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Zim still in charge

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Bangladesh stuck to their task to reach 107 for three at stumps on the second day of the one-off test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club yesterday, trailing the hosts’ first innings by 263 runs.

Batsman Hamilton Masakadza reached a personal milestone when he grabbed his second Test century a decade after posting his first one at a tender age.

Shariar Nafees (50) was the only wicket to fall in the evening session for Bangladesh, sweeping at Ray Price, but he only managed to drag the ball onto his body from where it fell onto the off stump.

Mohammad Ashraful will continue this morning on 34 and Mahmuddullh who had four.

Earlier, debutant Brian Vitori claimed two quick wickets to turn the tide back in Zimbabwe’s favour at tea.

After starting the day looking comfortable on 264 for two in their first innings, Zimbabwe lost eight wickets in quick succession around lunch.

They were 326 for six at the lunch break, and were eventually all out for 370 in mid-afternoon.

However, Bangladesh lost two early wickets of their own to slip to 38 for two just before the tea break.

Both openers, Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes, were caught off the bowling of Vitori after scoring only 15 and four runs respectively, leaving the tourists still 334 runs behind their hosts with eight wickets remaining.

Earlier, in Zimbabwe’s first Test after six years in exile, Masakadza scored 104, his second Test century.

He resumed after ending day one on 88 not out and toiled for his runs before completing his century in 235 balls.

His hundred included eight fours and one six and was his first tonne since his debut against the West Indies on the same ground 10 years ago.

Shortly after he fell to a catch at first slip by Imral Keyes when trying to drive Rabiul Islam for 104 to end a partnership of 142 for the third wicket with Brendan Taylor.

Vusi Sibanda made 78 while Taylor, in an unusually subdued mood, made his fourth Test half-century before being dismissed for 71.

Shakib Al Hasan and Rubel Hossain took three wickets apiece for Bangladesh.
— Supersport/Sports Reporter

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