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Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh in command after 4th day

Update : 28 Apr 2013, 06:21 PM

Zimbabwe finished day four of the second Test against Bangladesh needing another 263 runs to win with six wickets in hand. Earlier, Bangladesh declared their second innings at 291-9, leaving the home side with a target of 401 in the fourth innings.

Starting the day 272 runs to the good, and needing to win the game to take a piece of the series, Bangladesh’s overnight batsmen – skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain – batted through most of the first session of the day.

Mushfiq was brilliantly caught at gully by Vusi Sibanda from the bowling of Hamilton Masakadza for a well made 93. Nasir notched his second fifty of the match and remained unbeaten on 67, after steering the tail to add 40 runs after the lunch break. The visitors eventually declared when the lead touched 400 – and their second innings included half-centuries from Shakib Al Hasan, as well as Mushfiq and Nasir.

Needing 401 for victory, Zimbabwe lost Regis Chakabva, who was bowled by Shakib, in the ninth over and just before the tea interval. Six overs later, Shakib again silenced the Sunday crowd by removing the other opener, Sibanda, who spooned a flighted, angling in delivery straight to Sohag Gazi at short extra cover.

All-rounder Ziaur Rahman, who had made a duck in Bangladesh’s innings, compensated for his failure with the bat by picking up the first two wickets of his Test career. The first was the crucial one of skipper Brendan Taylor, who was given out LBW after scoring 10 from 43 balls. Zia’s second delivery was the stuff of dreams as a ball bowled from wide of the crease, angled in and straightened after pitching to beat Malcolm Walker’s push and uproot the off stump, leaving the Bangladeshis jubilant.

At stumps, the Masakadza brothers remained unbeaten – Hamilton on 46 and Shingi on 7.

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