Dhaka - Taijul Islam shone with bat and ball as Bangladesh scored a tense
three-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first Test on Monday to grab the
lead in the three-match series.
The 22-year-old left-arm spinner
became the first Bangladesh bowler to claim eight wickets in an innings,
his figures of 8-39 helping to skittle Zimbabwe for 114 in the second
Set a modest target of 101, Bangladesh slipped to 0-3
before Taijul, coming in at 82-7, guided his team home with an unbeaten
15 amid mounting tension on the third day at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium
Taijul, who put on an unbroken stand of 19 with skipper
Mushfiqur Rahim (23 not out), was named the man of the match in only his
third Test appearance.
It was Bangladesh's fifth Test win in 86
matches and only the second at home after the 226-run win against the
same opponents in Chittagong in 2005.
The two lowest-ranked teams
in Test cricket - Zimbabwe at number nine and Bangladesh at 10 - will
resume battle when the second Test opens in Khulna on November 3.
eclipsed team-mate Shakib Al Hasan's Bangladeshi record of 7-36 against
New Zealand at Chittagong in 2008 as he spun out the Zimbabwe batsmen
after the tourists resumed at 5-0.
Skipper Brendan Taylor was the
only Zimbabwean to resist Taijul and the other bowlers, making an
unbeaten 45, as six batsmen failed to reach double figures.
Shahadat Hossain and Shakib shared the other two wickets.
Chigumbura claimed four for 21 as Bangladesh almost messed up what
should have been a simple chase even on the deteriorating pitch.
lost the top three batsmen without a run on the board, the hosts
buckled under pressure before Rahim and Taijul bailed them out.
Zimbabwe's tour of the South Asian nation features three Tests and five one-day internationals.