Zimbabwe A v Bangladesh A, 3rd Test, Bulawayo, 1st day June 30, 2006

Mufambisi and Hove give Zimbabwe good start

Cricinfo staff

Zimbabwe A 276 for 7 (Mufambisi 67, Hove 64) v Bangladesh A

Tafadzwa Mufambisi and Tinashe Hove scored half centuries to give Zimbabwe A a fine start on the first day of their third and final four-day Test against Bangladesh A at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

Mufambisi, who came in at No. 6, rode his luck to top score with 67 from 129 deliveries and dispatched nine fours while opener Hove was second best with 64 runs from 148 balls as Zimbabwe A, who won the toss and elected to bat, closed the first day on 276 for 7 in 90 overs.

Mufambisi was given the benefit of doubt when yet to open his account when he drove left-arm spinner Enamul Haque (jnr) to mid-off where the fielder juggled with the ball but eventually held onto it - but umpire Kevan Barbour gave the batsman the benefit of doubt.

Hove put on 68 for the second wicket with Friday Kasteni (38) and then went on to share in a 71-run stand for the fifth wicket before Hove, who seemed on his way to a big score, was run out going for a single that was never there.

Shakib Al Hassan and Haque picked up two wickets each, but the latter, who has given the home batsmen a torrid time in this series, looked ordinary.