Debutant Vitori help Zimbabwe claw back against Bangladesh

Debutant Brian Vitori (R) is congratulated by captain Brendan Taylor during the first Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh AFP

Harare: Aug 5, 2011

Debutant Brian Vitori claimed two quick wickets to turn the tide back in Zimbabwe’s favour at tea on the second day of their one-off Test match against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club.

After starting the day looking comfortable on 264 for two in their first innings, Zimbabwe lost eight wickets in quick succession around lunch.

They were 326 for six at the lunch break, and were eventually all out for 370 in mid-afternoon.

However, Bangladesh lost two early wickets of their own to slip to 38 for two just before the tea break.

Both openers, Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes, were caught off the bowling of Vitori after scoring only 15 and four runs respectively, leaving the tourists still 334 runs behind their hosts with eight wickets remaining.

Earlier, in Zimbabwe’s first Test after six years in exile, Hamilton Masakadza scored 104, his second Test century.

He resumed after ending day one on 88 not out, and toiled for his runs before completing his century in 235 balls.

His hundred included eight fours and one six and was his first ton since his debut against the West Indies on the same ground 10 years ago.

Shortly after, he fell to a catch at first slip by Imral Keyes when trying to drive Robiul Islam for 104 to end a partnership of 142 for the third wicket with Brendan Taylor.

Vusi Sibanda made 78 while Taylor, in an unusually subdued mood, made his fourth Test half-century before being dismissed for 71.

Shakib Al Hasan and Rubel Hossain took three wickets apiece for Bangladesh.