Skipper Craig Ervine scored a dogged century as Zimbabwe shared the honours with Bangladesh on the opening day of the one-off Test here on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>Ervine hit 107 off 227 balls -- his third century in Tests -- as the visitors reached 228-6 at stumps after opting to bat first in what is the 100th international match between two teams. <p></p> <p></p>Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan bowled Ervine, who struck 13 fours, shortly before the stumps before finishing with 4-68, the best return for the home side on the opening day. <p></p> <p></p>Nayeem helped Bangladesh restore balance in the contest with two wickets each in the final two sessions after Zimbabwe made a cautious start. <p></p> <p></p>Pace bowler Abu Jayed struck early to remove opener Kevin Kasuza for two as Nayeem took a catch at gully after the first run from the bat in Zimbabwe's innings came in the seventh over. <p></p> <p></p>But the other opener Prince Masvaure -- who made 64 off 152 balls with nine fours -- shared a 111-run with Ervine for the second wicket to put Zimbabwe in control. <p></p> <p></p>Nayeem removed Masvaure with a sharp return catch shortly after the batsman was dropped by Najmul Hossain at slip on 59 runs. <p></p> <p></p>Brendan Taylor, who scored a century in both innings in his previous Test in Mirpur in 2018, soon followed Masvaure as Nayeem bowled him for 10. <p></p> <p></p>The experienced right-hander attempted a reverse sweep but could only connect the ball with his gloves before it smashed onto his stumps. <p></p> <p></p>Ervine and Sikandar Raza added 40 runs for the fourth wicket, before Nayeem removed Raza in the final session of the day. <p></p> <p></p>Jayed trapped Timcyen Maruma leg before for seven for his second wicket after the batsman was reprieved by a TV umpire on one-off Taijul Islam. <p></p> <p></p>Wicketkeeper-batsman Regis Chakabva was batting on nine alongside Donald Tiripano, not out zero, when stumps were drawn at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. <p></p> <p></p>Mushfiqur Rahim returned to the Bangladesh lineup after missing out on their previous Test against Pakistan. <p></p> <p></p>Zimbabwe handed Charlton Tshuma his Test debut. <p></p> <p></p>Bangladesh have lost their last six Test matches -- five of them by an innings or more -- but they have also beaten Zimbabwe five times in their last six encounters.