Bangladesh off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz, fresh off a superb afternoon in Harare as Zimbabwe were bowled out, has said that having a five-wicket haul in an overseas Test will surely increase his confidence.
In the ongoing Harare Test against Zimbabwe, Mehidy bagged five wickets conceding 82 runs, which is his second overseas and overall eighth five-for in Tests. His previous five-for in an overseas Test was in 2018 against West Indies.
“I got a five-for in Test after a long time. It’ll surely boost my confidence. I had got a five-for against West Indies in 2018, and now again I did the same,” Mehidy said over a video message sent by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Riding on his bowling performance, Bangladesh secured a huge 191-run lead in the first innings of the Harare Test. At the end of the third day, Bangladesh started their second innings and scored 45 without losing any wicket.
“The wicket was slightly slow and flat. So my job as a spinner was so tough. I tried to bowl at the right areas, and contain the run. I wanted their batsmen to make errors and they eventually did it,” Mehidy added.
In reply to Bangladesh’s 468, Zimbabwe lost eight wickets in 51 runs, and they tumbled for 276 runs. Mehidy added that the strategy to contain the runs has helped them a lot to take some quick wickets.