Williams, Masakadza shine against Bangladesh

Sean Williams and skipper Hamilton Masakadza slammed a fifty each as Zimbabwe made 236 for five on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh here on Saturday.
Williams, Masakadza shine against Bangladesh
Hamilton Masakadza

Chennai

SYLHET: Williams made 88 off 179 balls after Masakadza hit 52 off 105 balls to lay the initial foundation for Zimbabwe at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, which was hosting its maiden Test. Bangladesh had regular breakthroughs, mostly by its spinners, but lacked the penetrating power to completely unsettle the visitor playing its first Test in 2018.

Williams received some support from Peter Moor as the duo shared 72 runs for the fifth wicket after Bangladeshi spinners looked to have slowly gained control. Skipper Mahmudullah denied Williams his second Test century when he forced the left-hander to give a catch at slip to Mehidy Hasan after hitting nine fours in his patient knock.

Moor survived the day with 37 runs. He was being accompanied by Regis Chakabva on 20 at stumps. The opening session belonged to Masakadza, who won the toss and opted to bat, and Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, with the latter claiming two wickets before finishing the day with two for 36.

Masakadza led the early charge with two sixes off Taijul and four fours, but could have been dismissed by debutant Ariful Haque if Bangladesh had reviewed a leg before appeal. Taijul had Brendan Taylor caught by Nazmul Hossain at forward short leg. Jayed dismissed Masakadza in the first over of second session. Debutant left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam bowled Sikandar Raza for 19 for his maiden wicket to give Bangladesh its second success in the session.

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