Zimbabwe were thumped by an innings and 106 runs inside four days by Bangladesh, a team that lost their previous six Tests by huge margins, during their solitary Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Zimbabwe skipper Craig Ervine attributed most of the visiting side's loss to a poor batting display.
"Batting first, we should have gotten at least 400. The wicket was good enough to post a score like that. Getting bowled out for 265 put us on the back foot and allowed Bangladesh to go past us. We could have also batted better in the second innings. The wicket wasn't really that bad. I thought our bowlers worked hard to get those six wickets. They obviously didn't hit the right areas enough, but I just thought that our batting let us down," explained a disappointed Ervine at the post-match press conference yesterday.
Ervine had registered a century in Zimbabwe's first innings but the left-hander could not capitalise after getting a decent start in the second innings.
The 34-year-old, who walked in with Zimbabwe in a spot of bother at four for 44, started the rebuilding process with Sikandar Raza before falling to a run-out after a 49-ball 43.
"It was very disappointing. At the time it seemed like Raza and I were going well. We got some momentum on our side and then basically gave it back to Bangladesh. I have always wanted to get back-to-back hundreds in a game and I thought today was the perfect opportunity," Ervine rued.
Ervine also mentioned how an inexperienced bowling line-up was unable to put any pressure on the Bangladeshi batsmen, who dominated most part of the game.
"We have an inexperienced bowling line-up. Charlton Tshuma was playing his first game. Victor [Nyauchi] was playing his third Test match. Ainsley [Ndlovu] played a handful of games. Donald Tiripano is the experienced one. We just didn't hit the right areas for long enough. Without doing that, you can't build any pressure," concluded Ervine.