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Iqbal, Mahmudullah Help Bangladesh Make Strong Start

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal hit an unbeaten 74 to put Bangladesh in a strong position
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Bangladesh 193-3 (Tamim Iqbal 74no) v Zimbabwe
Second Test, Khulna, day one

Bangladesh made a strong start to the second Test against Zimbabwe in Khulna as half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah guided them to stumps on day one on 193 for three.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Shuvagata Hom, Taijul Islam, Jubair Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain

Zimbabwe: Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (c), Malcolm Waller, Craig Ervine, Regis Chakavba (wk), Elton Chigumbura, Natsai Mushangwe, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara

Iqbal made 74 not out in 250 balls and Mahmudullah 56 in 152 as the home side batted patiently to build a solid platform.

Tinashe Panyangara picked up a brace of wickets for the tourists, who are 1-0 down in the three-match series after a three-wicket defeat in Mirpur.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Bangladesh made a poor start when Shamsur Rahman (2) was trapped in front by Elton Chigumbura after Zimbabwe successfully referred the not out on-field decision.

Tamim and Mominul Haque steadied the innings and took Bangladesh to lunch on 62 for one before Mominul fell in the afternoon to become the first of Panyangara's victims.

As Mominul tried to fend off a short ball, he managed only a leading edge which looped up in the air and was superbly taken by Panyangara who made good ground and dived to his left.

Mominul had made 35 in 101 balls and added 72 with Tamim for the second wicket, hitting five fours.

Mahmudullah then joined forces with Tamim and added 95 for the third wicket as both players reached half-centuries.

Mahmudullah hit 56 in 152 balls with five fours before he was trapped in front by a Panyangara inswinger to leave the home side on 173 for three.

The patient Tamim faced 250 balls, hitting six fours as he passed 2,500 Test runs, and unbeaten alongside him at the end of the day was Shakib Al Hasan, not out on 13.

Bangladesh made one change from Mirpur, with Rubel Hossain replacing fellow pacer Al-Amin Hossain.

Zimbabwe's three changes saw Brian Chari make his debut and both Malcolm Waller and Natsai Mushangwe recalled with Vusi Sibanda, Tafadzwa Kamungozi and John Nyumbu missing out.

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