Zimbabwe pacer Kyle Jarvis on Sunday credited Bangladesh batsmen duo Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim for their tremendous batting efforts which put the hosts in an excellent position after the end of the opening day of second Test in Mirpur.
Both Mominul and Mushfiq exhibited fantastic batting to reach their respective hundreds and guided Bangladesh to 303-5 at stumps in the final Test against Zimbabwe at Sher-e Bangla National Stadium.
Mominul scored a brilliant 161 before being dismissed at the 86th over of the day off Tendai Chatara while Mushfiq remained unbeaten on 111 at the end of first day’s play.
However, their efforts didn’t come in an easy way as Bangladesh lost three quick wickets to be reduced to 26-3 in the first hour of the first session, but both the players produced a record-breaking stand of 266 runs to give Bangladesh edge in the crucial encounter.
‘I thought this morning there was a bit of moisture. It was conducive to seam bowling this morning. Credit’s got to go to Mominul and Mushfiqur,’ Jarvis told reporters in the press-conference after the day’s play.
‘They battled through a really tough time out there, and they batted really well and really sensibly. Credit must go to them, because it could easily have been five or six wickets down early,’ he added.
Zimbabwe started the contest in the best possible way as their pacers – Jarvis and Donald Tiripano dismissed Imrul Kayes (0), Liton Das (nine) and debutant Mohammad Mithun (0) cheaply to rattle Bangladesh top-order.
However, they lost the initial advantage after Mominul and Mushfiq paired together and outplayed them in the remaining part of the day despite the wicket challenging the batsmen throughout the day.
‘There was still a bit in it for the seamers all day. They batted really well, and for about three hours there we didn’t bowl well at all. We gave them some scoring opportunities on a wicket where we shouldn’t have gone for many runs,’ Jarvis said.
Jarvis, who was the best bowler for Zimbabwe with 3-48, claimed that Bangladesh had dominated for the most part of the first day’s contest but he believed his side showed some glimpses of making a turnaround after picking up two late wickets.
‘That little session for us wasn’t good enough. We won the first hour, and then they won the rest of the day up until that last hour. We work in hours to help explain it. They won the majority of the day except for the first hour and maybe the last,’ said the 29-year old pacer.
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