Test: Bangladesh win by 220 runs against host Zimbabwe
Harare, July 12: Playing in the only Test match against host Zimbabwe, Bangladesh won it by 220 runs at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
Set a target of 477 runs to win the match, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 256 runs.
Apart from skipper Brendan Taylor and nightwatchman Donald Tiripano, none of the batsmen put up a fight.
Taylor was in a belligerent mood, scoring at a strike rate of over 100 in his 73-ball stay at the crease. With 16 boundaries, the Zimbabwe skipper was caught off his own bowling by Mehidy Hasan for 92, faling short of yeat another 100 in the match. In the first innings, Taylor had scored 81 runs off 92 balls.
Tiripano scored 52 vital runs for his side, saving them from further humiliation. His 144-ball stay was also the longest among the Zimbabwean batsmen.
For Bangladesh, spinner Mehidy Hasan and pacer Taskin Ahmed picked up four wickets each, while allrounder Shakib Al Hasan and pacer Ebadot Hossain shared the remaining two wickets.
Mehidy finished the match with nine wickets, having picked a fifer in the first innings.
Shakib took five wickets, picking up four alongside Mehidy's five.
Among the Bangladeshi batsmen, following Mahmudullah's unbeaten 150 runs in the first innings, opener Shadman Islam and number three batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto scored centuries in the second innings.
Islam scored an unbeaten 115 runs off 196 balls, while Shanto (which means quiet in Bengali) wasn't quiet at all, hitting six sixes and five fours in his 118-ball knock of 117 runs, as Bangladesh posted 284 runs for the loss of a singular wicket. After opener Saif Hassan was sent back to the pavillion for 43 runs, the other two stitched together a partnership of 196 runs.