot and pushes it down the pitch

26.4

Sohag Gazi to H Masakadza, no run, around a good length, not turning in sharply, limited so far, pushed into the off side

26.5

Sohag Gazi to H Masakadza, no run, gets on the back foot, turns in from outside off and he taps it into the off side

26.6

Sohag Gazi to H Masakadza, no run, gets back and defends it towards short leg

End of over 27 (1 run) Zimbabwe 47/2

    • H Masakadza 20 (67b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 9 (30b 1x6)
    • Sohag Gazi 1-0-1-0
    • Enamul Haque jnr 4-0-15-0

Banglaman: "@JerBish: Wholesale blame on the single-tier system is unfair. A little deeper analysis of the lack of progress of Bangladesh and, especially, Zimbabwe in the last ten years reveals varied reasons. What have you to say about Kenya, who effectively belongs to the second-tier and still reached the WC semifinals in 2003?"

27.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, flighted on the off and that's been defended towards silly point

27.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, gets a stride out, head still and it's defended into the ground

27.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, angling it towards middle, knocked down in front of silly point

27.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, shortish on the off, rocks on the back foot and plays that to silly point again

27.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, short, punched off the back foot towards long-off for a single

27.6

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, some more air this time, on middle and that's pushed back to the bowler

End of over 28 (1 run) Zimbabwe 48/2

    • H Masakadza 20 (68b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 10 (35b 1x6)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 5-0-16-0
    • Sohag Gazi 1-0-1-0
28.1

Sohag Gazi to Taylor, no run, ooh, was in the air for a while, Brendan Taylor may have just got a leading edge as he tried ti turn the face there, landed wide of short leg

28.2

Sohag Gazi to Taylor, no run, lands slightly short on middle and spins down leg

28.3

Sohag Gazi to Taylor, no run, gets on the back foot and turns it in the direction of short fine leg

28.4

Sohag Gazi to Taylor, 2 runs, gets outside the line to that one and sweeps it fine, deep backward square leg runs across and cuts it off to keep them to two

28.5

Sohag Gazi to Taylor, no run, floating it full on the off, defends it solidly back to the bowler

28.6

Sohag Gazi to Taylor, no run, takes that on his body as it turns down the leg side, and that's lunch

A slow start for Zimbabwe and they lost their openers early, but these two have steadied the innings. Robiul bowled well, that ball to get rid of Sibanda was something. But Zimbabwe are steady now and these two will be looking to survive for long as the pitch gradually begins to ease out. The lunch report should be ready in a bit.

Shreya Tanzin: "Sorry, but can we stop the two-tier talks? Yes, BD don't have enough results, but let's face it , they are learning, and learning well from playing with the top guns of Test cricket. Make it two-tier, and it will yo-yo land for BD, Zim, Ireland. Excel against the lower tier teams and get thrashed by the upper-tier... speaking of which, I am pretty sure BD would make it to the top-tier loking at their current form for the past about 18 months, compared to Australia, (thanks India!) or NZ, Pak (thanks SA!) and if it had been a few months back, even India (thanks England!)...Now, the two-tier system doesn't look like the best thing ever anymore, does it, BD haters?"

See you guys at the other side of the break, at 12.40pm local time

End of over 29 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 50/2

    • BRM Taylor 12 (41b 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 20 (68b 2x4)
    • Sohag Gazi 2-0-3-0
    • Enamul Haque jnr 5-0-16-0

We're pretty much ready for the start of the post-lunch session. The players are out in the middle. Enamul Haque jnr to bowl

29.1

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, 1 run, angling in towards middle and leg, turns it into the leg side for a single

29.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, flighted on the off, gets forward and square-drives it towards point

29.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, gets on the back foot and works it behind square for a single

29.4

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, shortish on middle, punched back towards the bowler

29.5

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, angling in towards middle, reaches forward and knocks that into the off side

29.6

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, tossed up again, lands on a length outside off and it's defended wide of silly point

End of over 30 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 52/2

    • H Masakadza 21 (72b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 13 (43b 1x6)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 6-0-18-0
    • Sohag Gazi 2-0-3-0

Saqlain Mushtaq is at the ground, he's Bangladesh's bowling consultant. Robiul to bowl from the other end

30.1

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and taps it towards cover

30.2

Robiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, back of a length on middle, turns it into the leg side past square leg off the back foot for a single

