POST TIME: 26 February, 2020 01:00:06 AM
Tigers outplay Zim by innings, 106 runs

Tigers outplay Zim
by innings, 106 runs

Tigers pose for a photograph with the trophy following a presentation ceremony after winning the Test match against Zimbabwe during the fourth day at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka yesterday. AFP Photo

Nayeem Hasan and Taijul Islam picked up nine wickets as Bangladesh defeated visiting Zimbabwe with an innings and 106 runs on the fourth day of the one-off Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur yesterday. By virtue of winning the Test, Bangladesh ended their disappointing losing streak of six Tests which started with the New Zealand tour in 2018. It was Bangladesh’s second win by a margin of an innings. The first one was against West Indies at the same venue in 2018.

Mushfiqur Rahim’s epic double ton on the third day defined the fate of the Test. It was a mere formality for the Tigers to wrap up the game as it was a tall ask for the Africans to

survive two more days facing local spinners on Mirpur’s newly-built deck.

Bangladeshi spinners made it difficult for Zimbabwe when Nayeem took two wickets in very first over of the second innings. The situation just got worse for the visitors from there on.  Resuming the fourth day at 9-2, the tourists did not keep their patience and spirit against the local bowlers and kept loosing wickets in regular intervals. Tiger bowlers put pressure on the visitors by bowling maiden overs. Zimbabwean batters showed their desperation to come out of that situation, resulting in the wicket of Kenvin Kasuza in the sixth over.

Kasuza wanted to play Taijul Islam’s flighted delivery with a defensive push on the leg side but the ball hit the shoulder of the bat resulting in an easy catch at second slip to Mohammad Mithun for 10.

Brendan Taylor then went for an ambitious shot and got

caught at deep backward square off a top edge trying to play a slog sweep off Nayeem Hasan’s delivery.

Bangladesh’s march to victory was brightened with a pair of scalps on the fourth day morning.

Craig Ervine built a gritty resistance with Sikandar Raza against local bowlers to delay the proceedings for the Tigers which injected an abrupt idea that the game might get rolled into the fifth day. But the idea changed completely after a brief rally when a needless Craig Ervine walked to the pavilion with a silly run-out. The duo stitched together a useful 60 for the fifth-wicket stand but Zimbabwe’s stand-in captain made delay to respond on a call from all-rounder Sikandar Raza and was trapped run out at the striker’s end. This sank Zimbabwe’s hopes further.

Ervine played his innings in one-day style as he struck 43 off 49, hitting half-a-dozen boundaries and a maximum. His dismissal hastened the lunch break and Zimbabwe went to lunch at 114 for 5. They still needed an improbable 181 runs to make Bangladesh bat again in the second innings.

Timycen Maruma tried to build some resistance but he did not get enough support from the other end. Raza fell early into the second session on 37 from 71 balls.

Timycen Maruma and Regis Chakabva stitched another 44-run stand to give some relief to the slide for a brief period. Taijul Islam broke the stand with the wicket of the latter before his partner-in-wreck Nayeem sent Ainsley Ndlovu back to pavellion. The innings was brewing to the end and off-spinner Nayeem completed his five-wicket haul with the wicket of Timycen Maruma which was also his ninth wicket in the game.

Taijul picked up four wickets as the spinners bagged nine wickets in the second innings to break the backbone of the Zimbabwean innings.

 Zimbabwe were all-out for a paltry 189 in their second innings after their first innings ended at 265. Bangladesh declared after scoring a mammoth of 560-6 thanks to Mushfiqur Rahim’s double ton and Mominul Haque’s 132.

Mushfiqur was named the player of the match for his jaw-dropping double hundred which also made him the top run-getter in Tests for Bangladesh.