Apr 202013

Bangladesh offered little resistance as Zimbabwe won the first Test by a whopping 335 runs inside four days in Harare on Saturday.

The tourists were bowled out for just 147 at Harare Sports Club, handing Zimbabwe their 10th and perhaps most convincing Test victory.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor was named man of the match after posting centuries in both innings.

The hosts were in complete control of the contest when they resumed at 187-7, with Taylor adding the 19 runs required for his fourth Test hundred.

The skipper made an unbeaten 102, including five fours and two sixes, before declaring at 227-7 with a massive lead of 482 runs.

In reply, Bangladesh slumped to 41-2 following the dismissals of openers Shahriar Nafees (11) and Jahurul Islam (22) inside the first 16 overs.

Mohammad Ashraful added a patient 40 off 105 balls, but received little support with five of his team-mates dismissed for single figures.

Robiul Islam was the last batsmen to fall, caught magnificently by Kyle Jarvis off spinner Graeme Cremer for a golden duck.

Cremer finished with impressive figures of 4-4 off 5.2 overs, while paceman Jarvis claimed 3-75.

The second and final Test of the series begins at the same venue on Thursday.

First Posted 21 April, 2013 9:21AM AEDT

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