Mushangwe leads Zim fight back

HARARE - Leg-spinner Natsai Mushangwe picked four wickets in defence of the Zimbabweans first innings slender total 241 as host BCB X1 closed day two on 252-6 leading by 11 runs.

After Elton Chigumbura’s solo day one wicket in this three-day warm-up encounter, Tafadzwa Kamungozi grabbed the visitors’ first wicket on day two yesterday after he trapped top-order batsman, Rony Talukder for 46 runs in the 30th over with Bangladesh Cricket Board X1 on 97-3.

But from then onwards it was pretty much the Mushangwe show with the leg-spinner picking four uninterrupted wickets and conceding 98 runs from 28 overs.

Mushangwe’s first victim was opener and half-centurion Shamsur Rahman, who was caught by Sikandar Raza for 69 runs in the 51st over.

Marshall Ayub followed after 58.3 overs for 31 runs after he was caught by Craig Ervine for Mushangwe’s second wicket while Naeem Islam and Asif Ahmed departed in the 63rd and 73rd over respectively.

Kamungozi was economical despite claiming a single scalp giving away only 38 runs from 20 overs at a rate 1.90 while seamer Shingi Masakadza went at 2.28 in his seven overs for 16 runs.

The match resumes on the third and final day this morning with host leading by 11 runs with four wickets remaining. Shuvagata Hom (53) and Taibur Rahman (15) are both unbeaten at the crease.

Zimbabwe are currently in the subcontinent for a lengthy tour comprising of three Test matches and five One Day Internationals.

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