Published on January 10th, 2017 | by Bhaskar Ganekar0
The Golden moment in Test cricket for Bangladesh
Historic moment for Bangladesh cricket on January 10th, 2005 when the Tigers under the leadership of Habibul Bashar won their first Test match.
They defeated Zimbabwe by 226 runs at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagon. The spectators were overjoyed with the historic victory and danced in the stands.
It took Bangladesh 35 Test matches before they claimed their first Test victory, after a record of 31 loses; 20 by an innings or more.
They came extremely close against Pakistan at Mutan in 2003, but an unbeaten century by Inzamam-ul-Haq denied them victory. The tears shed by the players after their lost by one wicket, were witnessed throughout the cricket world.
Bangladesh won the toss and batted a brilliant innings. Captain, Habibul Bashar guided them with 94 runs to a good total of 488, where he was supported by Rajin Saleh 89, Mohammad Rafique 69 and Nafees Iqbal 56. Seamer Christopher Mpofu was the best bowler for the tourists, with 4 wickets for 109 runs.
Zimbabwe were in deep trouble at 86 for five in their first innings as fast bowler Mashrafe Mortuza and left arm spinner Mohammad Rafique took early wickets.
Hamilton Masakadza (29) and Brendan Taylor (39) repaired the innings with a partnership of 76. Steady batting in the lower order by captain Tatenda Taibu (92) and Elon Chigumbura (71) guided Zimbabwe to 312. Rafique bowled a remarkable spell of 41.4 overs , 5 wickets for 65 runs. Mortaza chipped in with 3 wickets for 59 runs.
Bangladesh began their second innings with a commanding lead of 176 runs. They declared at 204 for 9, captain Habibul Baskar topscored with 55 while Chigumbura took 5 wickets for 54 runs with his right arm medium pace.
Set a target of 381 to win the match , Zimbabwe were in trouble from the start as they lost early wickets. Eventually they were bowled out for a mere 154 runs. Eighteen year old Enamul Haque junior, who was playing his fourth Test match, destroyed the Zimbabwe batsmen with 6 wickets for 45 runs in 22.2 overs.
Masakadza (56) and Taylor (44) were the only batsmen to offer any kind of resistance as Man of the Match Haque, spun a web around the visitors, to give Bangladesh their first victory in Test cricket and a golden moment for the fans.