Apr 182013

Zimbabwe enjoyed a wildly successful morning session on day three of the first Test against Bangladesh in Harare, taking five wickets as the Tigers crumbled under the sustain pressure applied by the pacemen.

Keegan Meth removed two batsmen early on in a spell that lasted 12 overs, and Shingi Masakadza bagged the other three, including skipper Mushfiqur Rahim with the final ball of the session.

The Tigers started the day on 95 for one, having done well the night before to make inroads into the 390 target, but Meth and Kyle Jarvis were frugal and sent down four maiden overs to start. Jarvis bowled six overs for just one run in the morning.

The first wicket to fall was that of Jahurul Islam, who had made 43 and looked well set. But he was sent packing by Meth, who trapped him in front in the 10th over of the day. Mahmudullah departed 10 runs later, also to Meth, who rattled the stumps.

Shakib-al-Hasan felt the pressure after a long absence due to injury, and was only able to add five runs before falling to Masakadza, caught by Vusi Sibanda to put the Tigers in a precarious position.

Shingi then added two more to his tally, with Malcolm Waller catching Mohammad Ashraful for 38, and then Rahim departing soon afterwards for just three, trapped LBW. This left Nasir Hossain in the middle at lunch, without a partner and the Tigers still 55 runs short of the follow on.

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