Shakib Al Hasan has been successful with the ball so far claiming to crucial wickets and bowling five maiden off the 20 overs he has bowled so far © Getty Images (File Photo)
Shakib Al Hasan has been successful with the ball so far claiming to crucial wickets and bowling five maiden off the 20 overs he has bowled so far © Getty Images (File Photo)

Oct 25, 2014

Following a slow start to the first session for Zimbabwe in the first Test against Bangladesh at Mirpur, Zimbabwe are currently 179 for the loss of five wickets. It has been a good session from Bangladesh’s point of view as they have earned three crucial wickets to send half of the team back to pavilion and gain control over the match.

Following their loss of two wickets before lunch, it was expected that Siknadar Raza and skipper, Brendan Taylor would steer the innings to a good total and would stay at the crease for long following their good track record. But unfortunately, they couldn’t last long as Taylor was the first to depart in the post-lunch session for 28, followed by Sikandar Raza, who played a good knock of 51, but failed to convert it to a big total. He was then followed by Elton Chigumbura, who too was dismissed for cheap 29 runs by all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan. Currently, Craig Ervine and Regis Chakabva are on the crease and they must make sure that they bat till the end of day’s play to put up a big total on the board at put pressure on Bangladesh.

Bangladesh bowlers on the other hand have been on top form with mainly three bowlers. Shakib Al Hasan: 25-5-38-2, Jubair Hossain: 13-1-48-2 and Shahadat Hossain: 11-0-38-1 have been successful so far with more to come in the post-tea session.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer)