Honours even after first day’s play
The first day of the first Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ends even at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, which is hosting it’s first Test match.
The Sylhet stadium became Bangladesh’s eighth venue to host a Test match. Former captain Akram Khan rang the five-minute bell to inaugurate the match.
Zimbabwe opted to bat first after winning the toss. Both teams handed Test caps to their players. For Bangladesh, Ariful Haque and Nazmul Islam Apu made their debuts in Test cricket. While Brandon Mavuta and Wellington Masakadza made entrance to Test for Zimbabwe.
Taijul Islam struck twice in the first half of the first session. He picked up the wickets of Brian Chari (13) and Brendan Taylor (6). Skipper Hamilton Masakadza scored a his half-century before the lunch break but immediately became sole pacer Abu Jayed’s scalp. He made 52 from 105 balls hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Apu got his maiden wicket with Sikandar Raza getting bowled. The debutant celebrated his wicket with his trademark ‘naagin dance’.
Sean Williams and Peter Moor made recovery for Zimbabwe as they put on 72 runs for the fifth-wicket. The partnership was broken when good-looking Williams was sent back by Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad. Williams amassed 88 runs off 173 deliveries including 9 boundaries.
In the end, Moor and Regis Chakabva ensured Zimbabwe did not lose any more wickets in the final session. Moor is unbeaten on 122-ball 37* runs while the latter is on 20* off 28 balls.
Zimbabwe are 231/5 in 91 overs after the end of first day’s play.
Zimbabwe 231/5 in 91 overs (Williams 88, H Masakadza 52; Taijul 2/86, Mahmudullah 1/2)
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