Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe to level series

Bangaldesh cricket teamBangladesh bowler, Mohammad Ashraful, left, celebrates taking the wicket of Zimbabwean batsman Shingirai Masakadza, centre, on the last day of the second test match against Bangladesh in Harare, Zimbabwe. (AP)

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 143 runs on Monday, ending its long losing streak in test cricket after rebounding from a heavy defeat in the first match to level the short series with a first victory in four years.

Bangladesh's last win came in a 2-0 whitewash over the West Indies in 2009, and the country had only won three tests in more than a decade of playing the five-day format before the win at Harare Sports Club. The other success was also against Zimbabwe in 2005.

On Monday, Ziaur Rahman took 4-63 on debut and spinner Shakib Al Hasan 3-52 for the tourists as Zimbabwe was bowled out for 257 in its second innings on the final day of the second test _ well short of the target of 401 it had been set by the dominant Bangladeshis.

Hamilton Masakadza was 111 not out after battering four sixes for Zimbabwe's only meaningful resistance in the second innings, but Bangladesh still closed out the big win to end a run of nine straight series losses.

Bangladesh's long-awaited success was built on its first-innings 391 after being put in to bat by Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim responded with scores of 60 and 93 in the two innings to win man of the match, and Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain also made two half-centuries in the test to keep the tourists in control throughout.

Seamer Robiul Islam had 5-85 in Zimbabwe's first innings of 282, and debutant Rahman led the attack in the second as the Zimbabweans missed out on the chance to win their first series in five and their first multi-test series since winning in Bangladesh in 2004.

Bangladesh wrapped up the morale-boosting win when Shakib had Kyle Jarvis lbw for 7. Masakadza was unbeaten but his third test century _ off 252 balls and with 11 fours and four sixes _ wasn't nearly enough as only one other Zimbabwe batsman made a half-century in the match, Elton Chigumbura's 86 in the first innings.

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