Malcolm Waller has been the star of Zimbabwe bowling in this inning with four wickets for 48 © AFP
Malcolm Waller (2nd left) has been the star of Zimbabwe bowling in this inning with four wickets for 48 © AFP

By Ayush Gupta

Nov 6, 2014

Bangladesh were 201 for the loss of five wickets against Zimbabwe on the fourth day of the 2nd Test at Khulna. Mahmudullah and Shuvagata Hom are the unbeaten batsmen so far who are on the crease batting on 63 and 23 respectively. They have also put up a 56-run partnership for the sixth wicket in this innings so far.

Overall, it was an interesting day as it started off with Zimbabwe who ended Day 3 on 331 for the loss of five wickets with Hamilton Masakadza and Regis Chakabva batting on 154 and 75 respectively. However, the start was not fruitful enough as Masakadza was dismissed for 158 at the score of 336 by Shakib Al Hasan who bowled him over following which, the Zimbabwe innings collapsed like a pile of cards with the lower order failing to perform against the Bangladesh bowlers and eventually ended up getting bowled out for 368. However, Chakabva had some smile for the Zimbabweans today after he reached his maiden Test century and became the second Zimbabwean batsman to score a century batting at no. 7 after Craig Wishart.

After the post-tea session, Bangladesh started their innings on a promising note with opener Tamim Iqbal looking in a good touch. However, with an aim to score runs in a hurry, he ended up giving his wicket away to Tinashe Panyangara. Mominul Haque, who came in after Tamim got dismissed, played well and put up a 47-run partnership with the other opener, Shamsur Rahman. However, right before the tea break, the partnership was broken after Rahman got dismissed off Malcolm Waller, thanks to a successful review by Zimbabwe as the original appeal was turned down by the on-field umpire.

The post-tea session saw another record, but this time by a Bangladesh player after Mominul became the first Bangladesh batsman to score the fastest 100o runs in Test cricket and hold the seventh spot in the table of best batting average in Test cricket history. He eventually scored his 10th half-century and also put up a 56-run partnership along with Mahmudullah before getting dismissed for 54. Following him, two more batsmen in the form of star all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan and skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim were dismissed for cheap six and duck by Waller. However, Mahmudullah didn’t panic or give up as he score his 12th half-century with the same in the first innings as well and also put up an unbeaten 56-run partnership with Hom as the play came to a close on 201 for the loss of five for Bangladesh with a lead of 266. Waller has been the star of Zimbabwe bowling in this inning with four wickets for 48.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 201/5 and 433 (Mahmudullah 63*, Mominul Haque 54; M Waller 4 for 48) lead Zimbabwe 368 (Hamilton Masakadza 158, Regis Chakabva 101; S Hasan 5 for 80) by 266 runs.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer)