Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh: Tigers make merry with bat on Day 4 to go away Chevrons chasing inconceivable goal
Harare: Najmul Hossain Shanto and Shadman Islam each struck lots of on Saturday as Bangladesh turned the screw on Zimbabwe on the fourth day of the one-off Check on the Harare Sports activities Membership.
Opener Shadman made a gradual 115 not out whereas Najmul was bolder along with his unbeaten 117 but it surely was dwelling captain Brendan Taylor who produced the day’s most astonishing innings with 92 from 73 balls as Zimbabwe went looking for a monumental and extremely unlikely victory goal of 477.
Zimbabwe had reached 170-3 on the shut, nonetheless 337 in need of what can be a record-breaking goal, leaving Bangladesh strongly positioned to shut out victory on Sunday.
The West Indies maintain the world document for a profitable fourth-innings chase, reaching a 418-run goal set by visiting Australia 18 years in the past.
Resuming on 45 with out loss of their second innings, the Bangladesh openers took their partnership to 88 earlier than Saif Hassan was snapped up within the gully by Dyon Myers off the bowling of Richard Ngarava.
It was to be Zimbabwe’s solely success with the ball as Najmul joined Shadman in an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 196 earlier than the declaration got here with Bangladesh on 284-1.
There was a pointy distinction within the methods Shadman went about compiling his first Check century and Najmul his second ton.
Shadman struck 9 fours in an innings that spanned 196 balls whereas Najmul went after the weary assault, scoring at a run a ball and hanging 5 fours and 6 sixes, essentially the most in an innings in Zimbabwe.
As each batsmen feasted, the six Zimbabwe bowlers grew to become more and more dispirited, significantly Roy Kaia, who conceded 84 runs from 13 overs.
It was a horrible day within the mid-winter sunshine for the hosts, and the temper darkened additional after they batted and opener Milton Shumba edged Taskin Ahmed to substitute Yasir Ali at second slip for 11.
That introduced in stand-in captain Taylor, who had smashed a horny 82 within the first innings.
This was much more superb, as he launched himself on the Bangladesh bowlers, taking full benefit of attacking discipline.
Taylor has historical past with Bangladesh, having scored 5 of his six Check centuries in opposition to them. He regarded sure to make it six from seven as he swotted 16 boundaries in his rapid-fire 92.
His dominance was such that opening batsmen Takudzwanashe Kaitano solely received off the mark when the whole was 72 and went on to contribute simply two in a second-wicket partnership of 95.
Taylor raced to his half-century in a record-equalling 33 balls for a Zimbabwean however his innings led to anti-climax when he checked his shot as Mehidy Hasan Miraz served up a juicy full toss exterior off-stump and lamely chipped the ball again to the bowler.
Kaitano continued his vigil however he too fell earlier than the shut, leg earlier than to Shakib Hasan after scoring seven from 102 balls, leaving Bangladesh needing seven wickets to safe the win.
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