Thursday 4 August 2011 

Zimbabwe Enjoy First Day Back In Test Cricket

Zimbabwe Enjoy First Day Back In Test Cricket
Zimbabwe Enjoy First Day Back In Test Cricket
© REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe (INDIA) Picture Supplied by Action Images

Zimbabwe 264-2 (Masakadza 88no, Sibanda 78) v Bangladesh
Only Test, Harare, day one

Zimbabwe made a confident return to Test cricket by closing the opening day of their one-off game against Bangladesh on 264 for two in Harare.

A maiden half-century for Vusi Sibanda and an unbeaten 88 from Hamilton Masakadza ensured they had by far the better of proceedings after being put into bat

Sibanda made 78 in 153 balls as he and opener Tino Mawoyo put on 102 for the first wicket before Mawayo was caught by Mahmudullah off Rubel Hossain for 43.

SIbanda fell when he was caught by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahum off Hossain but there were to be no further breakthroughs for Bangladesh, who saw Imrul Kayes drop Sibanda after lunch to further tarnish their day.

Masakadza hit seven fours and a six, facing 203 balls during his fourth Test half-century while Sibanda matched his boundary count exactly, facing 153 balls for his 78.

Unbeaten alongside Masakadza at the close was new captain Brendan Taylor, who made 40.

Zimbabwe have not played a Test since 2005, when they voluntarily withdrew their status following a conflict between their players and the board.

© Cricket World 2011