result
Only Test, Harare, Aug 4 - 8 2011, Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe
370 & 291/5d
(target 375)287 & 244
Zimbabwe won by 130 runs
Player Of The Match
71 & 105*
brendan-taylor
Article Thumbnail
10y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda in Harare

Zimbabwe triumphant on Test return

A dominant all-round performance by Zimbabwe ensured victory in their comeback Test after an almost six-year exile from the format

Match centre 
Scores: Gopi Rangarajan
Comms: Abhishek Purohit
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe370/10(131 overs)1st INNINGS
Bangladesh287/10(96.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Zimbabwe291/5(92 overs)2nd INNINGS
Bangladesh244/10(57.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Abdur Razzak43 (17)
Tamim Iqbal43 (44)
Kyle Jarvis4/61(16.3)
Chris Mpofu3/51(10)

Taylor gets the trophy from Peter Chingoka, chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket, and holds it up proudly. That brings us to the end of Zimbabwe's comeback Test match, a game in which they outplayed Bangladesh, who will continue to struggle at Test level with a thin bowling attack and an impatient batting line-up. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off on behalf of ESPNcricinfo, been great to have all your feedback throughout the five days. Join us for the ODI series that begins on Friday. Good bye.

Medallions for all the officials and the players now. Chris Mpofu is smiling broadly as he comes up to collect his medal. Couple of players still have the flag around themselves.

Brendan Taylor is the Man of the Match. Taylor: "Great honour to lead a wonderful bunch of guys, all the hard work we put in came good. Lot of credit to Grant Flower and the rest of the coaching stuff, all the guys have a good work ethic, we have played a lot of cricket actually, and no surprises really. We have played a lot against Bangladesh, our preparation against Australia A was good, no reason why we would come here and think we could not win. Happy to get the team into a winning position, credit to Taibu and Ervine for playing the supporting role, we should good character to come back from 92 for 4 on the third day. We will keep trying to improve in the ODI series and leading up to the Pakistan series."

Shakib Al Hasan: "I thought we did not bat well, it was a good wicket to bat on, although we did not bowl well, we are disappointed with the batting. We had good preparation at home, we should have scored more in the first innings and then showed more patience. We thought if we could bat two sessions today, we could set it up but we kept losing wickets. Disappointing for all of us, hopefully we will turn it around in the ODIs."

Hang on for the presentation

Zimbabwe are in a huddle on the field. They have so much to be proud of. Debutant opener, debutant new-ball bowlers, and they have all showed so much potential, Vitori and Jarvis have been superb, ten wickets between them, they will test much better batting line-ups if they keep developing. Brendan Taylor, what a game he has had, century on captaincy debut, he had another one for the taking in the first innings before he played a rash shot. He caught superbly in the slips, and to top it all, surprised everyone with a declaration at tea with Zimbabwe only five wickets down. Hamilton Masakadza, it was he who set up the game for his side with his first Test century since that memorable one on debut a decade ago.

Some of the Zimbabwe players are draped in the national flag, now they are taking a victory lap around the ground with the flag.

Firdose Moonda, our correspondent from the ground: "I have never seen a team so overjoyed to win a Test. They are playing a traditional zim song on the speakers, shona language. And people are just going bananas, there are vuvuzelas as well. "

Shan: "4 debutants, 2 100s, 2 four-wicket hauls... what a comeback Test!"

roger: "the celebrations are just crazy here at harare sports club...people are running around like mad all around me...we cant believe our team has done so well this match.."

cricketator: "Bangladesh's new coach must be a disapointed man. His main challenge is to develop patience in BD batsmen."

shafi: "Bangladesh have to stop tall talking. Its really bad habit and make opponent more serious to prove."

57.3
W
Jarvis to Robiul, OUT

that has got to be close and umpire Dharmasena has given it, Jarvis gets the last one with a length ball that jags back in sharply to strike him in front

Robiul Islam lbw b Jarvis 12 (10m 8b 3x4 0x6) SR: 150
57.2
Jarvis to Robiul, no run

dug in short, a touch down the leg side and he allows it go over him as he ducks

57.1
Jarvis to Robiul, no run

goes down the leg side from wide of the crease

Harrison: "This has been a brilliant test, ups and downs, shifts in momentum, good batting, superb bowling. Brilliant advertisement for test match cricket. A gutsy last wicket stand would cap it off." Three slips, gully for Jarvis

end of over 574 runs
BAN: 244/9CRR: 4.28 
Rubel Hossain8 (11)
Robiul Islam12 (5)
Brian Vitori 14-1-56-1
Kyle Jarvis 16-4-61-3
56.6
Vitori to Rubel, no run

beaten again, this one is pitched up full wide outside off, he looks to hammer it through covers but cannot connect

56.5
Vitori to Rubel, no run

another one darted across the batsman wide outside off, he tries to reach out but cannot get to it

56.4
Vitori to Rubel, no run

has a waft from the crease at one leaving him widish outside off stump, and misses

Karthik: "Given the passion with which Zim are playing, it would be great if ICC squeezes in one-off tests for them with every major country."

