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Nayeem four-fer put Bangladesh in balance at day one

Mushfiqur Rahim returned to the Bangladesh lineup after missing out on their previous Test against Pakistan.

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Nayeem four-fer put Bangladesh in balance at day one
Craig Ervine scores 107. Photo: BCB

A number of late strikes by off-spinner Nayeem Hasan has placed Bangladesh in balance contest with Zimbabwe at stumps of day one at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday.

Nayeem finished the day with a stand-out figure of 4 for 68 that included the prized wicket of touring captain Craig Ervine who made a well-fought hundred in Zimbabwe’s first innings.

Ervine hit 107 off 227 balls — his third longer version century — as the visitors reached 228-6 at stumps after opting to bat first in what is the 100th international match between these two teams.

Bangladesh started with good grace after being sent into field first as pacer Abu Jayed struck early to remove opener Kevin Kasuza for two. Nayeem contributed in that wicket also as he took the catch at gully in the seventh over of Zimbabwean innings.

Remaining opener Prince Masvaure shared 111 run partnership with Ervine in the second wicket visibly led Zimbabwe upfront in the competition. Masvaure made 64 off 152 balls with nine fours before being Nayeem’s first hunt in the match.

Nayeem struck subsequently dismissing Brendan Taylor, who scored a century in both innings in his previous Test in Mirpur in 2018.

Ervine and Sikandar Raza added 40 runs for the fourth wicket after which Nayeem removed Raza in the final session of the day.

Jayed trapped Timcyen Maruma leg before for seven for his second wicket. Jayed claimed two wickets for the home team so far bowling 51 overs.

For Zimbabwe, wicket-keeper batsman Regis Chakabva was batting on nine alongside Donald Tiripano, not out zero to start the second day between whom the former was the only front line batsman the visitors have for the remaining of their innings.

Mushfiqur Rahim returned to the Bangladesh lineup after missing out on their previous Test against Pakistan while Zimbabwe handed Charlton Tshuma a debut Test cap.

 

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