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Tigers surrender meekly
Bangladesh batsmen capitulated meekly against both spin and pace once again to be bowled out for 169 runs in the second innings to lose the first Test against Zimbabwe by 151 runs in Sylhet on Tuesday.
Chasing a target of 321 runs and needing just 295 runs in last two days, Bangladesh their innings on the fourth day in a manner as if they had to finish the game in just one or two sessions.
As a result, batsmen opted for rash shot and gifted their wickets sometime quite unnecessarily to hand Zimbabwe their first Test win in five years and 1-0 lead in two-match series.
Debutant leg-spinner Brendon Mavuta and all-rounder Sikandar Raza took full advantage of Bangladesh’s airy-fairy batting picking up 4-21 and 3-41 respectively.
Zimbabwe’s other debutant Wellington Masakazda also did not return empty-handed as he claimed 2-33, including the last wicket of Ariful Haqur (38), earning his side their first win away from home in 17 years.
The visiting side did not win a game outside home since they defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram in 2001.
Zimbabwe sensed a win once Raza claimed three vital wickets in opening session to cut short Bangladesh’s innings into half.
Kyle Jarvis and Mavuta joined the act with Raza in the morning as leave Bangladesh 111-5 at the break.
Bangladesh resumed play on 26-0 but in little over half-an-hour had lost their first wicket, with others following quickly.
The home side -- whose best run chase was 217-6 against the West Indies in 2009 -- started collapsing once Raza successfully reviewed a leg–before appeal against opener Liton Das.
The umpire gave Liton not out but a TV replay indicated the ball would have hit the stump after pitching outside off -- ending Liton’s innings on 23.
One down, Mominul Haque dragged a Jarvis delivery onto his stumps for nine before Raza bowled Imrul Kayes for 43 to leave Bangladesh at 83-3.
Skipper Mahmudullah promoted himself to number four but could not rescue his side and perished for 16, giving a catch to substitute fielder Craig Ervine at short leg off Raza.
Raza then took a spectacular catch at cover on the stroke of lunch to hand debutant Mavuta his maiden Test wicket and send back Nazmul Hossain.
Mavuta dismissed Bangladesh’s last accomplished batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for 13 soon after the resumption before Zimbabwe quickly warped up the game.
Ariful’s late 37-ball blitzkrieg, which included four fours and two sixes, only helped Bangladesh avoid greater humiliation.
The second Test will be held in Dhaka from November 11-15.