Bangladesh ahead despite Ervine`s ton

Dhaka, Friday   10 April 2020


Bangladesh ahead despite Ervine`s ton

 Sports Desk

 Published: 05:14 PM, 22 February 2020   Updated: 05:16 PM, 22 February 2020

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Late strike keeps Bangladesh ahead against visiting Zimbabwe in the only Test. Stand-in captain Craig Ervine's century and opener Prince Masvaure's fifty helped Zimbabwe to post 228/6 at stumps day-1 in the only Test against Bangladesh at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium today. Off-spinner Naeey Hasan took four wickets while pacer Abu Jayed picked up the rest two wickets for Bangladesh.

After winning the toss Zimbabwe chose to bat first. Two Bangladesh pacers Abu Jayed and Ebadat Hossain keep the Zimbabwe openers under pressure with 6 maiden overs. Rahi, had Kasuza caught by Nayeem Hasan at gully with a perfect outswinger for 2 and Zimbabwe lost their first wicket to 7. 

Visiting Zimbabwe came up with an excellent performance to reach a comfortable 80-1 at lunch on an opening day.

Ervine and Masvaure added 111-run for the second wicket stand, following the early departure of opener Kevin Kasuza (2), who was undone by an excellent outswinger of Abu Jayed Rahi.

As the duo’s calm batting after Zimbabwe’s decision to bat first indicated a tough day for Bangladesh, they made a strong comeback in the midst of the post-lunch session when off-spinner Nayeem Hasan dealt a double strike.

Nayeem firstly lured Masvaure for a drive and removed him with a return catch after the batsman hit his career-best 64 off 152, hitting nine boundaries. It was Masvaure’s second Test fifty in which he showed an unwavering resolve yet again.

Nayeem then got the better of seasoned campaigner Brendan Taylor, who dragged a delivery onto his stump to be out on 10.

Nayeem strikes again after the tea break to get the wicket of Sikandar Raza before went out he scored 18 off 62 when Zimbabwe were 174/4 in 70.1 over.

Abu Jayed gave Bangladesh fifth wicket sending back Timycen Maruma for 7. Nayeem Hasan strikes again in the 89th over to get centurion Craig Ervine 107 off 227. Zimbabwe finished the scoring 228 for 6 in 90 overs. RW Chakabva (9) and Donald Tiripano (0) were in the batting.