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Zimbabwe notch first Test win since 2013

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

SYLHET, Bangladesh (AP) :

Zimbabwe registered their first Test victory since 2013, thrashing Bangladesh by 151 runs in the opening Test yesterday with a day to spare.

Since their victory against Pakistan at Harare five years ago, Zimbabwe had lost 11 matches and drawn one.

Bangladesh, 26 without loss overnight and needing 321 to win, were all out for 169 in their second innings before tea on day four.

"This will definitely revive Zimbabwean cricket," Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput said. "We have started believing that we can't only win at home, we can win abroad as well. This is the first step and we need to kick on from here."

The Zimbabwe spinners lived up to Rajput's prediction they would be decisive on a fourth-day pitch to derail Bangladesh's chase.

Offspinner Sikandar Raza wreaked havoc on Bangladesh's top order with 3-41, and the mopping up was achieved by the debutants, legspinner Brandon Mavuta (4-21) and left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza (2-33).

Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes was the top scorer with 43, and debutant Ariful Haque added 38 before being the last batsman out. Bangladesh, who scored 143 in the first innings, fell for less than 200 for an eighth straight innings.

Final scores: Zimbabwe 282 & 181; Bangladesh 143 & 169. Zimbabwe won by 151 runs.