Bangladesh defeat Zimbabwe in Harare Test

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Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz has claimed a record haul to help Bangladesh seal a 220-run win over Zimbabwe in their one-off Test at Harare.

Set an imposing victory target of 477, the hosts made a good start by reaching 1-110.

But the wicket of Brendan Taylor (92 from 73 balls) sparked a slide and Zimbabwe never recovered, bowled out for 256 before tea on the fifth and final day.

They resumed on Sunday on 3-140 before Mehidy (4-66) and Taskin Ahmed (4-82) ripped through the middle order.

Mehidy’s match figures of 9-148 are the best for a Bangladeshi bowler in an away Test.

“Whether home or away, a win is always a proud thing for me,” Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque said.

“It was a flat wicket, so difficult to get wickets. It was a special performance for his (Mehidy) nine wickets, but it was a team effort.”

Donald Tiripano (52) held up the Bangladeshi charge, but when he was the ninth wicket to fall, the tourists were able to record just their fifth ever away Test win in 59 matches, and their first since beating Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2017.

It is their second victory in Zimbabwe, with the other two away wins both coming in the West Indies in 2009.

“You’ve got to seize those important moments, and we didn’t do that,” Taylor said.

“I got out at the wrong time and left some runs out there.

“It was down to being in good positions and throwing that away.”

The teams will now contest a three-match one-day international series starting on Friday followed by three Twenty20 matches.

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