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Sunday, November 16, 2014, Agrahayan 2, 1421, Muharram 22, 1436 Hijr

Zimbabweans whitewashed by Tigers in Test series
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-11-16,  Publish Time : 15:03,  View Count : 86
Bangladesh 503 (Kayes 130, Tamim 109) and 319 for 5 dec (Mominul 131, Tamim 65) beat Zimbabwe 374 (Chigumbura 88, Raza 82, Masakadza 81, Jubair 5-96) and 262 (Chakabva 89*, Raza 65, Rubel 2-16, shafiul 2-17) by 186 runs

The year 2014 has just become a whole lot nicer for Bangladesh. After 10 months of losses, failures, suspensions, resignations and sackings, they have completed a 3-0 Test series win over Zimbabwe with a 186-run margin in Chittagong.

It was the only third time Bangladesh has won a test series after a 1-0 series win against the same opponents in 2005 and a 2-0 victory over the West Indies in 2009.

The final wicket fell in the 85th over when Natsai M'shangwe was trapped lbw by Shafiul Islam. Craig Ervine, Richmond Mutumbami and Tinashe Panyangara also fell the same way while Shingi Masakadza had his off stump pegged back.

Regis Chakabva was the sole source of resistance, making 89 off 181 balls with seven fours and a six. He hardly played a false shot despite several leg-before appeals, surviving through two reviews, and a chance on 21 when Mushfiqur Rahim dropped a sharp chance.

For Bangladesh, there were two wickets each for Shafiul, Rubel Hossain, Jubair Hossain and Shuvagata Hom.

Zimbabwe's eccentric start to the day gave Bangladesh early inroads. Through loud appeals and inside edges, Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza, having added 67 last evening, looked to play all sorts of shots against spin from both ends. In the fourth over, Raza completed his second fifty of the match with a four that he could easily have dragged on to his stumps. In the next over, Taijul Islam had a review denied after replays showed the ball was hitting him outside off stump. It was the ninth time in the series that Bangladesh had their review denied.

Masakadza, having added just 12 runs in the morning and constricted with his drives, played a reverse sweep which was neither attempted nor executed correctly. He did not go down on his knees enough to lay into the shot as the delivery from Shuvagata took his glove and popped up for Mushfiqur Rahim. Soon after the 93-run second-wicket stand ended, Shuvagata got his second wicket. This time Raza hammered a full toss down Taijul's throat at deep midwicket, ending his innings on 65 off 75 balls with nine fours and two sixes.

Brendan Taylor also gave away his wicket, playing a loose drive to Jubair, getting out to him for the third time in the series, all to drives. This time he was caught at point for 24, ending a mediocre series for himself. Seven minutes before lunch, Jubair took his second wicket when Elton Chigumbura, who had top-scored with 88 in the first innings, cut a ball low to slip where Imrul Kayes took a sharp catch to his right.

Almost everything went to plan for Bangladesh. Mushfiqur has had very little to worry about with Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal doing well and the bowling attack able to pick up 20 wickets in each of the three Tests. Zimbabwe's lack of form also played into their hands, but ultimately the win will count. And for Bangladesh, it would count with much effect.


Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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