Tigers in command

Nazmul, Mominul hit fifties

Sports Correspondent

24 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh have taken command in their one-off Test against Zimbabwe as Nazmul Hossain Shanto and skipper Mominul Haque hit fifties to help them reach 240-3 at stumps on the second day of the five-day cricket game at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.

Nazmul made 71 runs off 139 balls while Mominul remained unbeaten on 79, helping the Tigers close in on Zimbabwe’s first innings total of 265 runs, as they trail now only by 25 runs.

Nazmul led Bangladesh’s initial charge after Victor Nyauchi removed opener Saif Hasan cheaply for eight to give Zimbabwe an early breakthrough.

The young left-hander was involved in two sizable partnerships of 78 and 76 runs respectably with Tamim Iqbal and Mominul on his way to maiden Test fifty in what is his only his fourth Test.

Tamim made 41 runs before he edged Donald Tiripano to wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva.

Debutant Charlton Tshuma dismissed Nazmul for his maiden Test wicket but Mominul, and Mushfiqur

Rahim, 32 not out, averted further damage before stumps with an unbroken 68-run fourth wicket stand.

Zimbabwe, meanwhile, left the field with a few serious injury concerns. Seamer Victor Nyauchi wore a stinging drive from Tamim Iqbal on his right wrist, and went off for some time to ice the blow.

He returned, able to bowl, but when he was struck in the same position while fielding in the covers late in the day, he was once again forced from the field, joining Prince Masvaure on the sidelines.

Masvaure himself had to leave and have his right hand strapped in bandages when Mominul thrashed a pull straight at him while he was fielding under the helmet at short leg, the ball cracking into the back of his right hand. It remains to be seen how much of a role either will be able to play in the remainder of the Test.

Battered and bruised, Zimbabwe endured a gruelling day in the field as Bangladesh built their innings around a series of steady stands.

Pacer Abu Jayed earlier claimed career-best 4-71 and shared four wickets with left-arm spinner Taijul Islam as Bangladesh wrapped up Zimbabwe innings in one-hour and 20 minutes in the morning.

Zimbabwe could add 37 runs to their overnight score of 228-6 before losing their remaining wickets.

Jayed dismissed overnight batsman Donald Tiripano, who edged to wicket-keeper Liton Das after making eight runs.

Jayed then handed Ainsley Ndlovu a duck in his next over to give Bangladesh the second breakthrough on the day.

Taijul, who remained wicket-less on day one, joined the act and trapped Charlton Tshuma for a duck in the next over before he dismissed another overnight batsman Regis Chakabva for 30 to end with 2-90.

Skipper Craig Ervine was the mainstay of Zimbabwe’s innings with 107 while off-spinner Nayeem Hasan claimed the highest 4-70 for Bangladesh.