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Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe to end long losing streak

Bangladesh ended their long losing streak in Test cricket on Monday and dedicated the victory over Zimbabwe to the hundreds of people who died in the building collapse back home last week. Fast bowler Robiul Islam, who won the man of the series award, said it was ‘for the people’ in Dhaka after Bangladesh rebounded from a heavy defeat in the first Test to level the short series with a 143-run victory.

Bangladesh’s last win came in a 2-0 whitewash over the West Indies in 2009. They have only won three Tests in more than a decade of playing the five-day format before Monday’s win at Harare Sports Club. The other success also came against Zimbabwe in 2005.

‘A Test win is a big achievement for us. All the pressure was on us after losing the first Test,’ said Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim. Robiul then said the long-awaited win was for the victims of the building tragedy in which more than 380 people died. Ziaur Rahman took 4-63 on debut while spinner Shakib Al Hasan scalped 3-52 for the tourists as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 257 in their second innings on the final day of the second Test, well short of the 401-run target they had been set by Bangladesh. Hamilton Masakadza remained unbeaten at 111 as Bangladesh closed out the big win to end a run of nine straight series losses.

Bangladesh’s long-awaited success was built on their first-innings total of 391 after being put in to bat by Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim responded well with scores of 60 and 93 to win the man of the match award. Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain also made half-centuries in the Test to keep the tourists in control throughout.
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