Mushfiqur Rahil © AFP (File photo)
Mushfiqur Rahim said Bangladesh need more better performances © AFP (File photo)

Oct 27, 2014

A relieved Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said on Monday that his team needed an all-round improvement despite the win against Zimbabwe in the first Test at Mirpur. Taijul Islam shone with bat and ball as Bangladesh scored a tense three-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first Test on Monday to grab the lead in the three-match series.

Rahim said after the narrow win, “We are not where we want to be but a win is a win. There are a lot of areas we need to improve on. We need to get better in both batting and bowling.

“Taijul has been wonderful, but the others also contributed. It was a team effort, but we need to play a big innings and make it count.”

The 22-year-old left-arm spinner, Taijul,  became the first Bangladesh bowler to claim eight wickets in an innings, his figures of 8-39 helping to skittle Zimbabwe for 114 in the second innings.

Set a modest target of 101, Bangladesh slipped to 0-3 before Taijul, coming in at 82-7, guided his team home with an unbeaten 15 amid mounting tension on the third day at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka.

Taijul, who put on an unbroken stand of 19 with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (23 not out), was named the man of the match in only his third Test appearance.