30.3

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, slightly short on the off, gets back and pushes it down the pitch to the bowler

30.4

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, pushed it fuller this time, Masakadza stepped forward, got to the pitch and drove it towards mid-off

Two slips and a gully

30.5

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, dragged that one really wide outside off, he didn't bother about that one

30.6

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, did that swing in? Would have gone down leg, stifled appeal for lbw, tries to go across and work it square, struck on the pads but that did too much

End of over 31 (1 run) Zimbabwe 53/2

    • H Masakadza 21 (76b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 14 (45b 1x6)
    • Robiul Islam 10-5-15-2
    • Enamul Haque jnr 6-0-18-0
31.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, floating it full on middle, gets forward and defends him to extra cover

31.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and taps it to cover

31.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, flighted on middle, gets forward and dabs it away into the off side

31.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, on a good length this time, angling in towards middle, tapped away into the off

31.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and punches it to the bowler

31.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, flighted on middle, Taylor reaches for that one and plays it down the pitch

End of over 32 (maiden) Zimbabwe 53/2

    • BRM Taylor 14 (51b 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 21 (76b 2x4)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 7-1-18-0
    • Robiul Islam 10-5-15-2
32.1

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, struck on the pads, nipped back in from middle, high, too high, as he tried to defend off the back foot

32.2

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, goodish length on the off, rocks forward and defends that one towards cover

32.3

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, slightly short on middle, shows the full face as he plays it back to the bowler

32.4

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and knocks it down on the pitch

Two slips for Robiul

32.5

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, shortish on the off, rocks back and pushes it down to the pitch

32.6

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, a hint of away movement on that one, rocks forward and stabs it towards cover

End of over 33 (maiden) Zimbabwe 53/2

    • H Masakadza 21 (82b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 14 (51b 1x6)
    • Robiul Islam 11-6-15-2
    • Enamul Haque jnr 7-1-18-0

Not the most exciting brand of cricket, this, one of these might have to push on a little, else the innings will just stagnate

33.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up on the off, drives it towards long-off for a single

33.2

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, shortish outside off and that's cracked hard off the back foot towards extra cover, can't beat the gap

33.3

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, 2 runs, punches that one past extra cover for a couple of runs this time

33.4

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, reaches forward and plays it back to the bowler

33.5

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, floating it outside off, gave it some air, Masakadza chose to let that one go through, wasn't too far from off, went on staight

33.6

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, pitches it on a length outside off, defended towards cover

End of over 34 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 56/2

    • H Masakadza 23 (87b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 15 (52b 1x6)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 8-1-21-0
    • Robiul Islam 11-6-15-2
34.1

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, ooh, nicely bowled, aiming for a yorker, bowled it on middle and Taylor, a touch uneasily, pushed it back towards the bowler

34.2

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, in the channel outside off and it moves away, leaves it alone to the keeper

TIO: "Enamul was the higest wicket taker in the u-19 world cup where Shikhar Dhawan was the highest run scorer. Hope Enamul restart his int'l career the way Dhawan started it."

34.3

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, pitches that up on the off, drives it back straight towards mid-off

34.4

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, ooh, got a bit of shape away there, Taylor covered it well as he rocked forward and defended it towards cover

34.5

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, pushed it full on the off and he plays that through the line towards mid-off

34.6

Robiul Islam to Taylor, 2 runs, on the pads and that's an easy scoring opportunity, clipped through midwicket into the deep for a couple of runs

End of over 35 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 58/2

    • BRM Taylor 17 (58b 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 23 (87b 2x4)
    • Robiul Islam 12-6-17-2
    • Enamul Haque jnr 8-1-21-0
35.1

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, not a lot of turn here for Enamul, angling it towards middle, stabs it towards silly point

35.2

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, gets forward and defends that one towards point

35.3

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, 1 run, gets well outside the line and tries to improvise, a paddle played a little fine for a single

35.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, superb ball, we talked about the lack of turn, this one did turn, flighted on the off and enticed him to come forward, and left him just at the right time to go past the outside edge, Mushfiqur took off the bails but Taylor didn't leave the crease

35.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, slightly short, gets on the back foot and punches it back to the bowler

35.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, pitches it up on the off and that's driven straight to extra cover

End of over 36 (1 run) Zimbabwe 59/2

    • BRM Taylor 17 (61b 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 24 (90b 2x4)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 9-1-22-0
    • Robiul Islam 12-6-17-2
36.1

