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Zimbabwe win a Diwali gift for me, says coach Rajput

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

on Tuesday recorded their first Test win in five years over hosts Bangladesh, and their says it felt like a gift to him.

"It is a very significant win because even the big Test-playing countries come to and really struggle to beat them on home turf. So beating in is a huge win for us," 56-year-old Rajput told

and shared seven wickets between them as recorded their first Test win in five years as they thrashed Bangladesh at Sylhet by 151 runs.

had won their last Test match when they beat at home in in 2013.

It was also the first time Zimbabwe clinched an away Test victory since beating Bangladesh in 17 years ago in 2001.

"I am very happy. It's a gift for me which the team has given," said Rajput, speaking from Bangladesh.

"I had to rebuild the team and then, after losing few matches earlier on, winning a Test match is a great thing for Zimbabwe Board and people from Zimbabwe," said the former batsman.

"It's a team effort. Everybody really contributed as a batting unit....we bowled well on a flat wicket and then the spinners chipped in. Again in the second innings it was the spinners," said Rajput who has also coached in the past.

The second and final Test will be played in from November 11.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 17:25 IST