Ervine 100, Nayeem 4-fer even out first day

The first day of the only Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at Mirpur’s Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium has its honours shared as Zimbabwe end day one on 228/6.

Zimbabwe elected to bat first in the morning. The first session was in their favour despite a tight opening spell from Abu Jayed Rahi and Ebadat Hossain. Rahi dismissed opener Kevin Kasuza for 2 early in the innings. Seven out of first 11 overs were maidens.

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Prince Masvaure, who was dropped twice, made 64 runs in 152 balls with 9 fours. Masvaure had a partnership of 111 runs for the second-wicket with captain Craig Ervine. Ervine was the stand out while others including Brendan Taylor (10) and Sikandar Raza (18) failed to deliver.

Nayeem Hasan exploited the most out of the track. He brought the momentum in Bangladesh’s way. After his two quick wickets of Masvaure and Taylor in the afternoon session, the off-spinner sent back Raza in the final session before dismissing the centurion Ervine, who scored 107 runs from 227 deliveries with the help of 13 boundaries.

It was Ervine’s third Test century, first as captain. He is the second Zimbabwean to score a hundred on captaincy debut. This was also the fourth time a visiting skipper hit a century in Mirpur, the last instance was a decade ago.

Abu Jayed Rahi trapped Timycen Maruma lbw for 7 with the old ball. It seemed the game was slightly in Zimbabwe’s side until Nayeem bowled Ervine in the 89th over.

Zimbabwe are at stumps with 228 runs for 6 wickets in 90 overs. Regis Chakabva (9* off 25) and Donald Tiripano (yet to get off the mark from 4 balls) are unbeaten at the crease.

Nayeem bowled 36 overs for his 4 wickets conceding 68 runs. He will be eyeing his second Test five-wicket haul. Ebadat was the most economical bowler despite not picking up a scalp. He bowled 8 maidens from his 17 overs for 26 runs.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 228/6 in 90 overs (Ervine 107, Masvaure 64; Nayeem 4/68, Ebadat 2/51)

Stumps- Day 1

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