Bangladesh pin down hosts

HARARE - Zimbabwe enters the final day of the second Test match of the Teletalk 3G series against Bangladesh in search of a miracle to salvage a draw with prospects of a win seemingly disappearing with each wicket falling.

The host were on 138 runs for the loss of four wickets at stumps and still need 263 runs to win the match and seal the series after having won the first match by 335 runs last week.

Brothers Hamilton and Shingi Masakadza thrown in the deep end as night watchman carry Zimbabwe’s hopes both unbeaten on 46 and 7 runs respectively.

The target looks achievable considering that Zimbabwe have the whole day, an average of 90 overs to try and get to 263.

The only cause for concern is the team’s inability to convert positive starts into big scores.

Openers Regis Chakabva and Vusi Sibanda showed glimpses of the useful batsmen they can be on a good day but both fell cheaply for 22 and 32 runs respectively inside 15.1 overs.

Chakabva was clean bowled by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in the 10th over while Sibanda was caught in the covers by Sohag Gazi off Shakib with Zimbabwe on 66-2.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor (10) was given lbw off the bowling of seamer Ziaur Rahman in the 28th over.

Six overs later, Malcolm Waller was bowled by Rahman to leave the hosts reeling on 118-4 after 33.3 overs.

Taylor’s dismissal extinguished hopes of an easy come back leaving the middle and tail order with a mammoth task if Zimbabwe is to get any of the two desired results.

Bangladesh’s on-song bowler Robiul Islam is still to get a wicket in Zimbabwe’s second innings and after taking a five wickets in the first innings, he is certain to up his swing when the game resumed on today.

Earlier in the morning, Bangladesh resumed their second innings on 163-5 adding 128 runs for the loss of four wickets before they declared on 291-9 with a lead of 400.

Captain Mushifiqur Rahim fell seven runs short of what would have been his third century in Test cricket, whe he was caught by Sibanda at point off the bowling of Hamilton.

The visitors were on 251-7 at lunch leading by 360 runs and needed only 40 runs after the break to put the home team back on the crease after getting the second innings lead of 400.

Nasir Hossain (67) and Robiul Islam (4) were unbeaten when their skipper Rahim called them back following the declaration after 88overs.

Part- time medium pacer Hamilton claimed two wickets in the day to finish with a total of three for 24 runs from 11 overs while his younger brother Shingi took one to end with four for 58 from 24

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