After Bangladesh’s record-breaking first innings in the second Test in Dhaka, Zimbabwe’s batters put their shoulders to the stone in an effort to push past the follow-on mark in a bid to preserve their 1-0 series lead.
Resuming overnight one wicket down and 497 runs behind Bangladesh’s monster first-innings total, Zimbabwe lost nightwatchman Donald Tiripano for a studious eight off 46 balls.
Playing in only his sixth Test, opener Brian Chari scored 53 off 128 balls (six fours, two sixes), adding 56 for the third wicket with Brendan Taylor. Bangladesh knocked over two further Zimbabwe wickets to have the visitors in a spot of bother at 131-5 before Taylor and Peter Moor added 139 for the sixth wicket off 223 balls.
Moor was trapped leg before by Ariful Haque 17 runs short of what would have been his maiden Test century in his eighth Test, although his 83 off 114 balls (12 fours, one six) did pip his previous Test best of 79.
Taylor went to his fifth Test century off 187 balls, before falling for 110 off 194 balls (10 fours) with the score on 290, caught by Taijul Islam off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz. The bowler struck two balls later to remove Brandon Mavuta for a second-ball duck, caught by Ariful Haque.
Regis Chakabva followed seven overs later, caught by Mominul Haque off the bowling of Taijul Islam for 10 runs off 42 balls, at which point the umpires drew stumps for the day.
Kyle Jarvis remained undefeated on nine off 23 balls, and he and his incoming batting partner, Tendai Chatara, will face an awkward morning tomorrow as they attempt to scratch out the 19 runs they need to avoid the follow-on.
Taijul Islam bowled manfully for 40.3 overs, reeling out 10 maidens as he took 5-107, ably supported by Mehidy Hasan Miraz with 3-61.
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