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Zimbabwe makes solid start to test return

cricket Updated: Aug 04, 2011 20:09 IST
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Half-centuries by Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza took Zimbabwe to 191-2 at tea on the first day of its return to Test cricket against Bangladesh on Thursday.

Opener Sibanda made 78 from 153 balls, with seven fours and a six, to drive Zimbabwe's strong start in its first test
in six years.

Masakadza was 56 not out with six fours and a six and new captain Brendan Taylor four not out at the tea break at Harare Sports Club.

Sibanda shared a 102-run opening partnership with debutant Tino Mawoyo (43) as the inexperienced Zimbabwean openers responded impressively after being put in on a green, bouncy wicket by Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan.

Right-arm seamer Rubel Hossain took both wickets for Bangladesh, forcing Mawoyo into a mishit cut shot three balls before lunch and then having Sibanda caught behind midway through the second session.

Sibanda survived two clear chances in his first test 50. He was nearly run out in the second over when Robiul Islam's
throw just missed the stumps.

Non-striker Sibanda was well out of his crease after backing up too far. The right-hand batsman was also dropped by Imrul Keyes after lunch before eventually edging to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim.

Masakadza played aggressively, often charging down the wicket against Bangladesh slow bowlers Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak.

The No 3 reached his half-century in 84 balls, keeping Taylor out of the strike at the other end.

Zimbabwe which gave debuts to four players last played a test in late 2005, after which it voluntarily withdrew from
the five-day game because of a fallout between senior players and administrators.