Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe: Set 443, visitors end day four on 76/2 after Mahmudullah hundred
Mahmudullah's 101* was his first Test century since 2010. @AFP

Bangladesh need eights wickets to beat Zimbabwe and level the two-match series 1-1, after stand-in captain Mahmudullah‘s first Test hundred since 2010 set up a declaration at 224/6 on day four of the  second Test at Mirpur.

Set a target of 443 to win the match and the series, Zimbabwe ended the day on 76/2, still 367 runs shy of victory.

Bangladesh, who opted against enforcing the follow-on despite their 218-run first innings lead, had been rocked in the morning session as Kyle Jarvis and Donald Tiripano took two wickets each. But from 25/4, the hosts found resistance from Mahmudullah and the debutant Mohammad Mithun, who made 67 in a stand worth 118.

Mahmudullah lost Mithun and Ariful Haque but progressed to his second Test century – and first since he made 115 in New Zealand eight years ago – and declared the innings immediately as tea was taken.

Zimbabwe, who were all out for 304 on the third day after Bangladesh stormed to 522/7 declared, made a strong start to the fourth morning. Imrul Kayes was the first to go, slashing a wide ball from Jarvis  to the fielder station at deep backward point in the fifth over of the day. Two balls later, Jarvis slanted one past Liton Das to hit off stump and Bangladesh were 10/2.

A third wicket fell without a run added as Mominul Haque chased one from Tiripano and edged to Regis Chakabva, and when Mushfiqur Rahim swatted the same bowler to deep square leg, Bangladesh were four down in 12.1 overs. Mithun and Mahmudullah prevented further damage, slowly building their partnership to take Bangladesh’s lead past 300 before the captain marched to 101*.

In the face of a huge target, Brian Chari and Hamilton Masakadza put on 68 in 23 overs before the Zimbabwe captain was dismissed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 25. Chari then became Taijul Islam’s sixth wicket of the Test when he was adjudged lbw on 43. Brendan Taylor (4*) and Sean Williams (2*) were the not-out batsman at stumps.

Bangladesh need a win to square the series after going down by 151 runs in the first Test.

Stumps: Zimbabwe 304 & 76/2 need 367  runs to beat Bangladesh 522/7 dec & 226/4 (Mahmudullah 101*, Mithun 67)