Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 3

763dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

Haphazard Bangladesh edge low-scorer

Taijul Islam's 8 for 39, the best figures by a Bangladesh bowler, should have heralded a dominant victory, but he found himself in the middle again, at No. 9, striking the winning boundary to overhaul a target of 101

763dDevashish Fuloria in Mirpur

The dark humour amid Bangladesh's batting drama

Bangladesh's fans, and the local media, were put through the wringer as the side's batsmen stumbled from one wicket to the next during their nervy win against Zimbabwe in Mirpur

763dDevashish Fuloria in Mirpur

Flight plan helps Taijul soar

Taijul Islam's 8 for 39 was built around the spinner's ability to flight the ball and out-think the Zimbabwe batsmen

Day 2

763dDevashish Fuloria in Mirpur

Panyangara puts tri-series expulsion behind him

Zimbabwe seamer Tinashe Panyangara, who had been expelled from the Zimbabwe team last month for "childish behaviour", said that he was not looking to make a point, after his five-for restricted Bangladesh's advantage to just 14

763dDevashish Fuloria in Mirpur

The futility of Bangladesh's fifties

Conversion of fifties to hundreds has been a problem for Bangladesh. When their batsmen again found ways of getting out after reaching half-centuries, it reeked of casualness. Fifties don't take you too far in Tests

Day 1

763dThe Report by George Binoy

Shakib's six keeps Zimbabwe to 240

The first-day pitch in Mirpur offered inconsistent bounce and significant turn that a Bangladesh rookie and veteran exploited to trip up Zimbabwe

763dDevashish Fuloria in Dhaka

Dhaka pitch helps Shakib bounce back

Expressing some surprise on the bounce afforded by a first-day Dhaka pitch, Shakib Al Hasan said he expected Bangladesh's batsmen to give the team a substantial lead against Zimbabwe


763dDevashish Fuloria in Mirpur

Mushfiqur looks to dominate

Mushfiqur Rahim wanted his batsmen to put pressure on Zimbabwe's inexperienced spinners

763dDevashish Fuloria in Mirpur

Zimbabwe focus on spin and fitness

Zimbabwe have worked on their fitness ahead of their first three-Test series in 12 years, and also on their technique against spin

763dESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh 3/4 for rare Test win

Bangladesh Test victories are about as rare as months that India go without playing an ODI but with Zimbabwe coming to visit, they have a golden chance to register a five-day win and are 3/4 to take the opening Test in Dhaka.

763dDevashish Fuloria in Mirpur

Cocky, outspoken, irreplacable

Shakib Al Hasan is back after serving a ban for a slew of off-field transgressions, and Bangladesh will welcome not just his allround skills but also his talismanic personality

Bangladesh 4th innings Partnerships

1st0Shamsur RahmanTamim Iqbal
2nd0Shamsur RahmanMominul Haque
3rd0MahmudullahMominul Haque
4th46MahmudullahShakib Al Hasan
5th16MahmudullahMushfiqur Rahim
6th0Mushfiqur RahimShuvagata Hom
7th20Shahadat HossainMushfiqur Rahim
8th19Mushfiqur RahimTaijul Islam