Bangladesh A beat Zim A

The tourists won the toss and chose to bat, garnering 393 runs in their first innings, before they were dismissed by the hosts on the second day of the match.

Captain Tushar Imran top-scored with 128 runs off 176 balls, while Shake Nazmus Sadat added 62 and Mehrab Hossain 46.

Trevor Garwe was the pick of the Zimbabwe A bowlers, claiming four wickets for 55 runs in 18,5 overs.

Timsen Maruma and Stuart Matsikenyeri picked up two wickets each and Patient Charumbira and Tinashe Chisoro one apiece.

The Zimbabwe A’s chase started off poorly. The wickets of captain Hamilton Masakadza and his deputy Bernard Mlambo fell without troubling the scorers.

It was left to Tinashe Hove (23) and Tafadzwa Mufambisi (32) to prop up the Zimbabwe chase which ended on 116 in 44 overs, forcing the hosts to follow on.

Once again opener Mlambo did not have it easy, going for one run. And once again Hove stepped up to the plate, this time making 54.

Masakadza fell four runs short of a half-century, caught leg before wicket by Enamul Haque who finished with four wickets for 78 runs in 35,5 overs to add to his earlier haul of five for 34 in 14 overs.

But the player who made the difference for the hosts was right-hand batsman Stuart Matsikenyeri who made 127 runs and featured in a partnership with Mufambisi that contributed over 100 runs to the Zimbabwe A cause.

Maruma added 21 runs as Zimbabwe A finished their second innings on 388 for nine, setting Bangladesh A a victory target of 112. Robertson Chinyengetere did not bat due to a broken right ring finger while fielding.

The Bangladesh chase ended successfully just before lunch on the fourth day on Tuesday.

The sides were scheduled to play their second four-day match at the Mutare Sports starting on Friday, before the tour moves to Bulawayo on Tuesday for one four-day match and three one-dayers at the Queens Sports Club.

While the visitors will be hoping to continue with their winning ways, Zimbabwe Acoach Andy Pycroft will be happy with the rearguard challenge posed by his charges in the second innings.

He will also be happy with the performances of Mufambisi and Hove, Matsikenyeri’s on-field announcement of his return and Garwe’s bowling.

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