56.3
4
Vitori to Rubel, FOUR runs

this will find the boundary, stands tall in the crease and clobbers a length delivery past wide mid off

Shishank: "I think the match got out from the Bangladesh's hands on the very first day. When you allow a completely inexperienced opening pair to get a hundred runs opening partnership, you seriously are on the back foot from the word go."

56.2
Vitori to Rubel, no run

goes after this widish one outside off and misses

56.1
Vitori to Rubel, no run

gets it on target right away, pitching on leg on a length and going across the batsman who pushes at gets an inside edge on to pad

James: "Zimbabwe have bossed this test: excellent performance on their first game back. It will be interesting to see how they fare against the ""next tier" up the ladder (Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand). Certainly the bowling will give the Zim batsmen a much stiffer test." Vitori to bowl now

end of over 5612 runs • 1 wicket
BAN: 240/9CRR: 4.28 
Robiul Islam12 (5)
Rubel Hossain4 (5)
Kyle Jarvis 16-4-61-3
Elton Chigumbura 15-3-50-2
55.6
4
Jarvis to Robiul, FOUR runs

another one, over midwicket this time, Jarvis bowls full on the pads, and Robiul lifts him with a big swing on the leg side

55.5
Jarvis to Robiul, no run

goes down the leg side as he tries to keep it full on the stumps, TAibu thinks there is a tickle off the bat on that but is the only man appealing

55.4
4
Jarvis to Robiul, FOUR runs

walks down the track, takes on Jarvis, and whacks the fullish one through vacant wide mid on

Six men in the slip cordon

55.3
4
Jarvis to Robiul, FOUR runs

goes for a hoick this time off a length ball and gets it over midwicket

55.2
Jarvis to Robiul, no run

is that the end, Jarvis leaps in appeal as he strikes him full on the pads in front, that would have gone down leg

55.1
W
Jarvis to Shafiul, OUT

and Jarvis goes through Shafiul's defenses first ball after lunch, he has shown so much potential in his debut Test, pitched up around middle, holding its line, and taking out the middle stump as the batsman tries to push at it from the crease

Shafiul Islam b Jarvis 7 (27m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

Back for what should be the final session of this Test. A pitch that has stayed true till the very end has ensured a good contest between bat and ball even on the fifth day.

end of over 554 runs • 1 wicket
BAN: 228/8CRR: 4.14 
Rubel Hossain4 (5)
Shafiul Islam7 (13)
Elton Chigumbura 15-3-50-2
Ray Price 2-0-20-0

Zimbabwe are standing on the cusp of what will be an emotional win on Test return. Bangladesh caved in after Ashraful departed in the face of lovely swing bowling from Vitori, who was labelled 'ordinary' by Tamim yesterday. Join us at 12.40 local time to see how soon Zimbabwe can finish this innings.

Frustrated is true to his name: "Kudos to Zimbabwe for pulling of this win after six years in oblivion and I never thought I would say this (being a Bangladeshi), what an utter joke we are as a test team." They really don't have the bowling to compete at Test level, the batsmen are under pressure all the time

54.6
Chigumbura to Rubel, no run

goes for another drive outside off with a big followthrough, but misses the one angled in

54.5
4
Chigumbura to Rubel, FOUR runs

good effort at gully, but the outside edge eludes his big leap and flies in to the third man boundary as Rubel drives away from the body

54.4
Chigumbura to Rubel, no run

short one now from Elton, angled in to the batsman, who is a touch late in going down but avoids it in the end

54.3
Chigumbura to Rubel, no run

fullish one blocked down the track

54.2
Chigumbura to Rubel, no run

stylishly forward to a length ball from over the wicket and pushes out to covers

Best performances - batters
Brendan Taylor
BRM Taylor ZIM
105 runs (175)
9 fours
0 six
Control90%
Productive shot
leg glance
37 runs
2 fours
0 six
691871261532
Hamilton Masakadza
H Masakadza ZIM
104 runs (244)
8 fours
1 six
Control92%
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
1 four
0 six
41116519141520
Best performances - bowlers
Brian Vitori
BV Vitori ZIM
O
24
M
5
R
66
W
4
ECO
2.75
Kyle Jarvis
KM Jarvis ZIM
O
16.3
M
4
R
61
W
4
ECO
3.69
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossBangladesh, elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh tour of Zimbabwe
Season2011
Player Of The Match
Brendan Taylor
Brendan Taylor
Match numberTest no. 2002
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days4,5,6,7,8 August 2011 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Brian Vitori
Brian Vitori
Craig Ervine
Craig Ervine
Kyle Jarvis
Kyle Jarvis
Tino Mawoyo
Tino Mawoyo
Umpires
Australia Image
Bruce Oxenford
Sri Lanka Image
Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire
Zimbabwe Image
Jeremiah Matibiri
Reserve Umpire
Zimbabwe Image
Owen Chirombe
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Roshan Mahanama
AskESPNcricinfo Logo
Instant answers to T20 questions