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Zimbabwe Launch Fightback

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan (right) hit a half-century for Bangladesh before they were bowled out for 503
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Bangladesh 503 (Imrul Kayes 130) v
Zimbabwe 113-1 (Sikandar Raza 54no)
Third Test, Chittagong, day two

Half-centuries from Sikandar Raza and Hamilton Masakadza helped Zimbabwe reach stumps on day two of the third and final Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on 113 for one replying to 503 all out.

While the opening day was dominated by Bangladesh, who closed on 303 for two, the second day was more even.

Shakib Al Hasan scored 71 before Bangladesh were bowled out with Raza taking three wickets and Tinashe Panyangara, Shingirai Masakadza and Hamilton Masakadza two apiece.

And although their reply got off to a dreadful start when Brian Chari was dismissed without scoring by Rubel Hossain, Raza made 54 not out and Masakadza 51 not out to keep the tourists fighting.

They still trail by 390 runs and need another 191 to avoid the possibility of the follow-on.

Bangladesh lead the series 2-0 after wins in Mirpur and Khulna.

Resuming in a commanding position, Bangladesh added another 200 runs as Zimbabwe struck to bowl them out in the afternoon session.

Shakib's 71 came from 110 balls, Mominul Haque made 48 in 110 balls, Shuvagata Hom 35 in 65 and Rubel Hosain hit a quickfire unbeaten 45 in 44 balls at the end.

Raza returned three for 123, Panyangara two for 70, Shingirai Masakadza two for 77 and Hamilton Masakadza two for 23.

Just 12 balls into Zimbabwe's innings they lost Chari when he edged Rubel to wicket-keeper Rahim but through Raza and Masakadza, they were able to stand firm.

Raza made 54 in 65 balls and Masakadza 51 in 86.

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