A spirited century from Hamilton Masakadza wasn’t able to prevent Bangladesh from squaring the Test series against Zimbabwe on the final day in Harare. Ziaur Rahman took two of the wickets to fall during the day, with Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Sohag Gazi and Robiul Islam taking one each.
Zimbabwe resumed in their pursuit of 401 on 138 for four this morning and progressed well for a while as the Masakadza brothers resisted. Night-watchman Shingi and elder brother Hamilton took their fifth-wicket stand to 46 from almost 30 overs. Shingi was finally removed by Mohammad Ashraful, struck on the pad when down on the sweep, but he can reflect on what was an excellent series personally.
He was Zimbabwe’s leading wicket-taker with 10 wickets at the impressive average of 16.8 and contributed a couple of useful innings with the bat, including the one today. Indeed, he was singled out by his captain Brendan Taylor for praise afterwards: “I am very pleased with the way he bowled. He is one hell of a trier," Taylor said. "He has got such a big heart and he never stops giving his best. If we had eleven of him, we'd have a pretty good side."
Elton Chigumbura is someone who has endured a mixed series. A poor first Test was followed up by an improved performance here, before today he gave his wicket away in the tamest fashion imaginable. A simple skip down the wicket off Sohag Gazi and a chip to the waiting short mid-wicket was an inglorious end to his comeback series and did little for Zimbabwe’s cause. With him gone they were 169 for six and out of the hunt.
Richmond Mutumbami has found his feet in this Test after a disappointing debut with the bat and survived 39 balls before dragging on a wide one from Ziaur Rahman. His demise made it 200 for seven. Shortly after that Masakadza senior completed a welcome century which will do much to answer those questioning his apparently automatic place in the side. He ensured that the last three wickets added 57 runs before Kyle Jarvis got a marginal leg-before decision to round up what has been a disappointing match for him and a losing one for his side.
Credit must go to Bangladesh who bounced back well after a brace of dismal batting performances in game one. They were led well by senior players Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan, with the ever-impressive Nasir Hossain also contributing. Their seam bowling, mainly courtesy of Robiul Islam, has perhaps been the biggest surprise. Over the course of the two matches, he has taken two five-wicket hauls and averaged 19.53.
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