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10-Jul-2021 04:21:00 GMT
Zim vs Ban - Only Test, Harare, day 3

Mehidy Hasan and Shakib star as Zimbabwe collapse

Bangladesh 468 (Mahmudullah 150*, Liton 95, Ahmed 75, Muzarabani 4-94) and 45 for 0 (Shadman 22*, Saif 20*) lead Zimbabwe 275 (Kaitano 87, Taylor 81, Miraz 5-82, Shakib 4-82) by 237 runs

Harare: Bangladesh took stranglehold of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe after spinners Mehidy Hasan (5/82) and Shakib al Hasan (4/82) ran through the home sides innings on the third day to give their side a 192-run lead on first innings.

At stumps, Bangladesh have added 45 runs for the loss of no wicket in the second innings.

Shadman Islam and Saif Hassan have been watchful, making sure they see out the day. They will need to bat well tomorrow and lay a platform for the visitors.

Zimbabwe were looking strong at one point, at 176/1 with both Brendan Taylor (81) and Takudzwanashe Kaitano (87) looking solid at the crease.

After Taylor fell to off-spinner Mehidy, Kaitano added 49 with Dion Myers (27). Myers’s dismissal triggered a collapse as eight Zimbabwean wickets fell for just 51 runs.

Pace bowler Taskin Ahmed was the only one other than offie Mehidy and left-arm spinner Shakib to take a wicket.

28-year-old Takudzwanashe Kaitano played well at the top for Zimbabwe on debut.

The opener played a gritty knock and put a price on his wicket. He continued his hard work from Day 2 and defended valiantly.

Kaitano scored a 311-ball 87. His knock was laced with nine fours. He shared three crucial stands in Zimbabwe's innings.

Senior batter Brendan Taylor walked in on Day 2 after the Zimbabwe openers put up 61 for the first wicket.

After sharing a 53-run stand yesterday, Taylor batted well on Friday to amass another 62 runs alongside Kaitamo.

In the end, Taylor hit a quick-fire 92-ball 81. He smashed 12 fours and a six.Taylor hit his 11th fifty and a third against Bangladesh.

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