Zimbabwe batsmen displayed Test batting mentality on the first day of their two-day practice match against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, reaching 291-7 in 90 overs at BKSP in Savar on Tuesday.
Kevin Kasuza and Carl Mumba made 70 and 54 not out respectively as almost all the Zimbabwean batsmen spent some time in the middle after they opted to bat first.
Bangladesh’s World Cup winning Under-19 team’s all-rounder Shahadat Hossain starred with the ball for the BCB XI, picking up 3-16 while skipper Al Amin jnr and World champion Under-19 team’s pacer Shoriful Islam took two and one wicket respectively.
Shahadat, who didn’t bowl a single over for the junior Tigers in their ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign in South Africa, was delighted with his scalps in the lone practice match.
‘In the World Cup I didn’t get the chance to bowl. Getting wickets here will boost my confidence and hopefully I will carry on this confidence,’ Shahadat told reporters after the day’s play.
‘In the World Cup we had a lot of bowling options. Along with four main bowlers, we had two optional bowlers. So, these six bowlers were always used. If by any chance they did badly then I would be called on. But they didn’t bowl badly, so I was never called to bowl,’ he added.
Zimbabwe openers Kasuza and Prince Masvaure played out a little over 30 overs to build a 105-run opening stand, which finally ended when Al Amin dismissed the latter in the 31st over.
Kasuza also left the field right after completing his fifty to give his team-mates some batting practice.
BCB XI then removed Zimbabwe skipper Craig Ervine (10) and Brian Mudzinganyama (17) before Shahadat struck twice in space of three deliveries to leave Zimbabwe stranded on 146-5.
Kasuza returned to the crease and formed a 31-run stand for the sixth wicket with Timycen Maruma before getting run-out by another Under-19 player Parvez Hossain.
Al Amin dismissed Maruma for 34 with the score on 226-7, but Mumba and Ainsley Ndlovu (25) then batted for a little over 15 overs and formed an unbroken 65-run stand to help Zimbabwe survive the first day.
No player from Bangladesh’s 16-man squad for the lone Zimbabwe Test is playing in the practice match, while six players from the World Champion Under-19 team are featuring in the BCB XI.
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