Apr 252013

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was left to rue an unnecessary dismissal, after falling for 49 in a total of 300 for six on day one of the second and final Test against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Sidelined by a thumb injury for a month, Iqbal returned to the playing XI on Thursday and immediately added solidity to the top of the order. His innings was a reasonably patient affair, spanning 138 minutes and six boundaries.

An attempted quick single to mid-off fielder Shingi Masakadza, however, ended the promise of more, with Tamim run out one run shy of a half-century. His departure epitomised the innings, which saw a host of other soft wickets mar Bangladesh’s pursuit of a worthwhile total.

“My wicket was a disgrace. It was, maybe a rush of blood or something like that. It was a very stupid dismissal. We all gave our wickets away, except the captain at the end,” said Iqbal.

“It really wasn’t doing that much. If we had only lost four wickets, that would have been ideal for us but 300 on this ground is worth 375 on other grounds because it’s a slow outfield, so that’s why I say we are pretty even.”

All-rounder Elton Chigumbura conceded Zimbabwe hadn’t appropriately capitalised after skipper Brendan Taylor won the toss and opted to bowl first on a Harare Sports Club pitch considerably different to that experienced in last week’s series opener.

“It was a bit soft in the morning and we didn’t hit the right areas. When that happened, we also got a bit impatient. It’s a much better wicket than in the first Test,” added Chigumbura.

“If we can bowl well and get them out for less than 50 runs that would be good. Less than 350 will be good for us. Then, if we can apply ourselves with the bat, we can get a big score on that wicket.”

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