Wickets Tumble On Opening Day Of Tour Match
22 wickets fell on the first day of a three-day tour match between the Bangladesh National Academy and the touring Zimbabwe side with both teams bowled out for double figure scores.
Batting first, Zimbabwe were shot out for 89 before the Academy replied with 59 but Zimbabwe showed improvement in their second innings to close on 133 for two.
The Academy side used only three bowlers to run through the Zimbabwean batting line-up as Sajudul Islam picked up five wickets and Nazmul Hossain four with only Hamilton Masakadza (21), Tatenda Taibu (16) and Vusi Sibanda (15) getting going.
The Academy then crashed to 59 all out as opening bowlers Ed Rainsford and Elton Chigumbura shared six wickets with Tawanda Mupariwa collecting two and Masakadza the other. Top scorer for the Academy was vice-captain Marshall Ayub with 18 as only he and Kamrul Islam (12) reached double figures.
With the game progressing at some speed, Zimbabwe made better progress in their second innings as Masakadza hit an unbeaten 55 and Stuart Matsikenyeri hitting 42.
Zimbabwe begin a One Day International tri-series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on January 10th.
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