Taijul Islam celebrates the victory against Zimbabwe

Stats highlights from the first Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, in Mirpur

Taijul Islam’s fine display with both bat and ball helped Bangladesh to register a a tense three-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first Test on Monday to lead 1-0 in the three-match series. The 22-year-old left-arm spinner became the first Bangladesh bowler in Test history to claim eight wickets in an innings. Here we provide you some records that are made during this match.

1. This is the only international game that Bangladesh have won against a Test nation in 2014. Their only other victories in 2014 have come in T20Is against Nepal and Afghanistan.

2. Taijul Islam’s figures (8/39) during Zimbabwe’s second innings is the best ever for a Bangladeshi bowler in Tests. The previous record, which stood for six years, was held by Shakib Al Hasan, who had taken 7 for 36 against New Zealand

3. After the match, Taijul Islam’s performance i.e 8/39 is the third best by any left arm-spinner in a Test match. Rangana Herath and Johnny Briggs have better figures than Taijul with 9 for 127 and 8 for 11.

4. Bangladesh’s top three batsmen Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman and Mominul Haque scored ducks during Bangladesh’s second innings. This is happened after 62 years. The only other teams to have suffered this fate are Australia and India, in 1888 and 1952 respectively.

5. Elton Chigumbura took 4 wickets during the fourth innings. This is the second best figure by a pacer in fourth innings in Bangladesh. Only Tino Best has taken five wickets.

6. This is the second Test that Bangladesh have won in the last five years after playing 25 Tests.

Bangladesh won this match by 3 wickets. This is the joint smallest win in terms of wickets, for a Test match in Bangladesh.

7. Bangladesh’s two left arm spinner have taken 16 number of wickets- seven by Shakib and nine by Taijul. This is the second-most wickets taken by left-arm spinners from one team in a Test. The most wickets by left-arm spin is 17, by England, against India, in 1934.

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