B’desh reply after Taylor-led Zim surge

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Zimbabwe first innings 389 all out (Taylor 171, Waller 55, Robiul Islam 3-84,) Bangladesh 95-1 (Jahurul Islam 38*).

Kevin Mapasure

Bangladesh batsmen staged a remarkable fight back late yesterday taking their team to 95-1 after Zimbabwe had put on a strong first innings total of 389 all out to seize control of the first Test on day two at the Harare Sports Club.

The tourists were assisted by some sluggish fielding with Zimbabwe failing to take early chances during Bangladesh’s first innings reply which kicked off just after tea, and were 294 behind at stumps.

Kyle Jarvis must have been frustrated to see Graeme Cremer drop Jahurul Islam in the first over before confusion between wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami and Keegan Meth saw Shahriah Nafees survive as Zimbabwe took a leaf from the tourists in the field.

Jarvis finally struck when Nafees spooned his delivery straight to Maruma at point for an easy catch but Jahurul Islam and Mohammad Ashraful were unbeaten on 38 and 23 respectively.

Captain Brendan Taylor entered the record books with his knock of 171 runs, the highest knock by a Zimbabwean captain.

Taylor and Cremer batted well and a score of 400 which didn’t look feasible at some stage looked probable with the two in the middle.
The hopes faded when Creamer (42) fell to Sohag Gazi’s trickery and was caught by Mahmudullah with the captain’s innings coming to an end after he edged Enamul Haque Jnr into Mushfiqur Rahim’s gloves.

The situation had changed from one of near catastrophe to that of control at 344-8 Keegan Meth and Shingi Masakadza who scored 21 each had a point to prove and batted with intent until shortly after tea when the former perished on 21 after he lobbed Enamul Haque to Hossain at point, to leave Zimbabwe on 381-9 and Sohag Gazi rounded it off by dismissing Masakadza (21).

Zimbabwe had earlier resumed on their overnight score of 217-4, but like on the first day, they lost two early wickets in the first session with Elton Chigumbura adding just six to his overnight score of six before falling cheaply — caught and bowled by Rubel Hossain.
Four overs and 15 runs later Mutumbami followed him upstairs after scoring 13 runs fashioned in such a promising manner it was a pity he fell so early in his innings.

Cremer joined Taylor who himself continued to accumulate at a steady pace and the lack of partners at times threatened his ton and a half.
By lunch Zimbabwe had reached 285-6 and needed to increase their run rate which they did, adding 93 in the second session.

With six bowlers in the line up Zimbabwe looked to have laid a good platform.

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