Zimbabwe Lead By 442 After Wickets Tumble
There was a steady stream of wickets falling on day three of the opening Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, which ended with Zimbabwe in a commanding position.
They dismised Bangladesh for 134 in reply to 389 and although they then ended on 187 for seven in their second innings, their lead stood at an impressive 442.
Bangladesh resumed on 95 for one but in an horror show of Test batting, lost their last nine wickets for just 32 runs, their last eight for 22 and the final five without scoring a run.
Shingarai Masakadza and Kyle Jarvis picked up four wickets apiece and Keegan Meth two for 41 before Brendan Taylor's 81 not out helped Zimbabwe build a substantial lead despite themselves slipping to 27 for four.
Jahurul Islam (43) and Mohammad Ashraful (38) began the day promisingly enough for Bangladesh before their partnership was broken one run short of the half-century mark when Jahurul was trapped in front by Meth.
Mahmudullah, in at four, was bowled for three by Meth before fellow quick bowlers Masakadza and Jarvis combined to share out the remainder of the wickets between themselves.
Masakadza removed Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan (5), Mushfiqur Rahim (3) and Sohag Gazi (0) while Jarvis dismissed Nasir Hossain (7), Enamul Haque (0) and Rubel Hossain (0) having taken the wicket of Shahriar Nafees on day one.
Bangladesh failed to add a run after reaching 134 for five as Masakadza finished with four for 32 and Jarvis four for 40.
The wickets continued to tumble when Zimbabwe came out to build on their 255-run lead having decided against enforcing the follow-on when Robiul Islam had Timycen Maruma trapped in front for 10, Vusi Sibanda bowled for four and Hamilton Masakadza caught and bowled without scoring.
Malcolm Waller made four before becoming Robiul's fourth victim and it was not until Elton Chigumbura (27) faced 42 balls that Taylor could build a partnership of any substance.
The pair added 57 for the fifth wicket which fell when Robiul had Chigumbura caught by Jahurul, and he immediately struck again to have wicket-keeper Richmond Mutumbani trapped in front to leave Zimbabwe at 84 for six.
Taylor then joined forces with Graeme Cremer, whose 43 in 103 balls took the score on to 163 when a wicket finally fell with out a contributionf from Robiul, who finished the day with figures of six for 55 in 17 overs.
Cremer was run out , leaving Taylor unbeaten on 81 in 104 balls, and Meth hitting 13 in 23.
© Cricket World 2013
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