Tour-Opening Loss For Zimbabwe In Bangladesh
BCB XI 207-6 (Faisal Hossain 81no, Chibhaba 3-32) beat
Zimbabweans 206 (Taibu 62, Tareq Aziz 3-40) by four wickets
Tour match, Fatullah
Zimbabwe warmed up for their five-match One-Day International series against Bangladesh with a four-wicket defeat to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI in Fatullah.
The returning Tatenda Taibu top scored with 62 as the Zimbabwean side was bowled out for 206 before an unbeaten 81 from Faisal Hossain saw the BCB XI home with one ball more than five overs to spare.
The Zimbabwean innings lasted exactly 42 overs with in-form batsman Brendan Taylor (32) offering Taibu useful support before the cheap dismissals of Charles Coventry (10) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (6) left him batting with the tail.
Opening bowler Tareq Aziz, who last played for Bangladesh in 2004, picked up three wickets, as did Talha Jubair, another man to have played for Bangladesh as recently as five years ago.
The BCB XI then found themselves in deep trouble in reply when they lurched to 53 for four despite a top order that boasted Nafees Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Hannan Sarkar but they were rescued by Faisal's innings of 81 in 101 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes.
Hossain, like the two most successful bowlers of the day, also last played a Test for his country in 2004 and he was given excellent support from wicket-keeper Saghir Hossain, who was unbeaten on 35.
Justice Chibhabha, who opened the bowling alongside Kyle Jarvis, returned three for 32 as he dismissed the top three men in the order but only Jarvis and Graeme Cremer could also manage to take a wicket, leaving Zimbabwe with work to do ahead of a second warm-up game on 25th October and then the opening ODI on Tuesday 27th October in Mirpur.
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