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Bangladesh Establish Small Lead

Zimbabwe 240 (Shakib Al Hasan 6-59) & 5-0 v
Bangladesh 254 (Mushfiqur Rahim 64)
First Test, Mirpir, day two

Bangladesh posted 254 in reply to Zimbabwe's first innings of 240 and closed day two of the first Test in Mirpur with a lead of nine runs after Zimbabwe began their second innings.

After half-centuries from Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim handed Bangladesh a slender advantage, Zimbabwe closed on five without loss.

Tinashe Panyangara took five wickets for the tourists, who fought back strongly after Bangladesh were placed well at 109 for three at lunch.

They had lost the wickets of Shamsur Rahman (8) and Mominul (53) in the morning session and slipped to 114 for four when Shakib, whose six-wicket haul helped Bangladesh dismiss Zimbabwe on the opening day, fell for five.

Mahmudullah (63 in 160 balls) and Mushfiqur (64 in 126) then put on 64 together for the fifth wicket but once their stand was broken, so too were their hopes of a substantial lead.

Mahmudullah was trapped in front by Sikandar Raza, who had earlier ran out Mominul and after Shuvagoto Hom was caught by Elton Chigumbura off Tafadzwa Kamungozi for 14, Rahim went to Panyangara and the home side were struggling.

They didn't help themselves, however, Shahadat Hossain failing to ground his bat over the line and being run out by Craig Ervine at short leg for a three-ball duck.

However, they did get themselves into the lead thanks to 19 from Taijul Islam, seven not out from Jubair Hossain and nine from Al-Amin Hossain.

Panyangara wrapped up a haul of five for 59 by bowling Taijul and Al-Amin.

Vusi Sibanda then faced both overs that were available for Zimbabwe to bat before stumps, scoring five runs.

Regis Chakabva was unbeaten at the other end, yet to face a ball.

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