• Tigers on top after Mahmudullah ton

    Bangladesh seized command, as batsman Mohammad Mahmudullah struck a superb century on day four of the second Test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday.

    The hosts amassed 522 for seven declared on the back of wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim’s solid double-century in the first innings – and enjoyed another declaration en route to 224 for six in the second.

    Mahmudullah’s workmanlike 101 not out spanned 122 deliveries – and was lined with four fours and half as many sixes. He was well supported by sidekick Mohammad Mithun’s complementary 67.

    Zimbabwe’s first innings was limited to a modest 304 all out, while their second climbed to a promising 68 without loss. The loss of openers Hamilton Mazakadza and Brian Chari in quick succession, however, eventually translated to a wobbly 76 for two.

    Thursday will see Bangladesh pursue the last eight wickets required for a series-levelling victory, while the Zimbabweans are still an unlikely 367 runs shy of clinching a series triumph.

    The Tigers will rely heavily on spinner Taijul Islam, who took 11 wickets in the series opener and another has clinched another six in this match. Brendan Taylor will want to be Zimbabwe’s mainstay again, after gathering a fine ton in the first innings.

    Image: Getty

    Post by

    Jonhenry Wilson