Tigers deny Zim series win

HARARE - Bangladesh completed a deserved 143-run victory over hosts Zimbabwe to level the two-match Teletalk Test series one-all here yesterday.

Zimbabwe top-order batsman Hamilton Masakadza regained his yesteryear form scoring an unbeaten 111 runs from 252 balls in a losing cause as he ran out of partners on the final day of the second Test encounter.

The locals had done well to starve Bangladesh of a wicket in the first hour having resumed on 138 for four.

The Masakadza brothers Hamilton and Shingi took Zimbabwe to 164-4 at drinks in the morning but still trailed by 237 runs.

Zimbabwe’s bubble however, burst 11 balls after the drinks break when Shingi (24) was trapped plum while attempting to sweep Mohammad Ashraful before missing the ball completely.

Shingi had done well for a batsman thrown in to bat on day four as a night watchman contributing to a 46-run partnership with his elder brother.

At lunch Zimbabwe were on 194-6, needing 207 runs to win the match, Hamilton on 73 (182) and Richmond Mutumbami still on 6 (31).

The match appeared evenly balanced with the host still in with a chance to snatch a win off the jaws of the Tigers of Bangladesh but Mutumbami connected an outside off stump Ziaur Rahman delivery to his middle stump 2.2 overs after lunch.

Zimbabwe woes were compounded when Graeme Cremer, who distinguished himself as an emerging all-rounder particularly in the first Test, was dismissed for only three runs.

Cremer was caught at first slip by Nasir Hossain off Rahman after 82.5 and left Zimbabwe needing 187 runs.

The next over saw the demise of Keegan Meth for four runs, given lbw off the bowling of Islam.

Hamilton Masakadza was in danger of not reaching his third Test century but eventually got there in style hitting a big six over the deep mid-wicket boundary off Rahman to get to 101 (212) in the 87th over.

Shortly after Masakadza’s reached his century Zimbabwe were all out when Shakib Al Hasan took the last wicket of Kyle Jarvis after trapping him plum in the 96th over.

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim said: “It was a huge pressure after losing the first Test because with all the expectations back home, they would want us to win every game.

I had faith in my boys and they stuck to their basics and applied themselves very well in the middle.

“It’s a great feeling for me as a captain of the team to win a Test match abroad and I hope we will carry on the confidence into the ODIs.”

Zimbabwe had won the toss and elected to field before Bangladesh reached a total of 391 runs in their first innings.

The hosts then found the going tough with the bat reaching 282 with a deficit of 109 runs.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor backed his decision to field first after winning the toss on day one.

“Definitely there was enough for the fast bowlers we didn’t hit the right areas constantly enough and we allowed them to score freely,” Taylor said.

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