Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 3rd Test Day 2: Raza and Masakadza fight back after Bangladesh score 503

Raza excelled with both the bat and ball

Raza excelled with both the bat and ball

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Zimbabwe opener Sikandar Raza and batsman Hamilton Masakadza both made unbeaten half-centuries to help their side fight back after Bangladesh scored 503 on the second day of the third Test in Chittagong.

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan deserves a lot of credit as well as he scored a brilliant 71.

Starting out the day on 303/2, Bangladesh batsman Mominul Haque and all-rounder Mahmudullah only added nine runs to their 31-run partnership before Haque was caught by Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor at slip off the bowling of Tinashe Panyangara for 48.

Mahmudullah went on to score 16 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Shingi Masakadza.

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim only made 15 runs before he was clean bowled by Hamilton Masakadza.

Al Hasan and Shuvagata Hom stabilised the innings with a 50-run partnership, during which Al Hasan brought up his half-century, before he was brilliantly caught by Craig Ervine at cover off the bowling of Raza.

Al Hasan’s excellent knock of 71 came off 110 balls and included seven boundaries.

Al Hasan struck seven boundaries during his innings of 71

Al Hasan struck seven boundaries during his innings of 71

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Taijul Islam scored one run before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shingi Masakadza.

Shafiul Islam mustered 10 runs before he was caught by Ervine at short midwicket off the bowling of Raza.

Hom ended up making 35 runs before he was run out by Shingi Masakadza.

Despite the late flurry of wickets, Rubel Hossain and Jubair Hossain amassed a last-gasp 51-run partnership before Jubair Hossain was cleaned up by Panyangara for five runs.

Rubel Hossain remained unbeaten on a career-best 45, which came off 44 balls and included two boundaries and four sixes.

Raza was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Panyangara, Hamilton Masakadza and Shingi Masakadza chipped in with two wickets apiece as Bangladesh were bowled out for 503.

Trailing by 503 runs, Zimbabwe got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Brian Chari was caught behind off the bowling of Rubel Hossain for a duck.

Chari was not given out initially, but Rahim decided to review the decision. Replays showed that the ball had hit Chari’s bat and the third umpire ended up overturning the original decision.

Raza and Hamilton Masakadza made up for the early loss of Chari with an unbeaten 104-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries, before stumps was called.

Raza finished on 54 off 65 balls, which included nine boundaries, while Masakadza scored 51 off 86 deliveries, which included seven boundaries and a six.

Masakadza is currently unbeaten on 51

Masakadza is currently unbeaten on 51

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Hossain was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Zimbabwe ended day two on 113/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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