Bangladesh edged ahead in the second Test after day two as Nasir Hossain and Robiul Islam shone. However, Malcolm Waller and particularly Elton Chigumbura gave the home side hope before stumps with an energetic unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 61.
Robiul Islam bowled an exemplary first spell and removed both Zimbabwe openers - Vusi Sibanda and Regis Chakabva - cheaply. Chakabva was first to go when adjudged caught behind off a Robiul away swinger. He may not have hit it but Robiul deserved his reward for a superb opening burst during which Sibanda and Chakabva had barely been able to lay bat on ball. Sibanda went in Robiul’s next over in an almost identical fashion, only this time there was no doubt about the edge.
Hamilton Masakadza came and went before tea to make it 47 for three at the break but, for a while, it looked as if star of the first Test Brendan Taylor might come to the rescue once again. He had reached 36 before attempting one his trademark lofted drives off the spin of Sohag Gazi and finding Shakib Al Hasan at deep mid-wicket.
Elton Chigumbura then arrived at the crease and looked a little nervy early on. However, he proceeded to dominate a fifth-wicket stand with the steadfast Waller that prevented Bangladesh from gaining complete control on a day that was of far better quality than on day one.
It had begun with Nasir Hossain extending Bangladesh’s first innings total close to 400. He made 77 off 103 balls before being bowled by Graeme Cremer to be ninth man out, adding a useful 51 with Sohag Gazi (21) for the eighth-wicket in the process. Robiul then struck two sixes during a Test best 24 not out off only 18 balls. His biggest impact, though, was yet to come.
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