Bangladesh batting first found the batters among runs scoring 313 in the first day. When the home side went to bat, spinners Shakib al Hasan and Mehidy led the chart with three wickets each

Visiting Bangladesh spinners will carry confidence when they take on hosts Zimbabwe in the lone Test of the series scheduled to start on Wednesday, said Mehidy Hasan Miraz. The off-spinning all-rounder spoke to media after the two-day warm-game between Bangladesh and a Zimbabwe Select XI had finished as draw at Takashinga Sports Club in Harare on Sunday.

Bangladesh batting first found the batters among runs scoring 313 in the first day. When the home side went to bat, spinners Shakib al Hasan and Mehidy led the chart with three wickets each.

Although the wicket where the practice game was played on will not supposed to be similar to that of the Test match at Harare Sports Club, but the spinners can surely take positives into the game. The wickets and condition in Zimbabwe traditionally tend to help the pacers.

“The spinners bowled really well specially Shakib bhai, and I was there to support him. It is good for our team that the spinners got to pick some wickets. It is always benefit to the team if we [spinners] can take some wickets or restrict runs [in conditions like Zimbabwe],” said Mehidy.

“Our new coach [spin bowling consultant Rangana Herath] is sharing his experience with us. He has been a very successful spinner and has been working with us for around four days now. He has been working in both technical and tactical areas and we will be benefitted if we can put those to work in the field. He has a very strong mentality which I liked a lot. Hope we will be able to make use of his techniques,” he added.

Mehidy had put light on the batting unit too. Bangladesh in the game saw three half centuries with Shakib leading the board scoring 74 before being called back in the dressing room as retired not out. Bangladesh in the game went to bat in the second innings and saw opener Tamim Iqbal in some action scoring 18 runs facing 30 balls.

The left-handed opener recovering from a knee injury did not bat in the first innings. Tamim was advised a two-week rest to recover from the injury that he picked during the recently concluded Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier League T20. He had missed out from playing the Super League phase of the tournament for his team Prime Bank Cricket Club.

It is learnt that both Tamim and wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, also suffering from an injury, are being focused to make available for the three-match one-day international series against the host nation, as the matches are part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Mushfiq had remained in the dressing room throughout the practice game.

“Out batters were very positive during the game and this will surely give us confidence in during the Test. They simply need to hold to the mentality which they had in the practice match. This way they will for sure be able to score runs,” concluded Mehidy.

Brief score:
Bangladeshis: 313/2d (Shakib 74*, Saif 65*, 52*)
Zimbabwe Select XI: 202/10 (Shakib 3/34, Mehidy 3/64)
Bangladeshis: & 22/0 (Tamim 18*, Shadman 4*)
Match ended draw

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