Bangladeshi batsmen have put them in a stronger position in the second test match against Zimbabwe at the Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka. The hosts were 303-5 at the end of the first day’s play. Mushfiqur Rahim, who had completed his century, and Mahmudullah were on the batting crease.
The Bangladeshi batsmen started the innings in a cautious manner. Both Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah looked to rotate the strike without taking many risks. It was in the 122nd over when the visitors were successful in getting the 6th wicket. Kyle Jarvis dismissed Mahmudullah for 36. Jarvis soon got his fifth scalp of the innings as he picked up Ariful Haque for 4 runs and reduced Bangladesh to 378-7.
Mehidy Hasan did the sensible job by rotating the strike and giving as much strike as possible to Mushfiqur. Mushfiqur showed immense character to build the innings again. After the dismissal of two quick wickets, he soaked in all the pressure from the bowlers to consolidate the batting innings. He reached his 150 in the due process.
Mehidy Hasan, by now, too found his feet on the crease. The two batsmen slowly started to construct a partnership for the 8th wicket. 18 fours and a solitary six helped Mushfiqur to reach to his second double century, thus becoming the first Bangladeshi cricketer to score 2 double centuries in test cricket. Mehidy too completed a well deserved half century as the hosts went past the 500 runs mark. Captain Mahmudullah finally decided to declare the innings for the score of 522 runs.
Zimbabwean batsmen knew they had a difficult task in their hands and they hoped that their openers would bestow them with a positive start. Both Hamilton Masakadza and Brian Chari started the innings slowly. The intent was clear. They wanted to avoid giving wickets to the hosts. Both the batsmen were successful for the first 14 overs. The start of the 15th-over saw Zimbabwe lose their captain Masakadza for 14 runs. Taijul Islam dismissed him to end the 20 runs opening stand. Chari and nightwatchman Donald Tiripano have done well not to lose any more wickets as they closed the day with 25 runs on the board for the loss of 1 wicket.
The first task that lies for the visitors is to avoid the innings defeat. With spin destined to play a key role in the days to come, Zimbabwe clearly look out of ideas. Bangladeshi bowlers would look to help their team take a big first innings lead.
Day 2 Summary:
Bangladesh 1st innings: 522-7 dec(160 o.)
Mushfiqur Rahim: 219*
Mominul Haque: 161
Kyle Jarvis: 28-6-71-5.
Zimbabwe: 25-1(18 o.)
Hamliton Masakadza: 14
Brian Chari: 10*
Taijul Islam: 5-3-5-1.