ZIMBABWE TOUR OF BANGLADESH
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Bangladesh 365/5 (120.0 Ovs)
Mahmudullah 35 (104)
Sean Williams 18-2-48-0
Day 2: Lunch Break – Bangladesh opt to bat
Rahim and Mominul strung together a wonderful stand of 266 for the fourth wicket © AFP
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In what turned out to be an attritional session, Mushfiqur Rahim (135*) and Mahmudullah (35*) continued to grind down Zimbabwe as the duo powered Bangladesh to a position of strength at Lunch on Day 2 of the second Test in Dhaka. The home side was 365 for 5 at the break.
Rahim and Mahmudullah started the day, with Bangladesh in a good position at 303 for 5. The pair mainly looked to stonewall the visiting side’s bowlers. The Zimbabwe pace pair of Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara also bowled zestful spells and extracted awkward bounce to keep the opposition in check.
Chatara in, in particular, hit the deck hard to extract life out of an uneven surface. He also should have reaped the rewards for his persistence when he jagged one back into the right-handed Rahim and induced an inside edge. The ball flew towards Hamilton Masakadza at first slip, but Regis Chakabva, the ‘keeper, instinctively dived across, but couldn’t hold onto the catch despite stretching his right-hand. The on-field umpire signalled it as a leg bye. The UltraEdge later confirmed that Rahim had indeed eked out an inside edge. So it would go down as a missed opportunity.
To make matters worse for the visitors, Chatara soon pulled up with a thigh injury. He had to be taken off the field via a stretcher. Subsequently, he was also ruled out of the rest of the Test. Meanwhile, Rahim and Mahmudullah continued to play with caution. It was only in the 115th over of the innings when Rahim showed a bit of intent with a sweep shot off Sean Williams and the ball scurried to the fine leg fence. Incidentally, it was the first boundary cracked by a Bangladesh batsman after 94 deliveries. The Bangladesh camp would be pleased with the fact that they didn’t lose a single wicket during the course of the session.
At the fag end of the session, Williams also got one to kick off the surface alarmingly that deflected off the keeper’s right shoulder and then towards the first slip fielder. It capsulises the point that the track is crumbling quite quickly.
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) November 12, 2018
Distressing scenes here with Tendai Chatara pulling up lame in his run up, loud groan and he reached for his leg. Doubt he will bowl again this match ???? #BANvZIM
— Zim Undercover Agent (@undercoverzimbo) November 12, 2018
Oh, bad news for Zimbabwe. Very bad news. Tendai Chatara, one of Zimbabwe’s pacers, yelled in pain during the course of his run up and had to be taken off the field via a stretcher. He seemed to have pulled a muscle around his left thigh. Pain and agony for the pacer. He was in the middle of a good spell too.
He was subsequently ruled out of the rest of the Test.
Both Jarvis and Chatara, at the start of Day 2, again extracted variable bounce to trouble Rahim and Mahmudullah. Chatara then hit one of the cracks to extract plenty of life out of the surface. It jagged back appreciably to take the inside edge of Rahim.
Regis Chakabva went for the catch with a dive but despite stretching his right-hand, he couldn’t pouch it. In fact, it was going straight into the hands of Masakaadza at first slip but the ‘keeper instinctively went for the catch. Curiously, the on field umpire ruled it as leg-byes. The UltraEdge, on replays, though, clearly suggested that Rahim had eked out a nick. Lucky escape for Rahim.
Early on in the first session, the track was doing enough – movement via grass and some variable bounce. However, after the first session, the pitch soon settled down. Zimbabwe were also guilty of bowling too short #BANvZIM
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) November 12, 2018
Twenty six for three. Bangladesh in deep trouble. Enter Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim. The duo scripted a stunning turnaround with a superbly paced partnership of 266 for the fourth wicket to put the home side on top at stumps on Day 1 of the Dhaka Test versus Zimbabwe. The hosts were 303 for 5 at close of play.
The pair had to wade through the initial threat of Kyle Jarvis. The track was offering movement via a hint of grass and there was variable bounce, too. Mominul also took a blow on the helmet.
However, once Rahim and Mominul paddled through the first session, runs started to flow easily. The pitch eased out and Zimbabwe’s spinners were guilty of bowling short. Both batsmen completed their respective hundreds. Rahim celebrated his century with a fist pump.
At the fag end of the day, Mominul fell to Chatara, while Jarvis removed Taijul, the nightwatchman. But by then, Rahim and Mominul had taken the Asian nation to safer waters. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe would rue the fact that Mominul was dropped a couple of times.
Can Rahim and co. build on the the good work of Day 1 and pilot Bangladesh to a score in excess of 400? Zimbabwe, on the other hand, will be looking to make early incisions and peg the hosts back.