Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was pleased with his side’s 143-run win over Zimbabwe in the second Test, but the mood in the camp was subdued as the players dedicated their win to the victims of an urban disaster in Bangladesh.
The Tigers secured the win before tea on day five, having removed the six wickets they needed on the day, and thus levelled the two-match series at one all in Harare.
Rahim, who scored 60 and 93 in the match, said: “Winning a Test match is an amazing feeling, especially after coming back in this manner. We could have won the first Test had we applied ourselves like we did in this game.
“It was never going to be easy against them, but we turned it around. It is great to be awarded the Man of the Match in a Test victory. Every player would tell you he dreams of this. It means a lot when your hard work pays off in this way.”
The skipper went on to dedicate the win to the victims of the building collapse back home, in Savar, where 389 people had been killed last week in one of the country’s most deadly industrial accidents.
Rahim said: “We dedicate this win to the Savar victims. It probably contributes nothing [to their cause] but we didn’t celebrate after the win. We didn’t sing the team song. It is a very sad moment for us back home.
“We were thinking about it during the match, and we discussed it when we got back to the hotel after the first day. We have been trying to keep in touch with everyone back home because it really is a disaster and we don’t want things like this to happen.”