Harare, Aug 5: Marking a promising return to Test cricket, Zimababwe notched up a healthy score of 264/2 at stumps on Day 1 of the one-off Test against tourists Bangladesh. The hosts' openers Tino Mawoyo and Vusi Sibanda got the show on the road by putting together a century-stand against a testing Bangladeshi attack.
In fact, Mawoyo set the tone for the day when he slammed Bangladeshi paceman Rabiul Islam for three fours in just the 4th over. The visitors didn't have any immediate reply for such positive intent and had to patiently toil away as the home side brought up their 50 in just 12 overs. The boundaries continued to come even as the batting duo fell into a routine of picking more singles.
But with the score at 102/0, Mawoyo reached for a short and wide delivery from Rabiul, sending it straight down the throat of sweeper cover. The batsman was out for 43. However, Zimbabwe continued to hold sway, aided by a drop catch from Sibanda soon after he had made his fifty. In the 47th over, Zimbabwe had crossed 151/1, but Sibanda played one shot too many for his 73 when Rubel Hossain had him caught behind.
Then captain Brendan Taylor joined Hamilton Masakadza at the crease and the two pressed on with ease against a hapless Abdur Razzak. In the 66th over, the hosts had gone past 200 and in the 83rd, were at 250 with Masakadza scoring a fifty along the way. A stumps, 14 more runs had been added to their total with Masakadza not out on 88 and Taylor playing a steady hand of support with an unbeaten 40.