Bangladesh fought back against Zimbabwe, knocking them over for 181 on day three of the first Test in Sylhet as Zimbabwe’s batters struggled to handle the spin of Taijul Islam.
Islam took his career Test wickets tally up to 80 after taking 5-62 in Zimbabwe’s second innings to follow up his first-innings 6-108. The 11-wicket haul was the slow left-arm orthodox bowler’s first 10-wicket match haul, to add to his five five-fors.
Hamilton Masakadza scored 48 off 104 balls (seven fours) to take his match tally to 100, while five other Zimbabweans made good starts but couldn’t push on to help build a substantial second-innings score.
Sikandar Raza (25 off 30) and Brendan Taylor (24 off 25) both hit four boundaries before falling to Islam, while Sean Williams (20 off 65 balls), Regis Chakabva (20 off 65) and Test debutant Wellington Masakadza (17 off 60 balls) all set their stalls out for longer innings but couldn’t keep the Bangladesh bowlers at bay.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz took 3-48 and Nazmul Islam 2-27 as Zimbabwe were bundled out for 181 off 65.4 overs.
Bangladesh ended the day on 26 without loss, Liton Das (14 not out) and Imrul Kayes (12 not out) set to resume tomorrow morning as the Tigers chase down the daunting 295 runs they need for victory in this historic Test.
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