Akash Das Sports Correspondent:
Bangladesh in the driver’s seat at the end of the first day in three fifties. At the end of the first day, the visitors lost 8 wickets and scored 294 runs.
Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque won the toss and elected to bat first in the only Test against hosts Zimbabwe at the Sporting Club ground in Harare today. However, after proving the captain’s decision wrong, opener Saif Hasan returned to the dressing room after being bowled by Zimbabwean fast bowler Mujrabami without adding any runs next to his name.
Young Nazmul Hossain Shanto failed with three wickets. Before Mujrabami’s second victim, Shantar came from the bat with only 2 runs. Bangladesh lost two wickets in quick succession and handled the start of the innings with the help of Mominul Haque Sourav and Sadman Islam. However, Engaraba did not allow the pair to grow. The young fast bowler broke the 60-run partnership by returning Sadman for 23 runs.
Mushfiqur Rahim could not settle for a long wicket after Sadman’s departure. Mujrabami became the third victim and returned with 11 runs. Shakib Al Hasan, who failed to return to the Bangladesh Test team after a long absence, also returned with 3 runs as he was not young. Mominul Haque, who had been on the edge for a long time, returned with 70 runs. Mominul’s innings of 92 balls was arranged in 13 fours. Bangladesh, who lost 6 wickets quickly, then showed the light of hope with wicketkeeper Liton Das and Mahmudullah’s return to the Bangladesh Test team after a long absence.
The duo averaged 138 runs for the seventh wicket. The pair broke up when Donald Tripiano returned Liton Das to the dressing room with a personal 95. Liton’s 95-run innings was arranged with the help of 13 fours. Mehdi Miraj also returned to the dressing room after Liton’s return. At the end of the day, Mahmudullah is unbeaten on 54 and Taskin Ahmed is unbeaten on 15. Bleaching Mujarabami took 3 wickets for Zimbabwe. Tripiano took two wickets and Nachi took another wicket.
Bangladesh 294/8 (1st innings)
Liton 95 Muminul 70
Mujarabami 3/48 Tripiano 2/36