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Record Stand Sets Up Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal scored a century, as did opening partner Imrul Kayes, on day one
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Bangladesh 303-2 (Imrul Kayes 130, T Iqbal 109) v
Third Test, Chittagong, day one

Openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes shared a record 224-run opening stand as Bangladesh ended day one of the third and final Test against Zimbabwe in Chittagong on 303 for two.

Both men scored centuries to set a new mark for the biggest opening stand for their country before Mominul Haque added 46 and Mahmudullah five to continue their domination.

Tamim hit 109 in 171 balls and Imrul 130 in 257 as they batted for 63.5 overs together as Zimbabwe toiled hard with no reward.

Tamim struck 14 fours and a six before he fell and the partnership was finally broken when the left-hander was brilliantly caught by Hamilton Masakadza off Sikandar Raza.

Kayes added 50 runs for the second wicket Mominul before he was caught by substitute Vusi Sibanda at backward point off Masakadza's bowling.

Mominul made his way to 46 not out in 88 balls with three fours with Mahmudullah not out on five in 24 deliveries.

Raza finished the day with figures of one for 74 and Masakadza one for three from three overs while Tinashe Panyangara, Elton Chigumbura, Shingirai Masakadza, Natsai Mushangwe and Brian Chari all went wicketless.

Shingirai is playing his fourth Test and came into the side in place of Tendai Chatara with Roger Mutumbami drafted in with Malcolm Waller, whose action was reported as suspect following the second Test, left out.

Bangladesh, who lead the series 2-0 after wins in Mirpur and Khulna, made one change with Shafiul Islam replacing Shahadat Hossain.

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