Live: Zimbabwe smell victory as Tigers five down

Zimbabwe have got closer victory in the first Test as they pick up five Bangladeshi wickets in the morning session of day four at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

Zimbabweans in delights after a fall of wicket
Zimbabweans in delights after a fall of wicket


Zimbabwe gave the hosts a target of 321 runs to win after they were bundled out for 181 runs in the second innings. Bangladesh were 26/0 in 10.1 overs after stumps were called early on day three due to bad light. The fourth day’s play started at 9:30 am, half an hour before usual time.

Opening batsmen Liton Das and Imrul Kayes steadily handled the beginning part of morning session. They put on fifty-run stand in 21 overs, Bangladesh’s first 50-plus partnership for the opening wicket in last eight Test innings.

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The 56-run stand was broken by Sikandar Raza when Liton attempted a pull shot on a delivery which wasn’t full enough. DRS review from the Zimbabweans confirmed Liton’s departure for 75-ball 23. Mominul Haque’s short stay of 9 runs ended when he under-edged Kyle Jarvis on to the stumps.

Captain Mahmudullah Riyad joined Imrul at the crease. Imrul lost his wicket just moments before the lunch when Raza bowled him round the legs as he attempted a sweep shot. Imrul made 43 off 103 with six boundaries.

The session ended in a miserable way with Mahmudullah getting out while sweeping Raza. Nazmul Hossain Shanto’s suicidal attempt left him lose his wicket in the last over of the session off Brandon Mavuta, who got his first Test wicket.

Bangladesh are 111/5 in 46.5 overs at lunch on day four, needing another 210 runs to win with five wickets remaining. Raza has scalped three wickets so far and also a catch.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 282 and 181

Bangladesh 143 and 111/5 in 46.5 overs (Imrul 43, Liton 23; Raza 3/41, Mavuta 1/2)

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