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Saqlain Sajib wrecks Zimbabwe A


Bangladesh A 30 for 0 trail Zimbabwe A 206 (Chakabva 64, Sajib 9-82) by 176 runs


DHAKA — Bangladesh A left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib yesterday blew Zimbabwe A away on the first day of the unofficial four-day match in Cox’s Bazar, as he collected 9 for 82 – the best bowling figures in first-class cricket by a Bangladesh player, beating Abdur Razzak’s 9 for 84 in 2012.

The visitors were bowled out for 206 in their first innings, after which Litton Das and Shadman Islam guided Bangladesh A to 30 for no loss at stumps.

Sajib started by removing Tino Mawoyo in the 15th over, but Zimbabwe A captain Vusimuzi Sibanda and Brian Chari led a recovery by adding 61 for the second wicket.

Chari fell to Sajib after lunch, having made 30 off 56 balls, and he was soon followed back to the pavilion by Mark Vermeulen.

That third wicket prompted a mid-innings collapse as Zimbabwe A lost their next four wickets for just nine runs. Sibanda was dismissed for 62 off 99 balls with five fours, and was quickly followed by Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Luke Jongwe and Tawanda Mupariwa, as Zimbabwe A fell to 122 for 7 by the 39th over.

Jongwe was bowled by Farhad Hossain, before Sajib removed Mupariwa to claim his fifth victim.

The wicketkeeper-batsman Regis Chakabva added 65 for the eighth wicket with Wellington Masakadza, the younger brother of Hamilton and Shingi. Chakabva was the last man out, for 64 off 110 balls with three fours, as Sajib walked off with his first nine-wicket haul. He is now only the second Bangladesh bowler after Razzak to achieve this feat.

Sajib’s previous best was 7 for 29 during the 2009-10 National Cricket League.

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