A first in Mirpur in a decade
Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine has enjoyed a delightful first day of the only Test match versus Bangladesh. He has set a new milestone in the first innings.
34-year-old Ervine was named interim captain for Bangladesh Test in absence of Sean Williams, who became father of a baby on Sunday, the starting day of the Test match.
Ervine made 107 runs from 227 delivieries including 13 fours before getting bowled out by Nayeem Hasan in the 89th over of the day. This was his third Test century in 18* Tests.
The left-hander became only the second Zimbabwean to score a Test hundred on captaincy debut. The first was Dave Houghton, who made 121 against India in Zimbabwe’s inaugural Test match way back in 1992.
Ervine is the fourth visiting captain to smash a ton at Mirpur’s Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The last time a touring skipper reached a three-figure mark was in 2010. England’s Alastair Cook made unbeaten 109 runs while chasing 209 runs which guided his team to a nine-wicket victory and 2-0 sweep ten years ago.
The other two men are ‘The Wall of India’ Rahul Dravid (129 in 2007) and Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene, who made the highest (among all touring captains) 166 runs 2008.
Ervine was himself pleased at his efforts on his performance. “Obviously any hundred away from home is special. In the past I have struggled in Bangladesh. To be able to score like that I am obviously chuffed,” he said after day one’s play.
The Zimbabwean skipper came into the crease early in the innings. He built up the innings for Zimbabwe almost single-handedly. It took 213 balls for him to put up his hundred.