The home team had set a target of 375 and secured their victory when Kyle Jarvis trapped Robiul Islam for 12 to end Bangladesh’s second innings on 244 to give the Zimbabwean victory over the world’s lowest ranked Test playing nation.
Captain Brendon Taylor followed his 71 in the first innings by plundering in 105, Sunday as the Zimbabwe reached 291 for five before declaring tea.
Bangladesh though had gone Monday on 112 for three, and needed 263 to secure victory but their hopes of that victory were derailed when Brian Vitori bowled Mohammed Ashraf for 39.
It was the beginning of the end for the visitors as Mahmudullar, and captain Shakib Al Hassan followed, all falling in a space of two overs. When Craig Irvine took off Mushfiqur Rahim for 51 off Chris Mpofu, Bangladesh’s task began to look like the impossible.
In a show of defiance Abdur Razak managed 43 off 17 balls but his innings had to come to an end.
Hamilton Masakadza, who was not considered for the 2011 World Cup in India, had set the tone for the Zimbabwean campaign with a splendid 104 in their first innings in which the home team had managed a total of 370 runs.
The celebration after Monday’s activities told it all as the Zimbabweans now line up for the ODIs against Bangladesh before other once off home Tests against Pakistani next month and New Zealand later on.
The victory over Bangladesh was what Zimbabwe needed after having played Test cricket way back in 2005 and should be a morale booster for the youthful side for the rigours and pressure ahead.