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Bangladesh Complete Nervy Win

Mushfiqur Rahim
Muahfiqur Rahim stood firm to guide Bangladesh over the line
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Bangladesh 254 & 101-7 (Chigumbura 4-21) beat
Zimbabwe 240 & 114 by three wickets
First Test, Mirpur

Bangladesh's batsmen held their nerve to complete a three-wicket win over Zimbabwe after a record-breaking performance from spinner Taijul Islam had put them on course for victory.

Taijul took national record figures of eight for 39 as Zimbabwe were dismissed for 114 in their second innings, setting Bangladesh 101 to win.

The hosts then made the worst ever start to a fourth-innings of a Test by losing three wickets before a run had been scored.

They recovered to reach tea at 62 for four but lost three further wickets before Taijul hit the winning runs to put his side 1-0 up in the three-match series, completing a victory inside three days.

Resuming on five without loss, Zimbabwe struggled throughout their second innings with left-armer Taijul in his element on a wearing pitch.

Shahadat Hossain bowled eight overs, taking the wicket of Hamilton Masakadza for five but otherwise it was spin all the way for Bangladesh.

Brendan Taylor was left stranded on 45 not out for Zimbabwe, who lost three wickets for five runs to go from 53 for two to 58 for five and were unable, despite Taylor adding 34 for the sixth wicket with Craig Ervine (10), to recover.

With fellow left-armer Shakib Al Hasan (1-44) and leg-spinner Jubair Hossain (0-6) supporting Taijul, Zimbabwe then slumped from 92 for five to 114 all out.

Taijul's haul puts him at 30th on the all-time list - just behind Glenn McGrath's eight for 38 in 1997 and Hedley Verity's eight for 43 in 1934 - and he is the first Bangladeshi to take eight wickets in an innings.

But despite the modest target set for Bangladesh, his work was not yet done.

Elton Chigumbura (4-21) and Tinashe Panyangara (2-30) took the new ball and combined to dismiss Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman and Mominul Haque before Bangladesh were off the mark.

Mahmudullah (28) and Shakib (15) took them past India's unwanted record of the worst ever start to any Test innings (four wickets without a run being scored) and they added 46 before Shakib was caught by John Nyumbu off Tendai Chatara.

Mahmudullah fell to Chigumbura on the stroke of tea and after the break, Mushfiqur Rahim (23 not out) led Bangladesh's pursuit.

Chigumbura struck again to have Shuvagoto Hom caught by wicket-keeper Regis Chakabva and Panyangara had Shahadat caught by Taylor for 11 to make the score 82 for seven.

Rahim and Taijul eked out the final 19 runs with a couple of boundaries from Taijul helping him finish not out on 15.

Half-centuries from Mominul, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur built on Shakib's six-wicket haul in Zimbabwe's first innings, giving Bangladesh a slender lead that in the end proved to be invaluable.

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