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Shakib six puts Bangladesh on top

Host ends first day at 27 for 1 after Zimbabwe was bowled out for 240 in first Test

Shakib six puts Bangladesh on top - Cricket News
Shakib Al Hasan put on a spellbinding show with the ball to help his team take control of the first Test against Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday (October 25).
 
Zimbabwe, who opted to bat, was bowled out for 240 in 75.5 overs, with Shakib taking 6 for 59. In reply, Bangladesh lost Tamil Iqbal for 5, but Shamsur Rahman and Mominul Haque ensured there was no further damage, bringing the curtains down on the opening day at 27 for 1.
 
As many as eight Zimbabwe batsmen got into double figures, with Sikander Raza's 122-ball 51 being the highest score of the innings. Raza and Brendan Taylor helped Zimbabwe establish a footing before Shakib turned the tide in Bangladesh's favour over the course of his 24.5 overs.
 
Bangladesh had reduced Zimbabwe to 179 for 5 at tea with Shakib and Jubair Hossain, the debutant legspinner, bagging a couple of wickets each after Shahadat Hossain, one of two medium pacers used by Bangladesh, had gotten rid of Vusi Sibanda in the first over of the match.
 
It looked like Craig Ervine and Regis Chakabva, who remained unbeaten on 24 and 15 respectively at the tea break, would provide Zimbabwe with a much needed partnership at that point. They added 50 runs for the sixth wicket and ensured Zimbabwe crossed the 200-run mark before the stand was broken.
 
That was the pattern through the Zimbabwe innings, with the Bangladesh bowlers striking before any partnership grew into a large one.
 
With Vusi Sibanda (6) and Hamilton Masakadza back in the hut, Taylor and Raza came together with the score at 31 for 2, and added 52 runs for the third wicket to put some pressure on Bangladesh. But Jubair deceived Taylor in flight, forcing him to mistime a lofted hit into the hands of Taijul Islam at mid-off.



Raza remained undeterred and forged a healthy partnership with Elton Chigumbura as they added 45 runs. Raza brought up his half-century from 117 balls, his second in Tests, before becoming Jubair’s second victim. Chigumbura followed suit by edging a delivery from Shakib to Mominul at silly point.
 
Ervine and Chakabva raised Zimbabwes hopes with their stand but following their dismissals, Shakib made short work of the Zimbabwe tail.

To see the scorecard and review the Zimbabwe v Bangladesh match in full, please click here.

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