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Bangladesh batsman Mominul Haque scored a superb century to leave Zimbabwe chasing 449 to win at the end of the fourth day of the third Test in Chittagong.
Haque was well supported by opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, who made 65.
Starting out the day on 23/0, Bangladesh’s opening pair of Iqbal and Imrul Kayes only added 13 runs to their 23-run partnership before Kayes was caught behind off the bowling of Tinashe Panyangara for 15.
Iqbal and Haque made up for the early loss of Kayes with a 113-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Iqbal was clean bowled by Natsai Mushangwe for 65 off 142 balls, which included four boundaries.
Haque and Mahmudullah kept the runs flowing with a 55-run partnership before Mahmudullah was caught behind off the bowling of Panyangara for 30.
Mahmudullah wasn’t given out initially, but Zimbabwe decided to review the decision. Replays showed that Mahmudullah had hit the ball before it was caught by Richmond Mutumbami behind the stumps and this led to the third umpire overturning the original decision.
Shakib Al Hasan scored 17 runs before he was caught by Craig Ervine at long-on off the bowling of Mushangwe.
Haque and Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim stabilised the innings with a 71-run partnership before Rahim was caught by Mushangwe at wide long-on off the bowling of Sikandar Raza for 46.
Just a short while after Rahim’s dismissal, he decided to declare with his side on 319/5, which set Zimbabwe a target of 449 runs to win.
Haque ended up scoring his fourth Test century before Rahim decided to declare.
Haque’s unbeaten knock of 131 came off 189 balls and included 13 boundaries.
Panyangara and Mushangwe picked up two wickets apiece, while Raza chipped in with one .
Chasing 449 to win, Zimbabwe got off to a terrible start as opening batsman Brian Chari was given out lbw off the bowling of Rubel Hossain for a duck.
Chari took too long to call for the review and to make matters worse, replays showed that the ball would have missed the stumps.
Raza and Hamilton Masakadza steered Zimbabwe back in the right direction with an unbeaten 67-run partnership before stumps was called.
Raza finished on 43 off 43 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes, while Masakadza remained undefeated on 26 off 66 deliveries, which included three boundaries.
Hossain was the only bowler to take a wicket.
Zimbabwe ended day four on 71/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.