Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd Test Day 4: Mahmudullah helps Bangladesh build solid lead despite Waller’s four-for

Mahmudullah is currently unbeaten on 63

Mahmudullah is currently unbeaten on 63

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Despite a four-wicket haul from Zimbabwe off-spinner Malcolm Waller, Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah scored an unbeaten 63 to stretch his side’s lead to 266 at the end of the fourth day of the second Test in Khulna.

Zimbabwe batsman Regis Chakabva also deserves a lot of credit as he registered his maiden Test century.

However, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and batsman Mominul Haque also stole some of the limelight as the former picked up yet another five-wicket haul, while the latter scored a lovely half-century

Starting out the day on 331/5, Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza and Chakabva only added five runs to their 142-run partnership before Masakadza was clean bowled by Al Hasan for a career-best 158, which came off 326 balls and included 17 boundaries and two sixes.

Al Hasan recorded his 13th five-wicket haul when Waller was caught behind for only six runs.

Al Hasan finished with figures of 5-80 of 41 overs

Al Hasan finished with figures of 5-80 of 41 overs

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Tendai Chatara failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught and bowled by Rubel Hossain for a duck.

Hossain struck again just three balls later when debutant Natsai Mushangwe was caught behind for a duck as well.

Chakabva went on to score his maiden Test century before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Taijul Islam.

Chakabva reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit middle stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Chakabva’s career-best innings of 101 came off 226 deliveries and included 13 boundaries.

Chakabva is all smiles after scoring his maiden Test century

Chakabva is all smiles after scoring his maiden Test century

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Al Hasan was easily the pick of the bowlers with his five wickets, while Islam snapped up three and Hossain chipped in with two as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 368, which gave Bangladesh a 65-run lead.

With a 65-run lead in hand, Bangladesh got off to a poor start as opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was caught and bowled by Tinashe Panyangara for 20.

Shamsur Rahman scored 23 runs before he was caught by Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Waller.

Rahman was not given out initially, but Zimbabwe reviewed the decision and the third umpire gave him out.

However, Rahman’s dismissal did stir up some controversy as it was not conclusive whether he had edged the ball or whether the ball had solely hit his pad.

Haque and Mahmudullah stabilised the innings with a 56-run partnership, during which Haque brought up his half-century, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Waller.

Haque’s brilliant knock of 54 came off 97 balls and included six boundaries.

Haque became the fastest Bangladesh batsman to score 1,000 Test runs

Haque became the fastest Bangladesh batsman to score 1,000 Test runs

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Al Hasan only made six runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Waller.

Al Hasan reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to clip leg stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Waller struck again the very next ball when Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was caught behind for a golden duck.

Mahmudullah and Shuvagata Hom steered Bangladesh’s innings back in the right direction with an unbeaten 56-run partnership, during which Mahmudullah registered his half-century, before stumps was called.

Mahmudullah finished on 63 off 129 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Hom remained undefeated on 23 off 57 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Waller was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Panyangara claimed one.

Bangladesh ended day four on 201/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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