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Batsmen dominate on second day

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 9 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Batsmen dominate on second day
Mahmudullah and Taskin Ahmed

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Mahmudullah struck a sensational hundred in his comeback Test while Taskin Ahmed made an unforeseen fifty to guide Bangladesh post a mammoth first innings total against Zimbabwe on the second day of a one-off Test series in Harare on Thursday.

Mahmudullah made an unbeaten 150 off 278 balls, his career-best innings that gave a new lifeline to his red-ball career while Taskin scored 75 off 134 balls as Bangladesh made 468 runs in 126 overs in their first innings and registered their highest ever Test total at Harare Sports Club.

Zimbabwe also gave a strong reply and finished the second day on 114-1 in 41 overs, still trailing by 354 runs to Bangladesh’s first innings total.

Opener Milton Shumba made 41 runs while debutant Takudzwanashe Kaitano and skipper Brendan Taylor remained not out on 33 and 37 runs respectively at stumps.

Shakib Al Hasan was the only successful bowler for Bangladesh picking up Shumba’s wicket on the day where the batsmen from both sides dominated after eight wickets fell on the opening day.

Mahmudullah and Taskin, who resumed Bangladesh’s innings on 294-8, earlier frustrated the host bowlers during the entire first session by adding 110 runs in 24 overs.

Mahmudullah, who was 54 overnight, struck off-spinner Roy Kaia for back to back boundaries to complete his fifth Test hundred while Taskin also reached his maiden Test fifty in the same session.

Taskin, who was dropped on 32 at second slip, was finally dismissed by part-timer Shumba while pacer Blessing Muzarabani (4-94) removed the last man Ebadot Hossain (0) two overs later to end Bangladesh innings.

The Mahmudullah-Taskin pair put up 191 runs for the ninth wicket stand that was enough to break Bangladesh’s previous best partnership record in the same wicket - 184 runs made by Mahmudullah and Abul Hasan against West Indies in 2012.

However, they fell four-run short of breaking the world record set by South African Mark Boucher and Pat Symcox against Pakistan in 1998.

Unlike Bangladesh top-order, Zimbabwe batters gave them a brilliant start as the opening pair scored 61 runs before Shakib broke partnership.

But the hosts didn’t lose any wicket in the remaining part of the day’s play which made the game evenly poised after day two.