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, 1 wide, banged in short on middle, perhaps the first bouncer of the day, ducks under that one, the umpire gives it a wide for height

36.1

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, bowled in the channel outside off and he shoulders arms to that too

36.2

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, still getting a bit of shape away, gets forward and drives it back to the bowler

36.3

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, beaten this time, though he pretended to withdraw there, short of a good length and it nips away

36.4

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, short ball down the leg side and Masakadza has nothing to do with it

36.5

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and across and defends it to cover

36.6

Robiul Islam to H Masakadza, no run, well played but can't beat mid-off, reaches forward to that good length ball and drives it towards mid-off

End of over 37 (1 run) Zimbabwe 60/2

    • H Masakadza 24 (96b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 17 (61b 1x6)
    • Robiul Islam 13-6-18-2
    • Enamul Haque jnr 9-1-22-0

Zimbabwe, racing away here

37.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, floating it on middle, gets forward and plays it down the pitch

37.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, shortish on middle and leg, turns it behind square for a single

37.3

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, floating it on middle and leg, knocked away into the leg side

37.4

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, 1 run, floating it on the off, sweeps it square into the deep for a single

37.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, shortish on the off, punches it off the back foot to long-off for a single

37.6

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, no run, angling towards middle, strides forward and taps it into the off side

End of over 38 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 63/2

    • H Masakadza 25 (99b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 19 (64b 1x6)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 10-1-25-0
    • Robiul Islam 13-6-18-2

Avijit: "These two are bowling well at the moment, but the captain can try Ashraful for a much needed breakthrough, as there are no wickets for more than 20 overs, or may be the pitch has become easier to bat?"

It has eased out, but Zimbabwe need to step up a little here, get more singles coming.

38.1

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched off the back foot to extra cover

Rahat: "Well, looks like a test match like this isn't real test for temparment of the players only, it tests our temparment too."

38.2

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, goodish length on the off, rocks forward and defends it towards extra cover

38.3

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, beaten, superb delivery, half-volley, or it seemed like it to Brendan Taylor, gets forward to drive it through the line but there was a bit of swing there, and a bit of movement off the track to just go past the outside edge

Tickets, I am told, are priced at two dollars at the HSC.

38.4

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, fullish outside off, driving length but Taylor isn't interested, shoulders arms to that one

38.5

Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, short of a good length outside off, shoulders arms to that one

Umang: "Not able to decide: should you be jealous of your colleague who is covering IPL or should he be jealous of you?" The other way around, I guess. A Test in the middle of a 76-game T20 extravaganza is a welcome diversion

38.6

Robiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, gets forward to that one and plays it wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 39 (1 run) Zimbabwe 64/2

    • BRM Taylor 20 (70b 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 25 (99b 2x4)
    • Robiul Islam 14-6-19-2
    • Enamul Haque jnr 10-1-25-0
39.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, flighted on the off, that's been driven towards long-off for a single

39.2

Enamul Haque jnr to H Masakadza, OUT, Enamul's patience pays off, kept probing around off and middle, this one was bowled on a good length outside off, turns away, Masakadza rocks forward to defend, it takes the outside edge and Mahmudullah at slip fumbles on the first attempt but takes it well on the second

H Masakadza c Mahmudullah b Enamul Haque jnr 25 (123m 100b 2x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Waller is the new man

39.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Waller, 1 run, starts off positively, short on the pads and that's been pulled away towards deep backward square leg for a single

39.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, slightly short on the off, punched off the back foot towards mid-off

39.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Waller, 1 run, angling in towards middle, gets a thick inside edge towards square leg as he comes forward

39.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, slightly short on the off, punched towards extra cover

End of over 40 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 68/3

    • BRM Taylor 22 (73b 1x6)
    • MN Waller 2 (2b)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 11-1-29-1
    • Robiul Islam 14-6-19-2

Two slips for Waller

40.1

Robiul Islam to Waller, no run, angling in towards middle, gets forward and turns it towards square leg, got across there, seems to be looking to score straightaway

40.2

Robiul Islam to Waller, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves that one alone to the keeper

40.3

Robiul Islam to Waller, 2 runs, full on the pads and he flicks that one away through square leg for a couple of runs

40.4

Robiul Islam to Waller, no run, looking to drive that through extra cover was Waller, got a thick inside edge back to the bowler

40.5

Robiul Islam to Waller, no run, short of a good length and this one holds its line, leaves that one alone

Hasan Arif: "Ya...it seems we're getting impatient! But our cricketers are doing OK. And the patience just paid off! No wonder patience is the other name of this game!"

