Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe: 1st Test Day 2; Zimbabwe allow Bangladesh to get 468 before replying strongly
Zimbabwe let Bangladesh off the hook, as they took their overnight score of 294-8 to 468 all out, before replying strongly with the bat, at the Harare Sports Club, today.
Bangladesh (1st Innings) – 468/10 (126 overs)
Zimbabwe (1st Innings) - 114/1 (41 overs)
Session 1, Day 2:
Bangladesh started solidly from 294 for 8. Both Mahmudullah and Taskin Ahmed didn't miss out on the opportunity to score freely. Bangladesh reached 300 runs in the 85th over. By drinks on the second day, Bangladesh were comfortably placed at 349 for 8, with Mahmudullah approaching his ton batting at 75 and Taskin Ahmed looking assured at 38.
Both the batters completed a 100 run partnership in just 121 balls for the 9th wicket. Mahmudullah completed his ton in 195 balls while Taskin Ahmed reached his half century in 69 balls. Bangladesh were now looking for a total in excess of 400. By the end of the first session, Bangladesh were 404 for 8 in 107 overs with Mahmudullah batting at 112 and Taskin Ahmed at 52.
Session 2, Day 2:
Mahmudullah and Taskin Ahmed continued to cart the bowlers all around the ground and completed a 150 run partnership for the 9th wicket in 208 balls. Milton Shumba was the one that provided an important breakthrough in the form of Taskin Ahmed when he tried to swipe across the line and saw his stumps shattered.
Mahmudullah reached his 150 in 278 balls and he was given a standing ovation from the teammates. It was however only a matter of time before Zimbabwe wrapped up the innings with Bangladesh already 9 down. The moment came in the 126th over when Muzarabani trapped Ebadot Hossain leg before wicket and Bangladesh innings came to an end at a total of 468. With the end of Bangladesh innings, Tea was taken by the umpires.
Fall of wickets: 9-461 (Taskin Ahmed, 123.2 ov), 10-468 (Ebadot Hossain, 125.6 ov)
Session 3, Day 2:
Zimbabwe started off their innings quite well with both openers negating the impact of swing in the first 5 overs. Both Kaitano and Shumba made it a point not to lose a wicket in the first 10 overs and carefully chose the balls to hit.
After the end of the 11th over, both batsmen took their chances and punished the lose deliveries on offer. Shumba in particular looked very strong off the front foot.
Shumba and Kaitano brought the 50 run opening partnership in the 22nd over. Milton Shumba showed his class and form when he dispatched a loopy delivery from Mehidy Hassan to the deep square leg boundary with authority. The first breakthrough was provided by none other than Shakib Al Hasan who beat Shumba in the air and trapped him in front of the wicket to dismiss him for 41.
Captain Brendan Taylor came in at number 3 and displayed his intentions by sweeping Shakib fine for a boundary on the 4th delivery he faced. Taylor kept slogging and sweeping to pick up early boundaries and dominated right from the start. On the other hand, Kaitano played a sensible knock and kept crawling along to make an impact with the bat.
The umpires called it stumps by the end 41st over with Zimbabwe comfortably placed at 114 for 1. Brendan Taylor was batting at 37 while Kaitano was unbeaten at 33.
Fall of wickets: 1-61 (Milton Shumba, 27.2 ov)
Zimbabwe- Brendan Taylor (c), Regis Chakabwa (wk), Timycen Maruma, Milton Shumba, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Dion Myers, Roy Kaia, Donald Tripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Victor Nyauchi, Richard Ngarava
Bangladesh- Liton Das (wk) Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain.
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: Bangladesh won toss and elected to bat first.
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Officials: Langton Rusere(Zimbabwe), Marais Erasmus(South Africa), Iknow Chabi(Zimbabwe, TV)
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