By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE cricket team captain Hamilton Masakadza was full of praise for his charges after they pulled off an historic first Test victory away from home in almost two decades following their 151-run triumph over Bangladesh in Sylhet on Tuesday.
The famous win which was also Zimbabwe’s first against the Tigers, since 2001 and first in the longer format since 2013 was built on the back of an excellent all-round perfomance from both the batsman and the bowlers which was well complimented by some brilliant work in the field.
Led by first-innings half-centuries from Masakadza, Sean Williams and Peter Moor and impressive performances from the bowling quartet of Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Brandon Mavuta and Sikandar Raza, Zimbabwe defied the odds to pull off a memorable display.
“The guys worked hard and applied themselves well to put up an excellent total in the first innings. We are ecstatic. The guys took time to stay at the wicket and accumulate runs,” Masakadza said during the post-match presentation ceremony.
“The batting performance in the first innings set it up for us. I thought the bowlers were brilliant right through, since we’ve landed in Bangladesh. I don’t think they’ve done much wrong. It was great to see our spinners get more out of the surface than Bangladesh’s spinners.”
Williams, who has carried his form from limited overs cricket to the Test series said he was pleasantly surprised to be named Man of the Match, after striking 88 and 20 in the two innings.
“I didn’t expect to get this award but I am going to enjoy this one in the change room. It took me a long time to get in on this wicket. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the 12 I needed for my century, but it was good to spend time and score crucial runs,” he added.
The second and final Test will start in Dhaka on Sunday with Zimbabwe eager to complete a series whitewash.