Shakib’s six skittles Zimbabwe

Bangladesh were the happier side at stumps on day one of the first Test against Zimbabwe in Dhaka, sitting on 27 for one after bowling the visitors out for 240 earlier in the day.

Zimbabwe were unable to cope with the home spin, as veteran Shakib-al-Hasan used his experience to take six wickets, while Sikandar Raza posted the only memorable score by bagging a half ton for the Zimbos.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first, handing a debut to Tafadzwa Kamungozi, while the Tigers gave a new cap to leg-spinner Jubair Hossain.

The hosts struck quickly, as Vusi Sibanda was removed in the first over by Shahadat Hossain. Hamilton Masakadza then resisted for 32 balls, before being dismissed by Sahkib-al-Hasan, for 13.

This left Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza to steady the ship, and they batted out the rest of the session with patience. At the lunch break, Sikandar was on 34, while Taylor was on 24.

Taylor didn’t last long after the break, becoming Jubair’s first Test wicket. He was caught by Taijul Islam for 28. This left Sikandar to continue towards his half century over the next 13 overs.

The Pakistan-born batsman was out for 51, also to Jubair, while Elton Chigumbura added a frustrating 29. He was looking well set, before Shakib broke the deadlock in the 50th over.

The final 10 overs of the session were seen out by Craig Ervine, back in the side after 18 months out of the game, and Regis Chakabva. Ervine was on 24 at tea, while Chakabva had reached 15.

The final five overs fell rapidly in the evening session, for the addition of just 61 runs. Shakib was the chief destroyer, though Taijul Islam started the rot by removing Ervine for 34.

Shakib removed the last four batsmen in less than 10 overs, leaving the Tigers with an hour to bat. Tamim Iqbal was unable to stay the course though, falling to Tinashe Panyangara for five.