Tigers have six sessions over the next two days with 10 wickets in hands to chase a 296-run target in the second innings to win against visiting Zimbabwe in the first Test of a two-match series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Having 143 in the first innings, Bangladesh opened the second innings in the third session on the third day and scored 26/0 * in 10.1 overs, at stumps, before the bad light interrupted the day’s play at the country’s latest Test venue on Monday. Liton Kumar Das [14* off 38b; 2×4] and Imrul Kayes [12* off 23b; 2×4] held their nerves in the opening stand-up when the bails were drawn for the day.
Earlier, Bangladesh were bowled out for 143 in their first innings, after Tendai Chatara ripped through the top-order with a three-wicket burst, and Sikandar Raza followed it up with three wickets of his own, giving Zimbabwe a crucial 139-run lead in Sylhet. Zimbabwe could only add one more run in reply before the umpires ruled that the light was too bad, bringing an end to a day dominated by the visitors.
Zimbabwe’s composures ended with Tendai Chatara’s dismissal on a single digit by Taijul Islam, the bowling hero of Bangladesh in the match as he grabbed 11 wickets for 48 runs in the match.
Zimbabwe’s skipper-cum-opener Hamilton Masakadza top-scored 48 off 104 balls, including seven boundaries, before being trapped lbw by Mehidy Hasan Miraz on 101/3 36.1 overs in the second innings. Two other batsmen — Sikandar Raza [25 off 30b; 3×4; 1×6] and Brendan Taylor [24 off 25b; 4X4] could cross the 20-run mark before Bangladesh’s bowling attacks. Sean Williams and Regis Chakabva scored 20 each while debut Wellington Masakadza added 17 runs. Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam thrived on both innings as he grabbed 5/62 in the second innings and 6/108 in the first innings.
On the day’s five-for, Taijul sent off Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza before he drew the last blood Tendai Chatara by lbw on Zimbabwe’s final collection.
Miraz got his track after wicket-less mission in the first innings, capturing three wickets for 48 runs in the innings. Debut spinner Nazmul Islam maintained his consistency as he grabbed identical two wickets in each innings — 2/27 in the second innings and 2/49 in the first innings for Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s highest successful fourth innings chase is 217-6 against West Indies at St George’s in 2009. Bangladesh indeed only thrice scored over 300 runs in the fourth innings, including their highest 413 against Sri Lanka in 2008. All however came at losing-cause.
Brief Score: Zimbabwe 1st innings: 282/10 in 117.3 overs; Sean Williams 88, Peter Moor 63*, Hamilton Masakadza 52, Taijul Islam 6/108, Nazmul Islam2/49, Mahmudullah Riyad 1/3, Abu Jayed 1/68.
Zimbabwe 2nd innings: 181/10 in 65.4 overs (overnight 1/0 in 2 overs); Hamilton Masakadza 48, Sikandar Raza 25, Brendan Taylor 24, Sean Williams 20, Regis Chakabva 20, Taijul Islam 5/62, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3/48, Nazmul Islam 2/27.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 143/10 in 51 overs; Ariful Haque 41*, Mushfiqur Rahim 31, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 21, Mominul Haque 11, TendaiChatara 3/19, Sikandar Raza 3/35, Kyle Jarvis 2/28, Sean Williams 1/5.
Bangladesh 2nd innings: 26/0* in 10.1 overs, at stumps, Liton Kumar Das 14*, Imrul Kayes 12*.

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