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Dhaka Tribune

Hamilton holds slim Zimbabwe hopes after 4th day

Update : 28 Apr 2013, 05:48 PM

Zimbabwean skipper Branden Taylor’s wicket was the vital one for Bangladesh, who ended day four of the second Test in control. A member of the visiting side had said as much ahead of the days play and with Taylor out of the way, the Tigers fancy their chances to win the match, square the series and most definitely, avoid the humiliation of being whitewashed by opposition who they feel they should defeat.

Bangladesh need 6 more wickets, while Zimbabwe will be looking for 263 more runs on the final day of the last Test of the series. The odds appear to be heavily in the visiting sides favour.

“Getting two or three wickets early in the morning will be good for us, and might also make us win the game,” said Bangladesh batsman Nasir Hossain, who has scored two fifties in the match, at the post play press conference yesterday.

The quick fall of wickets was a precarious sign for Zimbabwe, but Hamilton Masakadza’s phlegmatic touch did much to ease the home team’s fright. Unbeaten on 46 at stumps, Masakadza partnered four batsmen to keep the scoreboard ticking.

However Nasir who had earlier helped stretch Bangladesh’s lead to 400 runs with an unbeaten 67, did not think that the elder Masakadza brother could do much damage by himself.

“I believe he alone won’t be able to do much, as at the end the day, cricket is a team game. Also the wicket will also not be easy to bat on the last day (today) and we also have to make sure that we bowl well,” said the 21-year old.

Zimbabwe batting coach Grant Flower thinks that his side still has chances, and applauded Masakadza’s showing as an inspiration to the rest of the team. Zimbabwe would need to fight like Masakadza, thought the coach, to do well on the last day.

“One great thing about cricket - some fail and it gives others opportunity to do well, as you can see in Bangladesh. Their top order failed, but the middle order came to the party and so did our middle order, so hopefully they can do well tomorrow,” said Flower.

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