Jubair Hossain picked up a five-for © AFP ( File Photo)
Jubair Hossain picked up a five-for © AFP ( File Photo)

By Varun Arora

Nov 14, 2014

Bangladesh trotted to 23 for no loss in there second innings played on the third day of the last Test match against Zimbabwe on Friday. Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal came out to bat with nine overs left in the day. Kayes hit two boundaries for Bangladesh before umpires called off the play on the third day. These both batsmen scored individual centuries in there previous innings and also stitched a record 224-run opening stand which took Bangladesh to 503 in the first innings.

Earlier, Zimbabwe was bundled out for 374 as Jubair Hossain picked up a five-for but gave away 96 runs. The 18-year-old leg-spinner bowled bravely as he flighted the ball often and enticed the batsmen for a slog. Shakib Al Hasan went back with only a single wicket of Richmond Mutumbami. Four Zimbabwe batsmen got half-centuries but neither of them could convert it to a century. But Zimbabwe would still have wished for more taking in consideration the 160-run partnerhsip between Raza and Masakadza.

Zimbabwe started the day at 113 for one on Friday. Sikandar Raza and Hamilton Masakadza started well and Masakadza struck few boundaries. Bangladesh started with Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan but they could not help the team with the wicket. The turnaround came when Shafiul Islam was introduced to bowl and he picked the wicket of Masakadza.

The second partnership between Masakadza and Raza was worth 160 runs, which was the highest for Zimbabwe in Tests. The previous best was between Mark Dekker and Alistair Campbell against Pakistan in 1995, which was worth 135 runs.

Zimbabwe wickets fell quickly then. Jubair Hossain struck twice in the 46th over when he dismissed Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza. Taylor was the first one to leave as he tried to slog a loopy delivery but was caught at mid-off. The second set batsman Raza also surrendered his wicket as he edged a catch to Mahmudullah in the slip cordon. Jubair Hossain struck again immediately after lunch as Craig Ervine missed a full toss on the leg stump.

Elton Chigumbura and Regis Chakabva started the repair work. Chigumbura was attacking from the start as he splashed a six off Jubair in the 61st over which went flying over long-on. Their partnership was worth 113 runs which took Zimbabwe to a respectable score.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 503 (Tamim Iqbal 109, Imrul Kayes 130, Shakib Al Hasan 71; Sikandar Raza 3 for 123) & 23 for no loss ( Imrul Kayes 11) lead Zimbabwe 374 all out ( Elton Chigumbura 88, Sikandar Raza 82, Hamilton Masakadza 81; Jubair Hossain 5 for 96; Shafiul Islam 2 for 50) by 152 runs.

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(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)