1st Test: Bangladesh set 321-run target after Taijul runs through Zimbabwe on Day 3

first_imgBangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam grabbed his second five-wicket haul in the match to finish with career-best match figures of 11/170 on day three of the first Test versus Zimbabwe in Sylhet.Bangladesh ended the day on 26/0 and need 295 runs to win from two days.However, Zimbabwe would fancy their chances to bowl the hosts out cheaply yet again following their score of 143 in the first innings.And the home side will need to pull off a record chase in order to win the match as their highest fourth innings chase is 217/6 against West Indies at St. George’s in 2009. And so far, Bangladesh have just won three matches out of 28 games while chasing in the fourth innings.Taijul, however, was instrumental in triggering a collapse in Zimbabwe’s second innings, when they were bowled out for 181 from a dominating 101/2.Taijul’s 5/62, following his 6/108, was complemented by off-spinner Mehidy Hasan’s 3/48 and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam’s 2/27.Mehidy broke through by dismissing opener Brain Chari for 4 to give the hosts hope in the morning session when Zimbabwe began the day on 1/0. But Brendan Taylor counterattacked in a bid to keep Bangladesh’s spinners at bay.Islam ended Taylor’s attacking knock by inducing him to play a big shot, resulting a catch at long-on. Taylor scored 24 off 25, hitting four boundaries.Mehidy, however, got the prized wicket of Hamilton Masakadza for 48, ending his 104 ball knock. Taijul then took three wickets in five balls to raise the prospect of bowling Zimbabwe out cheaply.But the resistance came from Regis Chakabva (20) and Wellington Masakadza (17), who played 116 balls between them to add 35 runs for the sixth wicket.advertisementBangladesh was bowled out for 143 in the first innings, its seventh straight Test innings below 200, in reply of Zimbabwe’s 282.(With inputs from AP)last_img

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