Bangladesh marching on big lead

Bangladesh have taken the driver’s seat in Dhaka Test against Zimbabwe. The hosts trial by just another 25 runs at the end of day two.

Mominul raises his bat after reaching 50


Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 265 runs in the first innings with their captain Craig Ervine top-scoring with 107 runs. Seamer Abu Jayed Rahi and off-spinner Nayeem Hasan bagged four wickets each to their accounts.

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Bangladesh lost the wicket of Saif Hassan at stroke of lunch. Saif was caught behind for 8 off Victor Nyauchi. Senior statesman Tamim Iqbal rebuilt the innings with no.3 Nazmul Hossain Shanto.

Both Tamim and Shanto looked good for a big score with the duo putting on 78 runs. Tamim fell to Donald Tiripano in the second session. He made 89-ball 41 runs with 7 fours.

Shanto stayed on with the skipper Mominul Haque in a 76-run stand for the third-wicket. Shanto went on to score his maiden Test half-century in 108 balls. A three-figure mark was knocking at the door but he perished to debutant Charlton Tshuma. Shanto departed scoring 71 runs from 139 deliveries including 7 boundaries.

The senior pro Mushfiqur Rahim bit his time on the wicket that was offering turn for the spinners. He and Mominul kept the control in their hands. Mominul scored his 14th fifty in 78 balls, his first as a captain.

Bangladesh added 120 runs in 33 overs in the evening session which puts them 240/3 in 71 overs at stumps. Mominul is nearing a ninth Test hundred, 79 not out off 120 balls including 9 boundaries. Mushfiqur is on 68-ball 32* runs.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 265

Bangladesh 240/3 in 71 overs (Mominul 79*, Shanto 71, Tamim 41; Tiripano 1/40), trail by 25 runs

Stumps- Day 2

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