Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, 1st Test at Harare, , Apr 17 2013 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st Test, Harare, April 17 - 20, 2013, Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe
389 & 227/7d
(T:483) 134 & 147

Zimbabwe won by 335 runs

Player Of The Match
171 & 102*
BAN 2nd Innings
Full commentary

Cremer collects four wickets. Zimbabwe have won by 335 runs, that is not just a big win, it's a thrashing. It's their 10th Test win. We expected Bangladesh to put in a better performance after that implosion in the first innings, but they've only gone better by 13 runs. Zimbabwe were brilliant in the field, but the Bangladesh batsmen, like they had done in the first innings, also gave it away, playing poor shots and not showing much intent to occupy the crease when that was the need of the hour. It's Zimbabwe's biggest win, purely in terms of fourth-innings runs, though they have had a couple of innings wins.

Bangladesh came into this series as favourites, on the back of a good performance in the first Test against Sri Lanka. But they've lost, and lost badly. They had been tipped to win against Zimbabwe not long ago when Zimbabwe made a return to Tests after a long period of self-imposed isolation, and Bangladesh were beaten then as well. Two steps backwards for Bangladesh here. Time for the presentation.

Mushfiqur Rahim: "After winning the toss, I thought we bowled well but we didn't hold on to our catches in the first innings. Maybe we did a mistake in that area [not playing a third seamer], but we should have held on to our catches. We are capable of scoring big runs, we have a couple of days and hopefully we will come back strongly."

Brendan Taylor: "I couldn't be happier today We showed a lot of character, we like playing at home and we understand the conditions well. It was good to win this after an average performance in the West Indies. There were some stern words from the coach after the second day, and we turned it around the next day. We put up a very tough total to chase down. Extremely happy, we do bat down, Cremer and Masakadza at eight and nine have got first-class hundreds. I'm sure the top order will work harder. "

Now, no surprises about who is the Man of the Match. It's Taylor again. Taylor: "They [fans] are tough to please and they expect high standards. Extremely happy with the way everyone went about it. Credit must go to the two seamers for Bangladesh on the first day, they dried up the runs and we had to rebuild. It's certainly one of the hardest innings I've had to play, but that's Test cricket."

Well, the second Test begins on April 25. Losing to a team they were expected to beat, that too in four days, should hurt Bangladesh. Whatever the result in the next game, here's hoping it is more closely fought. Zimbabwe should celebrate, though they need to address their top-order problems. There's too much reliance on Taylor in the batting. As for the visitors, defeats like this will just provide more ammo to critics who question the progress they claim to have made in recent times in the longest format. Bangladesh need to dispel that with more consistency, challenging the top teams in the five-day game and beating opposition like Zimbabwe, who don't play as much Test cricket as they do. Join us for the next game, but before logging off, here's the report which is being updated as I type. Do watch out for stories from Firdose Moonda, who is at the Harare Sports Club covering the game. Take care, thank you for your comments, and goodbye.

Cremer to Robiul, OUT

it's all over, Zimbabwe have won! Jarvis pulls off a stunner in the deep, Went for the sweep and connected well, for a moment we thought that was a boundary but Jarvis was patrolling the boundary at deep backward square leg and he ran back and timed his jump superbly to pluck that over his head there to complete an outstanding catch and seal a huge win for Zimbabwe

Robiul Islam c Jarvis b Cremer 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0

Zimbabwe on the brink of a major win, a significant victory. Bangladesh need some serious introspection.

Cremer to Rubel, OUT

Rubel goes now, short on the off and turns away, Rubel goes for the pull, wants to smack it over midwicket, gets a top-edge and is caught comfortably by Shingi at mid-on

Rubel Hossain c Masakadza b Cremer 4 (13b 0x4 0x6 14m) SR: 30.76

Two slips and a short leg

end of over 493 runs
BAN: 147/8CRR: 3.00 
Enamul Haque jnr6 (12b 1x4)
Rubel Hossain4 (12b)
Kyle Jarvis 17-1-75-3
Graeme Cremer 5-1-4-2
Jarvis to Enamul, no run

fullish outside off, nips away and he tries to drive that down the ground, misses

Jarvis to Rubel, 3 runs

fullish on middle, gets across to drive it through midwicket for couple of runs, three in fact

Jarvis to Rubel, no run

angling in towards middle, rocks forward and knocks it down into the leg side

Jarvis to Rubel, no run

shaping away outside off and he leaves that one to the keeper

Jarvis to Rubel, no run

short of a good length on the off, rocks on the back foot and defends to cover

Jarvis to Rubel, no run

goodish length outside off and moves away, he lets that one go through

end of over 481 run
BAN: 144/8CRR: 3.00 
Enamul Haque jnr6 (11b 1x4)
Rubel Hossain1 (7b)
Graeme Cremer 5-1-4-2
Kyle Jarvis 16-1-72-3
Cremer to Enamul, no run

went straight on, got on the back foot there and tapped it into the leg side

Cremer to Enamul, no run

that one turns away from outside off and he lets it go

Cremer to Enamul, no run

shortish and cuts it towards point, can't pierce the field

Cremer to Rubel, 1 run

drops it short on middle, pulled away towards deep square leg for a single

Cremer to Rubel, no run

turns away from a good length as he comes forward to defend, goes past the outside edge

Cremer to Rubel, no run

Rubel's not waiting long either, tries to slog-sweep that over midwicket as it turns away, misses

end of over 474 runs
BAN: 143/8CRR: 3.04 
Enamul Haque jnr6 (8b 1x4)
Rubel Hossain0 (4b)
Kyle Jarvis 16-1-72-3
Graeme Cremer 4-1-3-2
Jarvis to Enamul, no run

short of a length outside off and he left that alone to the keeper

Jarvis to Enamul, no run

full on the off, gets forward to drive, gets a thick inside edge towards midwicket

Jarvis to Enamul, no run

short outside off and it kept a little low, guided it towards second slip, along the ground

Jarvis to Enamul, no run

angling in towards middle, gets across and drives it towards midwicket

Jarvis to Enamul, FOUR runs

nicely done, opens the face there and guides it past gully and slips for a boundary

Jarvis to Enamul, no run

short of a good length outside off, wants to leave it, drops in front of the slips as he is shouldering arms

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