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Bowlers fire Zimbabwe to memorable win

 Sports Desk

 Published: 03:59 PM, 6 November 2018   Updated: 03:59 PM, 6 November 2018

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Raza and Mavuta shared seven wickets between them in the second innings to help the visiting side win their first Test in Bangladesh since 2001. Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 151 runs to lead two match series 1-0 in Sylhet today. Bangladesh started the day steadily with the openers Liton Das and Imrul Kayes adding a 56-run in opening stand. But as it is on these sub-continent pitches, one wicket opens a floodgates for plenty more and the home side could not arrest the slide as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. All hopes were pinned on Rahim at the start of the post-lunch session, but when he dismissed by Mavuta it was only a matter of time. Ariful Haque, liked he did in the first innings, fought a lone battle and was the last batsman to be out. The home team lost five wickets in the first session of the 4th day of the first Test in Sylhet. Off-spinner Sikandar Raza grab three wickets of them including two openers Imrul Kayes and Liton Das. Having been set 321 to win, Bangladesh were unscathed in the last 10.1 overs of the third day against visiting Zimbabwe. Liton Das and Imrul Kayes took out 26 from that target before bad light caused play to be called off 35 minutes before the scheduled end at 5:00 pm local time. In the first session of the 4th day, the two added 31 runs as Liton Das (23) being out by Sikandar Raza by LBW in 56. Mominul Haque (9) also follow him. As he gone out at 67. Sikandar Raza grabs his second wickets by bowled Imrul Kayes for 43 in 36.5 overs. Raza also picked up the wicket of Skipper Mahmmudullah Ryadh 16 When Bangladesh were 102. Then leg-spinner Mavuta took the wicket of Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Bangladesh lost their 5th wickets for 111 before lunch. After lunch Bangladesh lost Mushfiqur Rahim (13) and their hopes end then. None but debutant Ariful Haque fought alone. As he gone out for 38 as number 10 batsman and Bangladesh being all out for 169 in their second innings. Not many would have given Zimbabwe a chance coming into this Test, especially after being blanked 3-0 in the ODI series, but they have proved they can do more than compete in such conditions, conditions which teams like England and Australia found difficult. A truly all-round performance from them. The batsmen put their hand up and gave them a good first innings total, the bowlers then responded by bowling Bangladesh out cheaply. Though their batting in the second essay was not up to scratch, the big lead allowed them to set a target of 320. Mavuta, Raza and Wellington Masakadza shared nine wickets to give Zimbabwe a Test win after a long time. Daily Bangladesh/Sohug