Zimbabwe taste first win after five years

Zimbabwe have won their first Test match after five years as they triumph Bangladesh by 151 runs in the first Test in Sylhet. The visitors go 1-0 up in two-match series.

Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams celebrate a wicket
Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams celebrate a wicket


This is Zimbabwe’s seventh Test win against Bangladesh, first since 2013. Their last Test victory before this was against Pakistan in the same year. This is also their third Test win away from home and second in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh were 111/5 at lunch in course to 321 runs. The last five wickets fell quickly, all going to debutants Brandon Mavuta and Wellington Masakaza’s pockets. Mushfiqur Rahim was the first to go in the second session while playing a slog sweep off Mavuta.

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Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam and Nazmul Islam Apu all went down immediately. Ariful Haque struck some blows to reduce margin of defeat. He was the last one to go which eventually ended the match inside four days. Ariful hit 37-ball 38 runs with 4 fours and 2 sixes.

Mavuta grabbed four wickets for 21 runs in ten overs in the second innings of his debut Test. Wellington Masakadza took two wickets. Sikandar Raza bagged three for 41 when he troubled Bangladesh in the first session.

Sean Williams was adjudged player of the match for his 88-run knock in the first innings. Zimbabwe posted 282 after winning the toss and then bundled Bangladesh out for 143 runs. Zimbabwe made 181 in their second innings to give Bangladesh a target of 321 runs.

The second Test will start from November 11 at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 282 and 181

Bangladesh 143 and 169 all out in 63.1 overs (Imrul 43, Ariful 38; Mavuta 4/21, Raza 3/41)

Zimbabwe won by 151 runs

Man of the Match: Sean Williams

Watch Bangladesh’s All Wickets Against Zimbabwe


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