The Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is one of the most picturesque grounds located in Sylhet, Bangladesh.
Established in 2007, the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is surrounded by hills and is the only cricket stadium to have a green gallery in the country.
Previously known as Sylhet Divisional Stadium, the Sylhet cricket stadium has a seating capacity over 18,000.
The venue staged its first Test played between hosts Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in 2018. The scenic ground became the eighth Test venue in Bangladesh. Zimbabwe won the Test by 151 runs.
It has also hosted six One-Day Internationals and 10 T20 internationals, six of them during the 2014 World T20.
The stadium was expanded and renovated in June 2013 and for a second time in 2017.
Here, we have a closer look at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Test records and stats.
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Test records and stats
The Zimbabwe national cricket team holds the record for the highest total at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Test cricket. During the first Test of Zimbabwe’s tour of Bangladesh in 2018, the visitors posted the highest total of 282 in their first innings at this venue. Electing to bat first, the visitors rode on fifties from Sean Williams (88), Peter Moor (63 not out) and captain Hamilton Masakadza (52) to register a good total on the board. With the help of their first innings total, Zimbabwe later won the Test by 151 runs.
The Bangladesh national cricket team recorded the lowest total at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Tests. The Mohammad Mahmudullah-led Bangladesh was bowled out for 143 in their first innings against Zimbabwe in the first Test of a two-match series in 2018. Ariful Haque top-scored for Bangladesh with 41 not out. For Zimbabwe, Tendai Chatara and Sikandar Raza picked three wickets each. Earlier, Zimbabwe posted 282 in their first innings after opting to bat first. While Zimbabwe managed 181 in their second innings, the tourists later skittled out Bangladesh for 169 in the fourth innings to register a 151-run victory.
Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams has scored the most runs at this ground in cricket’s longest format. The left-handed batter has accumulated 108 runs in two Test innings at an average of 54. He has also slammed one fifty (88 off 173 balls) against hosts Bangladesh in November 2018.
Bangladesh cricketer Taijul Islam holds the record for the most wickets at this venue in Test cricket. The left-arm spinner bagged 11 wickets in just a solitary Test against Zimbabwe in 2018. Taijul recorded brilliant figures of 6/108 in the first innings and later followed it up by claiming another five-wicket haul (5/62) in the second innings.
Highest individual score
Sean Williams registered the highest individual score at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Tests. Batting at number four, Sean Williams scored 88 off 173 balls against hosts Bangladesh in the first innings of the Sylhet Test in 2018. His scintillating fifty was laced with nine fours to help Zimbabwe post 282 in their first innings.
Best bowling figures in an innings
Taijul Islam recorded the best bowling figures in an innings of a Test at this venue in 2018. The left-arm spinner registered impressive figures of 6/108 to bowl out Zimbabwe for 282 in their first innings. Despite Taijul Islam’s magnificent spell, Zimbabwe won the Sylhet Test by a massive 151 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Best bowling figures in a match
Taijul Islam also holds the record for the best bowling figures in a Test match at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. The talented spinner took 11 wickets during the first Test of Zimbabwe's tour of Bangladesh in 2018. While Taijul Islam scalped six wickets for 108 runs in the first innings, he bagged another five wickets for just 62 runs in the second innings.
Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams and Peter Moor recorded the highest partnership at this ground in Test cricket. Sean Williams and Peter Moor forged a brilliant 72-run stand for the fifth wicket in the first innings of the first Test against Bangladesh in 2018. Williams scored 88 while Moor remained unbeaten on 63. Zimbabwe won the Test by 151 runs.
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