Apr 172013

Bangladesh did a good job of erasing Zimbabwe’s first innings score, reaching stumps on day two of the first Test in Harare on 95 for one, batting at a far quicker pace than hosts to remain 294 runs behind.

Zimbabwe were dismissed for 389 just after tea, with a century from skipper Brendan Taylor the reason for such a good score, though they had batted slowly on a tricky deck. The Tigers’ batsmen made the task seem easier though, and Jahurul Islam was on 38 at the close.

Taylor recorded the best score by a Zimbabwe captain, though he was out for 171 in the afternoon. Taylor overtook Andy Flower’s 156, having batted for most of day one to record his third Test ton by stumps on day one.

The hosts started the day on 217 for four, with Taylor on 105 and Elton Chigumbura new to the crease on six. He was only able to double his score though, and fell to Rubel Hossain two overs into the day’s play.

Robiul Islam added his third wicket of the innings soon afterwards, dismissing Richmond Mutumbami for 11, while Taylor continued to flow at the other end. He and Graeme Cremer reached lunch with the score on 285 for six.

Cremer proved an able partner and stuck around for 140 deliveries, but he was unable to record his half century and fell for 42, caught by Mahmudullah off spinner Sohag Gazi. Taylor went soon afterwards, caught behind by opposition skipper Mushfiqur Rahim of Enamul.

The final two wickets were not long in coming in the final session, with just 12 runs added to the tea score. Keegan Meth and Shingi Masakadza had both made valuable contributions of 21 each, before falling to Enamul and Gazi respectively.

The rest of the evening session belonged to the visiting batsmen, and Jahurul enjoyed a slice of luck early on. He was dropped at third slip by Cremeer off Kyle Jarvis in the first over, and it was a regulation chance straight to the torso.

The only wicket to fall was that of Shahriar Nafeez, who was caught by Timycen Maruma off Jarvis for 29. Mohammad Ashraful took up the mantle though, and was on 23 at stumps off 33 deliveries.

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