Bangladesh’s first Test winning anniversary today!
CRICDOT DESK : On the morning of January 10, 2005, a new chapter was added to the cricket trip in Bangladesh. Bengal tiger celebrated its first victory in the longest game format in the first match of two test series against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh had complete control over the game from the beginning because of the advantage of home advantage. After winning the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, the host decided to win first.
openers Javed Omar and Nafees Iqbal got off to a solid start on the team and built a 91-run partnership on their first wicket. Omar was fired at 33 when skipper Habiburu Bashar stole the bat in third place.
Bashar first formed an important partnership with Mohammad Ashraful, 19, and then Rajin Saleh to help his team gain more control over the game. Both Bashar (94) and Sale (89) missed hundreds of course, but helped the team hit a total of 488 huge hits in the first inning.
In response, the guest fell to the pavilion with half his back in just 86 runs. However, captains Tatenda Taib (92) and Elton Chigunbra (71) held up to give hope to Zimbabwe. Their elastic strokes made the visitor a fine total of 312, but Bangladesh was still 176 runs ahead. The host had a total of 381 runs in Zimbabwe, adding another 204 runs before announcing two innings. The victory was not visible to Tatenda Taibuled who just wanted to save the game.
Disciplined bowling from Bangladesh, especially Enamul hok, made the job even more difficult for visitors.
After waiting for 35 tests for more than 4 years, Bangladesh finally added a test victory. The ease with which they wiped out Zimbabwe and won 226 runs made the opportunity even better.