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Tigers set to overtake Zimbabwe

Mominul, Shanto hit Test half centuries
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Tigers set to overtake Zimbabwe
Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque (L) and veteran Mushfiqur Rahim run between the wickets during their unbeaten 68-run stand in the fourth wicket during the second day of one off Test match against Zimbabwe yesterday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital. BCB Photo

Half-centuries by Nazmul Hossain Shanto (71) and Mominul Haque (79 not out) placed Bangladesh on stronger position as they compiled 240 for three against Zimbabwe on the close of the day two of the solitary Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur yesterday. They have required just 25 runs to supersede Zimbabwe’s first innings total of 265.

Bangladesh mislaid opener Saif Hassan measly to bat in their first innings after bowling Zimbabwe out for 265. Tamim Iqbal hit a useful 76 with Nazmul Hossain Shanto for the second-wicket stand that laid the platform for the big total. Tamim fell nine runs short of his half-century when he went to play Donald Tiripano’s good length ball that edged off the inside of the bat and through to the keeper Regis Chakabva.  Tamim’s 89-ball 41 was littered with seven boundaries.  He reached a milestone of 13,000-run club in international club as the first Bangladesh batsman but 50th batsman across the world when he was 27 because he was 27 runs away from his landmark. He had a chance to touch the landmark in the Rawalpindi Test but he scored only 37 runs (3 and 34) in that Test.  

Therefore, Shanto built up another helpful partnership with captain Mominul Haque. He notched up his fifty from 108 balls with a single off  Sikandar Raza and drifted towards his maiden Test century but fell to debutant Charlton Tshuma, whose second spell had been much better than his first and charged up with this reward having claimed his maiden Test wicket.

Tshuma has consistently found a little extra bounce and this was not exceptional and produced a thin edge that was safely held by Keeper Regis Chakabva. As a result, their 76-run prowling partnership ended, where Shanto played a patient innings of 71 off 139 that contained seven boundaries.

Since then, Mominul Haque partnered Mushfiqur Rahim and pulled off his first fifty as captain when he whipped Ndlovu’s length delivery away towards square leg. Mominul struck this fifty after seven innings following his stroke-filled half-century against Afghanistan last September.  

Finally they pulled together a brilliant 68 for an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand that ended the day two at 240 for three in 71 overs.

Mominul Haque remained unbeaten on 79 with Mushfiqur Rahim making 32 not out.    

Earlier, fast-bowler Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi coupled with off-spinner Nayeem Hasan four-wicket bursts apiece steered Bangladesh to bundle Zimbabwe out for 265 in first innings on day two of the one-off Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur yesterday.

Resuming the day two at 228-6, Zimbabwe were able to survive just 80 minutes after the day started in the face of the combined pace and spin attack from the local bowlers. They had added just 37 runs to their overnight total at the cost of the remaining four wickets.

Abu Jayed Rahi and Taijul Islam evenly shared the rest of the four wickets between them. Rahi, who claimed two wickets on day one, chipped in with 4-71. This was Rahi’s career-best bowling performance in an innings.

He matched his wickets tally with Nayeem Hasan, who grabbed four-wicket haul that brought honours for the home side at the fag’s end of the day one, conceding 70 runs. Leading spinner Taijul Islam, who was peely-wally with his cherry on day one, finished with 2-90.

Abu Jayed sent back overnight batsman Donald Tiripano for 31-ball eight when the latter edged to wicketkeeper Liton Das before he pinned down Ainsley Ndlovu for six-ball duck in his next over to give Bangladesh the second breakthrough in the earlier of the day.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who remained wicketless on day one, joined the act and trapped Charlton Tshuma leg-before wicket for four-ball duck in the next over before he dismissed another overnight batsman Regis Chakabva for 30 to end with 2-90.

Regis Chakabva was the only one who could offer a gritty resistance while the lower-down order found it tough to deal with Rahi and Taijul in the morning session of the day two. Chakabva made 30 off 74, hitting three boundaries before being dismissed by Taijul Islam as the last batsman.

Stand-in captain Craig Ervine was the highest scorer for the tourists. The one-down batsman smacked a jaw-dropping 107 while opener Prince Masvaure cracked 64 to grace their first innings.

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