Nayeem brings Bangladesh back in the game
After Zimbabwe’s recovery in the first session, Bangladesh have brought themselves back in the game in the second session on day one of the only Test at Mirpur.
Prince Masvaure and skipper Craig Ervine carried on with the run scoring from the second-half of the first session. The second-wicket partnership reached 100 runs in the afternoon session. Masvaure brought up his second Test half-century in 104 balls.
Masvaure offered chances to Bangladesh on three occasions after his fifty, all of Nayeem Hasan’s bowling. The left-hander mis-timed one to short-leg but luckily survived as it was too quick for the field – Saif Hassan. Nayeem had himself had an opportunity off his own bowling which he dropped over his head. And lastly, Masvaure came down the wicket and outside-edged to first slip. Wicket-keeper Liton Das dived to his left which might have distracted Nazmul Hossain Shanto, who dropped the easiest of all chances.
It was Nayeem again who created an opportunity. This time he made a diving catch towards his left off his bowling to break the 111-run stand. Masvaure’s 152-ball stay ended as he made career-best 64 runs.
Nayeem gets one and brings another. He got the big fish Brendan Taylor in his next over. Taylor, on 10, attempted a reverse sweep which deflected the ball on to the off-stump.
Zimbabwe managed 70 runs for two wickets in 30 overs in this session. Ervine is unbeaten at the crease on 60 runs off 144 deliveries. Sikandar Raza is on 7* off 29 at the other end.
Ebadat Hossain still remains the most economical bowler – 13 overs for 20 runs with six maidens.
Zimbabwe 150/3 in 60 overs (Masvaure 64, Ervine 60*; Nayeem 2/45, Rahi 1/32)
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