9 Aug 2011

Zimbabwe make triumphant return to test cricket

6:17 am on 9 August 2011

Zimbabwe celebrated in style after ending their six-year absence from Test cricket with a 130-run victory over Bangladesh.

The jubilant home team had set the tourists a daunting target of 375 to win, and secured the victory when Kyle Jarvis trapped Robiul Islam lbw for 12 to end Bangladesh's second innings on 244.

Zimbabwe had made 370 in their first innings, helped on their way by a fine 104 from Hamilton Masakadza.

After ending Bangladesh's reply on 287, the hosts then reached five for 291 in their second innings, including an unbeaten century from Brendan Taylor, before declaring at tea on Monday.

The result was of major significance to Zimbabwe on their return to Test cricket after a self-imposed six year absence from the game, and the players cracked open the champagne bottles in celebration as they made their way off the field.

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh now play a series of five one dayers, with the first at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.