Harare, Aug 9: Zimbabwe scripted a memorable victory over Bangladesh in their comeback to Test match arena. They beat the more fancied Bangladesh side by 130 runs.
On the final day of the match, with seven wickets in hand, Bangladesh needed 265 runs to win the match. But their batsmen showed a lack of application on a very fine pitch and were bundled out for just 244 runs.
It was not Bangladesh' defeat that surprised many, rather it was the complete lack of fight that once again raised questions over their Test match status. All their batsmen were victims of their own impetuosness than of Zimbabwe's bowlers.
Starting the day at 112/3 in 30 overs, it seemed to appear that Bangladesh may be able to draw the match. The presence of Mohammed Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim at the crease was always going to give the Zimbabweans a little hope of getting another wicket. But the duo, it seemed to appear had learnt their lesson and were prepared to grind it out.
But then Ashraful did what he does best and that is to squander a good start. He had played well for his 51-ball 39. He was then followed by Mahmudullah, who could manage only 11 runs. Skipper Shakib al Hasan too departed soon and was followed by Mushfiqur Rahim, who until then had applied himself better than his other teammates.
Abdur Razzak, then swung at everything before departing for a 17-ball 43. His innings was laced with three sixes and five boundaries.
Bangladesh went to lunch with the score reading a pathetic 228/8.
Jarvis, completed the formalities for Zimbabwe by picking up the last two wickets of Shaiful and Robiul Islam. He was easily the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers and ended up with innings figure of 4/61. Brendan Taylor was adjudged the man of the match for his brilliant century in Zimbabwe's second innings.
The ODI series between the two sides starts from Aug 12.