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23 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 February, 2020 01:21:27 AM

Tigers check Zimbabwe despite Ervine ton

Nayeem scalps four wickets
Tigers check Zimbabwe despite Ervine ton
Zimbabwe's captain Craig Ervine (L) plays a shot during his century knock as Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Liton Das looks on during the first day of one off Test match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. AFP PHOTO

Craig Ervine smashed 107 as Zimbabwe compiled 228 for six against hosts Bangladesh on the close of the day one of the solitary Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur yesterday. Zimbabwe opted to bat first after winning the toss in Mirpur’s newly-built deck, where the local pace pair-Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury and Abu Jayed Rahi- kept visitors on tight leash from the kick-off of the innings with their disciplined and good line-length bowling.

Though Zimbabwe got a run in the fifth-over from a wide delivery, they virtually scored in the seventh over when Prince Masvaure hit Ebadot for a boundary. But Abu Jayed provided the first breakthrough to Bangladesh in the very next over when Kevin Kasuza was caught at the gully by Nayeem Hasan off Abu Jayed.

Captain Craig Ervine came to the crease and handled the initial hiccup. The stand-in captain played some risky shots to increase the run-rate after his arrival at the pitch. Ervine nailed the reverse sweep and ticked past a fifty-run partnership with a boundary with Masvaure.

The duo played a full session along with other 10 overs without any loss. Masvaure completed his fifty when he hit Rahi for boundary. He played 104 balls to notch up his half-century. This was his second fifty in Test cricket.

Getting life twice on 58 and 59, Masvaure did not enlarge his knock much further as he was out for 64. Firstly, Masvaure

stepped down at him and chipped a return catch bat at Nayeem, who jumped at the chance, getting a hand to it but could not cling on, Secondly, he came down the track and thrust his hands out at this one as it broke away from him but the ball taking a thin edge and flying past the keeper but landing short of the tumbling slip fielder Nazmul Hossain Shanto.    

Later Masvaure did not escape from Nayeem as the batsman looked to drive back down towards long-on being lured by bowler and gave a catch to him just five runs after his last reprieve. Prince Masvaure smacked 64 off 152, laced with nine boundaries. Together with Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine attempted to make another partnership. In the next over, Ervine brought up his fifty from 94 balls when he played a reverse-swipe of Taijul Islam for boundary.

But Nayeem didn’t allow them to be settled at wickets and bowled Taylor for 10. Having got a life just in the previous ball, Taylor did not expand his personal innings.

The in-form spinner was then accountable for Sikandar Raza, who got out for 62-ball 18, hitting three fours. In this way, Nayeen continued to claw back Bangladesh.

Abu Jayed Rahi snapped up his second wicket when he pinned down Timycen Maruma, who got an escape to take a review after being out by the umpires having trapped leg-before wicket. Maruma defended by his pad not to play Taijul Islam’s delivery that was outside of the off-stump and umpires gave out in response to fielders’ emphatic appeal. Later he took review after consulting with captain Ervine. The umpires changed his decision when it showed in ball tracking that the ball would go past outside of the stumps. Ervine sought to lessen the pressure playing sweep and reverse-sweep during the spin bowling and got a narrow escape several times within the period. He played in cool headed manner after the lunch break and notched up his century at the fag’s end of the day. This was his third century in Test.

He put up his fifty from 117 balls and stroked century from 213 balls. On-song spinner Nayeem Hasan sent back centurion Craig Ervine in the last second over of the day one and abruptly kept Bangladesh ahead after making an exciting fight in the Mirpur Test. Zimbabwe did not put on more runs on the board after the stand-in captain smoked century.

Mominul Haque recalled Nayeem to launch his tilt against Zimbabwe after taking the new ball. The spinner offered the captain’s retaliation in a fantastic way. He bowled centurion Craig Ervine with an outstanding delivery.

The left-handed batter did not get turns what he expected from the ball that hit the deck of the leg-middle stump and broke the stumps after reflecting his leg. Wicket-keeper batsman Regis Chakabva was stranded at nine with Donald Tiripano being scored yet. Left-arm spinner Nayeem Hasan was the most successful among the bowlers, claiming four wickets in 36 overs. He gave away 68 runs to bag his stakes. Pacer Abu Jayed Rahi captured a brace for Bangladesh. 




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