40.6

Robiul Islam to Waller, 2 runs, covered that one by moving across as it was bowled straight, gets a thick inside edge, through square leg, for a couple of runs

End of over 41 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 72/3

    • MN Waller 6 (8b)
    • BRM Taylor 22 (73b 1x6)
    • Robiul Islam 15-6-23-2
    • Enamul Haque jnr 11-1-29-1
41.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, flighted on middle, goes inside out for that and drives it towards extra cover

41.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, held it back this time, gets on the back foot and defends to extra cover

41.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, outside the off stump and a bit of away turn, shoulders arms this time

41.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, shortish on the off, punched off the back foot towards extra cover

41.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, moves back again and there's a misfield after he strikes that to extra cover, a single to long-off

41.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Waller, no run, pushes him all the way back, slower through the air, Waller moves back and drops it dead on the pitch

End of over 42 (1 run) Zimbabwe 73/3

    • MN Waller 6 (9b)
    • BRM Taylor 23 (78b 1x6)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 12-1-30-1
    • Robiul Islam 15-6-23-2

SkylaDark: "I'm really looking forward to seeing Chigumbura. Seeing him in the BPL was refreshing."

Rubel is back, two slips and a gully for him

42.1

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, back of a length on middle, rocks back and taps it into the off side

Steve Austin: "I've noticed that Taylor tends to play positive cricket when Waller's at the crease with him. I hope that trend continues because defending bluntly will not stop wickets from falling like Masakadza's."

42.2

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, slightly short on the off, rocks on the back foot and defends to point

Skb: "Mushfiq should be wary about overusing Robiul. Bangladeshi fast bowlers do have a bad track record in terms of injuries. Don't want to lose Robiul for the second test and see Shahadat bowling again."

42.3

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, quicker, this one, back of a length and got to dart back in, Taylor moved back, was surprised a bit by the pace there and dropped it into the leg side, more like fended away

42.4

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, that one went the other way, goodish length, gets a bit of away movement and he left that one alone

42.5

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, well fielded at mid-off, Ashraful's the man, that was pitched up and he drove it wide of mid-off and Ashraful threw himself to his left there to save three runs, well done

42.6

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, bowled slightly short outside off and he sees that through to the keeper

End of over 43 (1 run) Zimbabwe 74/3

    • MN Waller 6 (10b)
    • BRM Taylor 24 (83b 1x6)
    • Rubel Hossain 10-4-14-0
    • Enamul Haque jnr 12-1-30-1

Hasan Arif: "Taylor is the main obstacle for Bangladesh. The way he is dealing with the Bangladeshi spinners is a testament of his gains from the BPL."

43.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up on the off, gets to the pitch and drives that one down towards long-off

43.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Waller, 3 runs, didn't get hold of that one, short and he picked the length early, rocked back to pull it over midwicket but didn't connect as well as he would have liked, three more to Waller after it landed safely

43.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, another single, quicker through the air this time, full, driven past the bowler to long-off

43.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Waller, no run, went straight on with the arm and he left that one alone, was outside off

43.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Waller, 1 run, slightly short on middle and leg, gets back and tickles it through square leg for a single

43.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, punches it off the back foot towards extra cover

Time for drinks, Zimbabwe have picked up their scoring-rate slightly after lunch. Taylor's looking solid and Waller has done well to push the scoring during his brief stay

End of over 44 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 80/3

    • BRM Taylor 26 (86b 1x6)
    • MN Waller 10 (13b)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 13-1-36-1
    • Rubel Hossain 10-4-14-0

Tim: "Big plus for Bangladesh is that while Islam has the wickets so far the other bowlers are still keeping the pressure. Mushy can afford to rest his spearhead and keep him fresh for burst spells."

