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Mahmudullah Stands Firm For Bangladesh

Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh close 266 runs ahead of Zimbabwe
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Bangladesh 433 & 201-5 (Mahmudullah 63no) v
Zimbabwe 368 (Masakadza 158, Chakabva 101)
Second Test, Khulna, day four

Mahmudullah scored an unbeaten half-century to put Bangladesh 266 runs ahead of Zimbabwe on day four of the second Test in Khulna after Regis Chakabva made a century for the tourists.

Chakabva (101) joined Hamilton Masakadza (158) in reaching three figures before Zimbabwe were bowled out for 368 replying to Bangladesh's first innings of 433.

Starting their second innings 65 runs ahead, Bangladesh faltered before Mominul Haque hit 54 and Mahmudullah 63 not out to guide them to 201 for five at stumps.

Malcolm Waller took four for 48 as Zimbabwe kept themselves in contention and Shakib Al Hasan earlier returned five for 80 for the hosts.

Bangladesh lead the three-match series 1-0 after a three-wicket win in Mirpur.

Resuming on 331 for five, Masakadza added just four runs to his overnight score of 154 before he was bowled by a Shakib delivery that went straight on as he played for turn.

He had made 158 in 328 balls, hitting 17 fours and two sixes and put on 147 for the sixth wicket with Chakabva, who went on to pass three figures.

He reached 101 in 226 balls, departing when he was trapped in front by Taijul Islam (3-96) trying to reverse sweep.

The Zimbabwe lower order offered little resistance as Waller (6), Tendai Chatara (0) and Natsai Mushangwe (0) fell cheaply to hand Bangladesh a 65-run lead.

Rubel Hossain, with two for 55, was the other wicket-taker for Bangladesh.

Tamim Iqbal then made a quickfire 20 and Shamsur Rahman a more patient 25 before falling to Tinashe Panyangara and Waller respectively.

Leg-spinner Waller then broke the 56-run stand between Mominul and Mahmudullah, having the former caught by Chakabva and followed it up with the wickets of Shakib, trapped in fron for six, and Mushfiqur Rahim, caught by Chakabva from the first ball he faced.

However, Mahmudullah faced 129 balls to make 63 and found support from Shuvagata Hom, who was not out on 23 at stumps, to ensure Bangladesh will take a healthy lead into the final day.

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