It’s a half day for us: Ervine

Zimbabwe’s stand-in skipper Craig Ervine has kept Bangladesh ahead after the end of first day’s play in the only Test between these two sides in Mirpur.

Ervine scored his third Test century


The visitors are 228/6 at stumps after electing to bat first. Ervine notched up his third Test ton and that too on his first day as captain. Opener Prince Masvaure was the only other to have significant contributions – 64 runs.

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At the end of the day, Ervine feels his side could have scored a bit more than 228.

“We would have liked a few more runs today provided we lost six wickets,” Ervine said at the press conference. “Coming on tomorrow we have to rebuild. Bangladesh kept us quiet throughout the day and picked up a couple of wickets in the end. I will say it’s a half day for us and Bangladesh probably ahead.”

Nayeem Hasan was pick of the bowlers as he picked four wickets, waiting for a five-for. He has put Bangladesh slightly ahead of the tourists. Ervine too believes Bangladesh have the edge on a good wicket which is why he thinks they lost two or three wickets more.

“I think upfront they bowled very well. They hit on the good areas. Test match cricket is five days so there is no rush trying to score and grind out the opposition. It was basically our plan.

“We are very surprised with the wicket. It was quite good. Generallly in Dhaka some people say you do not know what you are going to get. I think it is a very good wicket and that’s why Bangladesh is slightly ahead. We probably lost two or three wickets more,” he added.

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