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Sylhet Test win will soothe World Cup qualification scars:Raza

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Sikandar Raza believes Zimbabwe's memorable Test win against Bangladesh in Sylhet would in some ways erase the pain and disappointment of not being able to qualify for the next year's World Cup. The all-rounder, who bagged six wickets in the victory, also noted that the significance of the 151-run victory can be capsulised by the point that it has become tougher to overcome Bangladesh in their own den in the recent past.
"This victory speaks volumes of our character, courage that all the boys have showed out there," he said. "Some people may still be - and I am one of them - living in the nightmares of the (World Cup) qualifiers but this will take the edge off them. The highest format is Test cricket and for all those people who have been supporting Zimbabwe through and through this is a reward that maybe we can give to them to move forward and thank them for their continued support.
"Personally, it just feels brilliant and it is humbling that we have won a Test match in Bangladesh. A lot of countries have not done that and for a Zimbabwe team that does not play too much Test cricket - we last played almost a year ago - to beat them by 151 runs it is just magical."
Hamilton Masakadza, the Zimbabwe captain, also praised the side's well-earned victory. He described Zimbabwe's third Test win away from home as a "special and proud moment". The victory was Zimbabwe's first Test win since 2013 and their first in Bangladesh since 2001.
"I am absolutely thrilled as this is my first victory as captain and first Test victory away from home as well," Masakadza said. "This is a really proud and special moment for me, the team and our nation. I am really excited and really chuffed for the boys - they have worked hard and they deserve this one.
"I felt it had been a long time coming, thought we have been due, we have been getting ourselves into good positions ever since the South Africa tour, even in the one-day series here, but just not carrying on. But I felt the guys stuck to their task well this time round and really finished off the game which is what we have been failing to do. We got ourselves into a good position again but we pulled through this time."

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