Third down batsman, Hamilton Masakadza (right) too was dismissed for cheap as he fell to all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan for a mere 13 AFP (File Photo)
Third down batsman, Hamilton Masakadza (right) was dismissed for cheap as he fell to all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan for a mere 13 © AFP (File Photo)

Oct 25, 2014

The first day of the 1st test match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe has been off to a slow start as Zimbabwe are 77/2 at the end of 30 overs as lunch followed. There has not been any interesting turnaround so far, however, a lot can be expected in the post-lunch session as the teams would regroup to strategise their plans further in this match for the day after getting a fair idea about the conditions.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Zimbabwe were off to a slow start as they eventually lost opener Vusi Sibanda as his inconsistent form continued and was dismissed for just six off Shahadat Hossain at the score of six for Zimbabwe. Third down batsman, Hamilton Masakadza too was dismissed for cheap as he fell to all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan for a mere 13. However, batsmen Sikandar Raza and skipper, Brendan Taylor on 34 and 24 respectively have been steering the innings brilliantly from thereon and not letting the Bnagladesh bowlers settle down after two early crucial breakthroughs.

Bangladesh bowlers on the other hand have been bowling a good length so far, not allowing the Zimbabwean batsmen to free their arms, however, any loose delivery has been punished and resulted in a boundary. Shahadat Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan have been successful so far with the ball as they have claimed a wicket each. However, Al-Amin Hossain and Taijul Islam too have been bowling brilliantly that include two and three maidens respectively.

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