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Bangladesh A make slow progress


Bangladesh A 162 for 3 (Litton 54, Shadman 40, Mutombodzi 2-27) trail Zimbabwe A 206 by 44 runs


DHAKA — Bangladesh A took their time against Zimbabwe A on the second day of the first unofficial Test in the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar yesterday.

At stumps, the hosts were 162 for three on a day when nearly two hours of play was lost to rain.

Despite the interruption, the hosts could only add 132 runs in 79 overs. Opener Litton Das made 54 before being caught behind off left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza in the 34th over, after adding 76 for the first wicket with Shadman Islam.

Shadman made 40 in almost fours hours, scoring just two fours during his 179-ball knock. He was eventually dismissed by the leg- spinner Tinotenda Mutombodzi.

Marshall Ayub got out for 20, also to Mutombodzi, after being caught by Kudakwashe Munyede.

Raqibul Hasan and captain Naeem Islam then added 37 runs in 29.1 overs during their unbroken fourth-wicket stand.

Mutombodzi was Zimbabwe A’s most successful spinner claiming two wickets for 27 runs in 16 overs while Wellington Masakadza claimed a wicket.

Half centuries by captain Vusi Sibanda and wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva took Zimbabwe A to 206 runs in their first as left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib took nine wickets on the opening day on Sunday.

Sibanda hit 62 while number five Chakabva made 64 to take the second-string Zimbabwe outfit to a respectable total against Bangladesh A’s impressive spin onslaught.

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