44.1

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, bowled on a good length on the off, rocks forward and defends it towards cover

44.2

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, on a good length again but it was a little wider, left alone to the keeper

44.3

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, shortish on middle, rocks back and pushes it down the pitch

44.4

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, back of a length on the off, tries to tap it into the off side, gets an inside edge onto the pads

44.5

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, shortish on the off, pushes it towards cover from the crease

44.6

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, slightly short on the off, pushes it towards cover from the crease

End of over 45 (maiden) Zimbabwe 80/3

    • MN Waller 10 (19b)
    • BRM Taylor 26 (86b 1x6)
    • Rubel Hossain 11-5-14-0
    • Enamul Haque jnr 13-1-36-1
45.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, FOUR, Improvisation from Taylor, fetches it from the off stump and sweeps it well over square leg, there is a deep backward square leg in place but this beats him

45.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, beauty, turned away sharply and bounced, angled in towards off and just spat away to surprise everyone, Taylor did well to drop his hands down on that one

45.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run

45.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, flatter on the off, gets forward and taps it into the off side with a big stride

45.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, shortish and holds its line, gets on the back foot and pushes it to extra cover

45.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, wider and turns away and Taylor lets it through to the keeper

End of over 46 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 84/3

    • BRM Taylor 30 (92b 1x4 1x6)
    • MN Waller 10 (19b)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 14-1-40-1
    • Rubel Hossain 11-5-14-0
46.1

Rubel Hossain to Waller, 1 run, bowled that full on the off, aiming for a yorker again, dug out past cover for a single

46.2

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it towards mid-off

46.3

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, 3 runs, played that away from his body a little but was effective in the end, short of a length and he punched it through the covers for three more runs

46.4

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, held its line, good carry through to the keeper, on a good length outside off and he lets it be

46.5

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, a little short this time, gets on the back foot and stabs it into the leg side

46.6

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, banged that in short, was the slower bouncer, Waller ignored it

End of over 47 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 88/3

    • MN Waller 11 (23b)
    • BRM Taylor 33 (94b 1x4 1x6)
    • Rubel Hossain 12-5-18-0
    • Enamul Haque jnr 14-1-40-1

Quite a few e-mails from readers about why Shakib isn't bowling. Shakib is playing purely as a batsman in this Test, and should be ready to bowl in the second Test. He is recovering from a stress fracture in his right shin.

47.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, tossed up on the off, pushes it towards the bowler from the crease

47.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor gets outside the line to that one and paddles it fine for a couple of runs

47.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, tossed up on the off, gets an inside edge on the pads as he rocks forward

47.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, fullish on the off and he defends it in front of the bowler

47.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, on a good length outside off, taps it towards point off the front foot

47.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, nice sound of bat hitting ball, struck it sweetly but to extra cover

End of over 48 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 90/3

    • BRM Taylor 35 (100b 1x4 1x6)
    • MN Waller 11 (23b)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 15-1-42-1
    • Rubel Hossain 12-5-18-0

Sohag Gazi is back. Has a slip, leg slip and a short leg

48.1

Sohag Gazi to Waller, no run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot and drops it into the leg side

48.2

Sohag Gazi to Waller, no run, turns in from outside off, pushed it back to the bowler

48.3

Sohag Gazi to Waller, no run, rocks on the back foot and knocks it in front of short leg

48.4

Sohag Gazi to Waller, FOUR, short on middle and it's pulled hard, seized the length early again, pulled it hard through square leg for a boundary

48.5

Sohag Gazi to Waller, no run, a bit more air on that one, gets forward and pushes it to the bowler

48.6

Sohag Gazi to Waller, no run, shortish on the off, gets back and guides that one to point

End of over 49 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 94/3

    • MN Waller 15 (29b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 35 (100b 1x4 1x6)
    • Sohag Gazi 3-0-7-0
    • Enamul Haque jnr 15-1-42-1

The IPL cannot be ignored, it's all around us. Here's the latest from Pune Warriors v Sunrisers Hyderabad

49.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, gets forward and knocks it into the off side

49.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 2 runs, dropped, tough chance but still a drop, Taylor had a rush of blood there, stepped out and just lofted that flighted delivery without much intent, it was to the left of long-off and Shahriar was the man there, ran in a few yards and moved to his left and dived low but couldn't hold on

Second drop for Nafees today, far more difficult chance than the first

49.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run

49.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, 1 run, presses that away for a single

49.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Waller, no run, played into the leg side off the back foot

49.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Waller, no run, beaten, angling in and then turning away, sharply again, landed on the off and spat away to just evade the outside edge, good stuff from Enamul

End of over 50 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 97/3

    • MN Waller 15 (31b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 38 (104b 1x4 1x6)
    • Enamul Haque jnr 16-1-45-1
    • Sohag Gazi 3-0-7-0
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