Sports Desk: Bangladesh beat host Zimbabwe by 220 runs in the one-off Test to end their Test match win drought at Harare Sports Club. After Mahmudullah Riyad, Saif Hassan, and Najmul Hossain Shanto’s tons Spiner Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Pacer Taskin Ahmed did the rest work to seal the victory.
Bangladesh set a record 477 runs to win for Zimbabwe on the fourth day. They made 468 runs in the first innings credit to Mahmudullah’s career-best 150 not out, Liton Das’ 95 and Taskin Ahmed’s 75, and Mominul Haque’s 70.
In reply, Zimbabwe all out for 276 runs and Bangladesh got 192 runs lead. The visiting team declared their second innings on 284/1.
Chasing the huge target Zimbabwe scored 140-3 on Day-4. Resuming the day from here, luck seemed to be with Zimbabwe as Bangladesh fielders shelled the catch of overnight batsmen Donald Tiripano and Dion Myers quite a few times.
But this was only a spot of bother in an otherwise perfect Test of the Tigers. Mehidy Miraz broke the through after the first drinks break of the day as Dion Myers chipped one straight to short mid-wicket to be dropped for 26.
And the wicket cracked the door open with Mehidy Miraz striking again three balls later, trapping Timycen Maruma leg-before wicket for 0.
Taskin then joined the party, dismissing Roy Kaia for naught and Regis Chakabva for 1 in his consecutive overs to expose Zimbabwe’s vulnerable lower order which left the host 164/7.
After the launch break, Taskin made Victor Nyauchi his fourth hunt, and Zimbabwe lost their 8th wickets to 198.
From here, overnight batsman Donald Tiripano (52) and Blessing Muzarabani made some resistance adding 41 runs in the 9th wickets stand before Tiripano was dismissed by Ebadot Hossain.
Miraz took the final wicket to ensure victory for the visiting team. Zimbabwe all out for 256 runs in their second innings and Bangladesh won the lone Test by 225 runs.
For Bangladesh, pacer Taskin Ahmed took and Miraz took four wickets each while Shakib and Ebadot Hossain share two wickets between them.
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