Twitter Reactions: Nayeem Hasan’s four-fer, Craig Ervine’s ton headline steady opening day in Mirpur

Twitter Reactions: Nayeem Hasan’s four-fer, Craig Ervine’s ton headline steady opening day in Mirpur

Nayeem had the last laugh, castling Ervine in the penultimate over of the day.

Craig Ervine
Craig Ervine. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The opening day’s play between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Mirpur posed a lot of challenge for the batters. Craig Ervine and Co tried their level best, scoring 228 for the loss of six wickets. There was turn on offer for the spinners and Nayeem Hasan made use of the conditions with a four-wicket haul. With the pitch expected to break further, the batters will be in for a tough task going forward.

Ervine holds it together

Zimbabwe had to work hard for their runs in the initial stages as Ebadot Hossain and Abu Jayed Rahi hit the right channels. One of the openers, Kevin Kasuza, fell prey to Rahi after toiling hard for 24 balls. But Prince Masvaure (64) and Craig Ervine restored sanity. The duo carried the visitors, unscathed, to 80/1 at Lunch. They carried on the good work and put on 111 for the second wicket.

Nayeem Hasan induced a caught and bowled to get rid of Masvaure. Brendan Taylor started with an inside out drive for a four, but Nayeem rattled his woodwork soon after. At the other end, Ervine put his head down and got to his half-century off 117 balls. The left-hander was appointed as the skipper in Sean Williams’ absence and he led from the front in rather challenging conditions in Mirpur.

Nayeem picks up four

In the second session, Zimbabwe again trod the patient root, scoring 70 in 30 overs. Sikandar Raza tried to occupy the crease before he became Nayeem’s third victim after scoring 18 runs off 62 balls with three fours. Timycen Maruma replaced Williams in the eleven and he couldn’t survive the heat. Speedster Jayed trapped him plumb in front to send half the visitors’ batting back to the pavilion.

Ervine didn’t stop though and got to his third Test century off 213 balls. The left-hander whipped one away off Abu Jayed, completed a couple, and then pumped his fists in ecstasy. But his joy didn’t last long as Nayeem ripped his poles apart in the penultimate over of the day. The ball ricocheted off the pads on to the stumps when he went for a cover drive. He managed 107 off 227 with 13 fours.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to the first day’s play: –