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Craig Ervine, who scored 107, was the last to depart on Day 1

Craig Ervine, who scored 107, was the last to depart on Day 1

Zimbabwe stand-in skipper Craig Ervine was surprised by a sporting wicket in Dhaka for the one-off Test against hosts Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Ervine, who scored 107 in Zimbabwe's total of 228 for 6 at the end of Day 1, felt it was a pitch that offered something for both the batsmen and the bowlers, and that his team could have been in a better position had they not lost as many wickets as they did.

"We were very surprised as the wicket was really good. Generally in Dhaka, people say that you can't expect what will happen. That's why Bangladesh is a little bit ahead," Ervine said on Saturday (February 22). "It was such a good wicket today. We probably lost two to three wickets more."

Ervine, who registered his third century in the format, credited the Bangladesh bowlers for maintain strict lines which was backed by tight fielding. Such was their discipline that Zimbabwe were forced into Plan B, which included reverse sweeps to counter the Bangladesh attack.

"I tried to use my reverse sweep. Because I felt that they are very consistent in their areas. So if you don't have plan B to get off the strike, it's a very long day for you. You need to have a few backup shots to try to keep the scoreboard ticking," he said.

Ervine is standing as captain for Zimbabwe for the first time in the format as Sean Williams opted out from the game citing personal reason. The 34-year-old, who stressed on the importance of patience, also mentioned he was pleased that he was able to register a three-figure score.

"The goodness of the wicket allows me to try playing these shots. But I tried to stick to my strength. Just try to rotate and manipulate the field. They had some good fields that tightened and made difficult to rotate the strike today. So just tried to be patient and wait for opportunity to score," said Ervine. "Any hundred away from home is special. In the past, I always struggled a bit in Bangladesh. To be able to score a hundred today, it is always charming."

Ervine, however, became sixth Zimbabwe wicket to fall, which he felt handed the Day 1 honours to Bangladesh. However, the skipper expressed his confidence in the lower order, counting on Regis Chakabva and Donald Tiripano to lead them to a good total.

"Myself getting out in the end took the scale a little bit down. It would have been nice for me to come in tomorrow with Regis Chakabva with also two recognised batsmen. I think Donald Tiripano is very handy with bat. It will be up to him and Chakabva to get through the first session," Ervine said.

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