Second Test Evenly Poised After Error Strewn Day
Bangladesh 300-6 (Shakib 81, Rahim 60) v
Second Test, Harare, day one
Report by Daniel Grummitt
The second Test in Harare is evenly poised after day one with neither side looking too keen to take the ascendancy. Zimbabwe bowled worse than they did in the first Test and dropped numerous chances, but were still rewarded with six wickets as Bangladesh’s batsmen, for the most part, continued to lack the application needed for Test cricket.
Tamim Iqbal and Jahurul Islam added 44 after Zimbabwe had won the toss and elected to field. The home side brought the fit-again Regis Chakabva into their line-up at the expense of the injured Timycen Maruma, while Bangladesh made four changes.
Tamim returned from injury and replaced Shahriar Nafees at the top of the order, while Mominul Haque, Ziaur Rahman and Sajidul Islam were preferred to Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi and the injured Rubel Hossain.
Tamim and Jahurul’s opening partnership is perhaps not best described as chanceless. Jahurul was dropped by Graeme Cremer in the second over of the match off Keegan Meth and also survived two run out chances, while Tamim was also dropped, when on 24, and was almost run out.
Jahurul’s luck eventually came to an end when he was on 24 and skied a catch to Malcolm Waller in the covers. Mohammad Ashraful also played a mindless shot and was out for four so the visitors went to lunch at 89 for two.
Tamim went not long after the resumption, attempting a tight single to Shingirai Masakadza at mid-off only to see the fast bowler hit the stumps with his underarm throw. Mominul Haque became the fourth man to throw his wicket away when he scooped a catch to cover. At that point Bangladesh were 125 for four and in danger of not making Zimbabwe pay for their earlier lapses in the field.
However, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim combined to add 123 for the fifth wicket either side of tea and threatened to put their side into a strong position. Both reached fifty, with Shakib the aggressor taking just 84 balls and Rahim, perhaps feeling the pressure after his team’s capitulation last week, using up 126 deliveries.
Unfortunately for the tourists, both fell before the close, with Shakib making 81 before giving Elton Chigumbura his second wicket of the innings with a headless waft that found the outside edge and Rahim was trapped in front by Kyle Jarvis.
Zimbabwe's talismanic seamer had had an off day until that point and bowled too full, possibly searching too much for swing. It was Meth who emerged as the best of the attack, getting through 16 overs at a cost of only 22 runs and picking up the wicket of Jahurul.
Nasir Hossain took Bangladesh through until the close and ended on 37 off only 39 balls, with Ziaur Rahman partnering him on eight.
It is probably fair to say that both teams will be disappointed with the way they played, but both will be mightily relieved to still be in the contest.
© Cricket World 2013
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