Mehidy gets breakthrough
Tigers look to restrict Zimbabwe
Published : Monday, 5 November, 2018 at 1:34 PM Count : 318
Mehidy Hasan Miraz has given Bangladesh the breakthrough against Zimbabwe after lunch in the Sylhet Test. At the end of 37 overs, Zimbabwe was 102/3.
Bangladesh took two early wickets, but Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams and Hamilton Masakadza took the visitors to the 100-mark before lunch.
But Miraz eventually caught the Zimbabwean captain, Masakadza, in front of the stumps.
He had earlier bowled a beautiful delivery that slipped past the edge of Brian Chari’s bat on its way to the stumps in the 13th over, giving Bangladesh their first scalp of the innings.
Imrul Kayes had secured a difficult catch in the outfield to dismiss Brendan Taylor off a delivery from Taijul Islam.
But the Tigers still have a ways to go in tough conditions.
The spinners aren’t getting too much turn on the pitch. The bounce is standard and the ball is not stopping on the wicket. Bangladesh will have to work hard to get wickets. But Taijul Islam, who picked up six scalps in the first innings, believes the visitors’ innings can be brought to an end within 150 runs.
The third day’s play began at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Monday morning.
After the second day, Zimbabwe had a lead of 140 runs. But Taijul says the Tigers are not too far behind at this point. According to the left-handed spinner, the team will need disciplined bowling to restrict the visitors.
According to Zimbabwe’s bowling coach Douglas Hondo, the team wants to bat through the third day and seat as high a target as possible for Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe 1st Innings: 282
Bangladesh 1st Innings: 143 (Liton 9, Imrul 5, Mominul 11, Shanto, 5, Mahmudullah 0, Mushfiqur 31, Ariful 41*, Miraz 21, Taijul 8, Apu, 4, Abu Jayed 0)