Watch: Taijul Islam’s 3 wickets in 5 balls
With two days more to go, Bangladesh need another 295 runs to win the Test.
At stumps of day three at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, the first Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe is evenly poised with the home team require near about three hundred more runs to chase with all the wicket remaining in hand.
Bangladesh were 26 without lost in 10.1 overs when bad light stopped the play in pre winter evening at the picturesque Sylhet stadium. Litton Das and Imrul Kayes were unbeaten scoring 14 and 12 respectively.
Earlier in the day, Taijul Islam ripped through the Zimbabwean batting once again, claiming his first 10 wicket haul in Test cricket when he ended bagging the second fifer for the consecutive innings. Taijul’s figure stands tall among all the Bangladeshi bowlers figuring 5 for 62 in the second innings after 6 for 108 in the first innings. Zimbabwe bowled out for 181 in the second innings.
Despite the valiant effort from Bangladesh spinners, the visitors managed to take the considerable lead crossing 300, credited by the horrific batting display from home team batsmen who furnished a big first innings lead to the opposition.
At the start of the second day, Mehedi Hasan lifted the spirit of the crowd dismissing the opposition skipper Hamilton Masakadza who became increasingly dangerous hitting good shots.
Taijul falsified Sean Williams on the way to a reverse sweep, and as soon as Williams departed, Zimbabwe lost the restrictions against the left arm orthodox bowler; he cleaned up rest of the batsmen in the line up in between several wicket taking deliveries from Miraz and Nazmul Islam Apu.
Zimbabwe 1st innings 282 all out (117.3 overs)
Sean Williams 88, Peter Moor 63, Hamilton Masakadza 52
Taijul Islam 6/108, Nazmul Islam 2/49, Abu Jayed 1/68
Zimbabwe 2nd innings 181 all out
Hamilton Masakadza 48, Brendon Taylor 24, Sikandar Raza 25
Taijul Islam 5/62, Mehedi Hasan Miraza 3/48, Nazmul Islam 2/27
Watch Taijul Islam’s 3 wickets in 5 balls
Bangladesh 2nd innings 26/0 (10.1 overs)
Litton Das 14*, Imrul Kayes 12
Bangladesh need 295 runs.