Zimbabwe returns to Test cricket with a win

Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by 130 runs on Monday in Harare, securing victory in their first Test match for six years.

Bangladesh, who were dismissed for 287 in their first innings, resumed at 3-112 at the start of play on the fifth day, needing a further 263 runs for victory after Zimbabwe posted 370 and 5-291 declared in their respective first and second innings.

Jarvis claimed 4-61 and Mpofy took 3-51 to help bowl Bangladesh out for 244 just after lunch on the fifth day.

“It was a great honour and a privilege and I couldn’t have been happier to lead a great bunch of guys and work with the coaching staff we’ve got,” said Taylor, who was named man of the match in his first Test as captain after following up his first innings 71 with 105 not out in the second innings..

“That made my job a lot easier and all the hard work the guys put in, I was very confident coming into this game.

“We feel totally justified now at returning to Tests.”

“It has been a long, hard haul. I believe we won mainly because we have worked so hard during the last 12 months.”

“The fact is we wanted to win more than Bangladesh did. Our team really put themselves on the line. We had some setbacks, but we had the strength to recover.”

Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan accepted that the best team won.

“I thought in both innings we didn’t bat well,” skipper Shakib Al Hasan said.

“The wicket was a good one to bat on. We are disappointed with our batting.”

“We thought if we batted two sessions properly and we keep wickets in hand that would give us a chance but we kept on losing wickets and that cost us the game.”

“We were outplayed in both bowling and batting departments, partly because we would have preferred to have had a bit more time to prepare after arriving in Harare.”

“Nonetheless, I was disappointed with our performance overall. I’m sure it will be very different in the ODI series.”

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