Twitter Reactions: Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam hand Zimbabwe a hammering in Mirpur

Twitter Reactions: Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam hand Zimbabwe a hammering in Mirpur

Nayeem returned with a five-wicket haul.

Bangladesh team
Bangladesh team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Once Bangladesh amassed a first-innings lead of 295 runs, Zimbabwe had pretty remote chances of staging a comeback. In the end, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, the hosts came out trumps by an innings and 106 runs. The spinners became nearly impossible to play on a weary pitch the fourth day’s play of the one-off Test. It was also the Tigers third Test win over Zimbabwe in Mirpur.

Nayeem and Taijul wreak havoc

In their second innings, Zimbabwe found themselves in utter shambles after Prince Masvaure and night-watchman Donald Tiripano perished for ducks to the guile of Nayeem Hasan. In the fourth day’s morning, Taijul Islam removed Kevin Kasuza, caught in the slips. Brendan Taylor became Nayeem third’s victim while going for a sweep. Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza showed fight though.

Ervine carried on from where he left in the first innings. He played at a strike-rate of 87.75, scoring 43 off 49 with six fours and a six. The duo put on 60 runs for the fifth wicket, though it was far from dragging Zimbabwe out of the precarious position. But to their agony, moments before the lunch break, Ervine fell prey to a run-out as a direct hit from Mominul Haque accounted for his wicket.

Nayeem gets a five-wicket haul

Zimbabwe went into lunch with the score at 114 for five, 181 runs away to avoid an innings defeat. After the break, Taijul nipped out Raza to further jolt the visitors. Raza looked elegant in his 37. From there, Timycen Maruma fought hard, getting 41 off 52 balls with five fours. He was involved in a 44-run stand with Regis Chakabva for the seventh wicket. Taijul removed the latter to break the stand.

Nayeem joined the party and got rid of Ainsley Ndlovu, trapping him plumb in front. The off-spinner got rid of Maruma to notch a five-wicket haul. Taijul picked up debutant Charlton Thsuma to bring the curtains down on the encounter. Even as the spinners were tough to get away, the pace bowling duo of Abu Jayed Rahi and Ebadot Hossain didn’t have much to do, sending down only nine overs.

Here’s how Twitterati lauded Bangladesh on the victory: –