Bangladesh failed to capitalise on finishing off the Zimbabwe tail early on day two of the first ever Test in Sylhet, as Zimbabwe paceman Tendai Chatara knocked over three of Bangladesh’s top-five batters.
Regis Chakabva added just eight runs to his overnight 20 with the score on 261-6, at which point the Zimbabwe innings imploded as the last four wickets fell for just 21 runs.
Peter Moor went to his fourth Test half-century, finishing undefeated on 63 off 192 balls as Zimbabwe finished on 282 off 117.3 overs.
Taijul Islam was the hero of the morning, finishing with figures of 39.3-7-108-6 for his fourth Test five-for, while Nazmul Islam picked up a valuable 2-49.
Bangladesh would have been expected to put together a decent innings considering the recent form of their batters, but they proved no match for a fired-up Zimbabwe, as Chatara rolled through three top-order Bangladesh batters to reduce the hosts to 19-4.
There was some minor middle-order resistance from Mushfiqur Rahim (31 off 54 balls), Ariful Haque (41 not out off 96) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (21), but the rest of the Bangladesh batters could only muster a combined total of 42 runs as Bangladesh fell for 143 off 51 overs.
Chatara was superb, returning figures of 10-4-19-3 (econ 1.90), with Sikandar Raza taking 3-35 (econ 2.91) and Kyle Jarvis 2-28 (econ 2.54) as Zimbabwe snatched a vital (and unexpected) first-innings lead of 139 with three days to play.
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