Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe: 1st Test Day 3: Zimbabwe batting collapse leaves Bangladesh in strong position
Mehidy Hasan Miraz architects a monumental collapse for Zimbabwe and leaves Bangladesh in commanding position.
Bangladesh (1st Innings) – 468/10 (126 overs)
Zimbabwe (1st Innings) - 276/10 (111.5 overs)
Bangladesh (2nd innings) - 45/0 (17 overs) Lead by 237 runs.
Session 1, Day 3:
Zimbabwe began their day at 114 for 1. Brendan Taylor played in the same fashion as day 2 and kept compiling runs with ease. Taylor reached his half century after playing 58 deliveries. In the 51st over, Zimbabwe reached the 150 run mark.
Kaitano played a supporting role to Brendan Taylor as the latter took more of an aggressive approach. He survived marginally on a couple of occasions but luck was playing an assisting role. The pair of Kaitano and Taylor completed the 100 run partnership after facing 152 balls. At drinks, Zimbabwe were comfortably placed at 174 for 1 in 55 overs.
A much awaited breakthrough was provided by Mehidy Hasan. Brendan Taylor was tempted to have a full swing at a length ball only to scoop it to the square leg fielder. Dion Myers came in at number 4. He looked very confident on his debut. Myers annoucned his arrival in International cricket by lofting Mehidy Hasan Miraz towards long on for a six. By lunch, Zimbabwe were 209 for 2 in 67 overs with Myers batting at 21 and Kaitano at 63.
Fall of wickets: 1-61 (Milton Shumba, 27.2 ov), 2-176 (Brendan Taylor, 56.5 ov)
Session 2, Day 3:
After lunch, Myers' innings was cut short by Shakib Al Hasan and he departed after making 27 runs. A new ball was taken in the 82nd over. Timycen Maruma was the next one to be dismissed by Shakin Al Hasan for a duck followed by Roy Kaia and Zimbabwe were all of a sudden 229 for 5. By Tea, Zimbabwe were 244 for 5, with Kaitano batting superbly at 82 and Chakabwa at 10.
Fall of wickets: 3-225 (Dion Myers, 79.6 ov), 4-228 (Timycen Maruma, 86.2 ov), 5-229 (Roy Kaia, 87.2 ov)
Session 3, Day 3:
After Tea, Kaitano threw his wicket away to Mehidy Hasan Miraz when he tried to help a ball down leg on its way. He could only manage to give play it in the gloves of Liton Das who took a good catch. Kaitano unluckily got dismissed at 87 after playing a fine knock. Zimbabwe were now struggling to reach the 300 run mark.
Post Kaitano's dismissal at 261, the lower order batters simply fell like a pack of cards. Donald Tripano, Nyauchi and Muzarabani all failed to play a supporting role to Chakabwa who was looking very solid at the crease. Shakib Al Hasan put the last nail in the coffin by getting rid of Nyauchi with Chakabwa stranded at 31 at the other end. Zimbabwe got bundled out for 276, trailing by 192 runs in the first innings.
Fall of wickets: 1-61 (Milton Shumba, 27.2 ov), 2-176 (Brendan Taylor, 56.5 ov), 3-225 (Dion Myers, 79.6 ov), 4-228 (Timycen Maruma, 86.2 ov), 5-229 (Roy Kaia, 87.2 ov), 6-261 (Takudzwanashe Kaitano, 104.2 ov), 7-263 (Donald Tiripano, 106.1 ov), 8-263 (Victor Nyauchi, 108.2 ov), 9-269 (Blessing Muzarabani, 110.3 ov), 10-276 (Richard Ngarava, 111.5 ov)
Bangladesh 2nd innings:
Shadman Islam and Saif Hassan started off quite well for Bangladesh with big lead of 192 runs behind them. Both batters took their time to settle for 5 overs and then hit some amazing shots.
The shot Shadman Islam played off Donald Tripano towards the off side field was a document for Bangladesh's approach in the second innings.
Both the openers looked in complete control throughout their reply to a modest Zimbabwe first innings total of 276. The approach towards the end of the day was to ensure no further wicket fell in the process of setting up a mammoth target for Zimbabwe to chase. There was no real hurry anyway.
In the second last over to stumps, Saif Hassan put one to the boundary off Milton Shumba and Bangladesh finished the day with 45 for 0 in 17 overs with a lead of 237 runs on the board.
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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