Mominul Haque scored a brilliant century © AFP (File Photo)
Mominul Haque was declared Man of the Match for scoring a brilliant century in the second innings © AFP (File Photo)

By Varun Arora

Nov 14, 2014

Bangladesh left out Zimbabwe by 186 runs and won the third Test match played at Chittagong, on Sunday. With this win, the impressive Bangladeshi side also went on to seal the three-match Test series 3-0. Zimbabwe, who needed another 377 runs when play started on the final day, failed to put up a fight and were bowled out for 262. Jubair Hossain was Bangladesh’s star performer in the second essay, claiming his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket in the first innings, and bagged overall seven wickets in the Test.

For the tourists, Regis Chakabva waged a lone battle as he remained unbeaten on 89. He faced as many as 181 balls and slammed seven fours and a six, but he could not avoid the inevitable as his side succumbed to yet another loss. Bangladesh wrapped up the match in the last over before the tea. Chakabva showed resistance but felt short of partners.

Bangladesh had many good performances from their side, but Mominul Haque, who scored 38 in the first innings and unbeaten 131 in the second, was rewarded with the Man of the Match award.

After the play started on Day Five, Sikandar Raza was dismissed after completing his half-century. The part-time spinner, Shuvugata Hom picked up two wickets. Hamilton Masakadza and Raza were dismissed in quick succession by Hom. Chakabva and Brendan Taylor carried on from there and stitched a stubborn 49-run partnership before the Zimbabwe captain departed.

Chakabva and Craig Ervine carried on to take the tourists to 182 for five at lunch. Chakabva looked in supreme touch as he got those occasional boundaries. Ervine was the first wicket in the second session as he was struck in front of the leg stump by Mahmudullah. Ervine immediately went for a review which went against him and he went back to pavilion after scoring 16 runs.

Chakabva and Richmond Mutumbami, the Zimbabwean wicketkeeper, survived few more overs. During this partnership, Chakabva also smacked his first and the only six of the innings as he treated Taijul Islam over the mid-wicket boundary.

Soon after drinks, Bangladesh struck again. The wicketkeeper-batsman, Mutumbami was sent back by Taijul — the second consecutive Zimbabwe batsman to dismissed leg-before. The last three wickets fell only in a matter of two overs.

Earlier, Bangladesh snapped 503 runs in the first innings. Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal were involved in a 224-run opening partnership, which turned out to be the best opening stand in the Bangladeshi cricket history.

When Zimbabwe came out to bat they managed to get to 374 before they were bundled out. Zimbabwe had four batsmen scoring fifties but none could score a century. Bangladesh, having acquired a lead of 129 runs, added another 319 runs in their second essay to set a mammoth target of 439 against the African side.

Tamim Iqbal was successful as he garnered a half-century while Mominul went on to score 131. Shakib Al Hasan, the poster boy of Bangladesh cricket, could only manage one wicket in this match. But he would be happy to play a pivotal role for Bangladesh in this Test series.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 503 (Tamim Iqbal 109, Imrul Kayes 130, Shakib Al Hasan 71; Sikandar Raza 3 for 123) & 319 for 5 decl. (Mominul Haque 131; Tinashe Panyangara 2 for 31) beat Zimbabwe 374 ( Elton Chigumbura 88, Sikandar Raza 82, Hamilton Masakadza 81; Jubair Hossain 5 for 96) & 262 (Regis Chakabva 89*; Rubel Hossain 2 for 16) by 186 runs.

Man of the Match: Mominul Haque

Man of the Series: Shakib Al Hasan

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(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)