Skipper Craig Ervine scored a dogged century as Zimbabwe shared the honours with Bangladesh on the opening day of the one-off Test right here on Saturday. Ervine hit 107 off 227 balls — his third century in Tests — because the guests reached 228-6 at stumps after opting to bat first in what’s the 100th worldwide match between two groups.
Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan bowled Ervine, who struck 13 fours, shortly earlier than the stumps earlier than ending with 4-68, the most effective return for the house aspect on the opening day.
Nayeem helped Bangladesh restore steadiness within the contest with two wickets every within the ultimate two periods after Zimbabwe made a cautious begin.
Pace bowler Abu Jayed struck early to take away opener Kevin Kasuza for 2 as Nayeem took a catch at gully after first run from the bat in Zimbabwe’s innings got here within the seventh over.
But different opener Prince Masvaure — who made 64 off 152 balls with 9 fours — shared a 111-run with Ervine for the second wicket to place Zimbabwe in management.
Nayeem eliminated Masvaure with a pointy return catch shortly after the batsman was dropped by Najmul Hossain at slip on 59 runs.
Brendan Taylor, who scored a century in each innings in his earlier Test in Mirpur in 2018, quickly adopted Masvaure as Nayeem bowled him for 10.
The skilled proper-hander tried a reverse sweep however may solely join the ball with his gloves earlier than it smashed onto his stumps.
Ervine and Sikandar Raza added 40 runs for the fourth wicket, earlier than Nayeem eliminated Raza within the ultimate session of the day.
Jayed trapped Timcyen Maruma leg earlier than for seven for his second wicket after the batsman was reprieved by a TV umpire on one off Taijul Islam.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Regis Chakabva was batting on 9 alongside Donald Tiripano, not out zero, when stumps had been drawn on the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Mushfiqur Rahim returned to the Bangladesh lineup after lacking out on their earlier Test in opposition to Pakistan.
Zimbabwe handed Charlton Tshuma his Test debut.
Bangladesh have misplaced their final six Test matches — 5 of them by an innings or extra — however they’ve additionally overwhelmed Zimbabwe 5 occasions of their final six encounters.