Bangladesh manage one wicket in first session
The only Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe has started at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur. Zimbabwe have had a convincing first session.
Zimbabwe opted to bat first on a green Dhaka track. The visitors handed Test cap to seamer Charlton Tshuma, who has made his debut.
Bangladesh’s seamers Abu Jayed Rahi and Ebadat Hossain bowled in a tight channel in the first hour. Kevin Kasuza (2) was the first wicket to be taken as he edged one to the gully of Rahi in the eighth over. The opening spell of this duo conceded only 9 runs in ten overs.
Prince Masvaure and skipper Craig Ervine took the advantage in the second hour of the session. Spinners Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan did not seem as threatening as the pacers. The Zimbabweans took advantage of the spinners to keep the scoreboard moving. Taijul was a tad bit expensive, leaking 33 runs in six overs. Nayeem bowled ten overs for 21 runs.
Zimbabwe are at lunch with 80 runs for the loss of one wicket in 30 overs. Masvaure is on brink of his second Test half-century, unbeaten of 45 runs off 94 balls including 7 fours. Ervine, on the contrary, saw out 62 balls for 26* runs. They are on a 73-run stand for the second wicket.
So far, Rahi and Ebadat have been the positive for the hosts. Rahi, the only wicket-taker, bowled six overs for 8 runs including three maidens. Ebadat bowled as many as four maidens in his six overs for just 8 runs.
Zimbabwe 80/1 in 30 overs (Masvaure 45*, Ervine 26*; Rahi 1/13)