Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor firm at lunch after visitors lose two
Brendan Taylor is on 54 at lunch on day five at Mirpur. @AFP

At lunch on day five of the second Test at Mirpur, hosts Bangladesh are six wickets from beating Zimbabwe with Brendan Taylor defiant on 54 after two wickets fell during the morning session.

The matter of scoring the required 286 runs will not be on Zimbabwe’s minds; rather surviving the two remaining sessions to seal a rare series win will be.

Set a target of 443 to win the match and the series, Zimbabwe ended the fourth day on 76/2 and lost Sean Williams (13) and Sikandar Raza (12) on Thursday morning before Taylor and Peter Moor (10*) took them into lunch.

Mustafizur Rahman bowled Williams with one that pitched and straightened, and then Taijul Islam took a return catch from Raza for his seventh wicket of the match. Scoring 85 runs from 31 overs can be viewed as good work given it is a day-five track, but Taylor and Moor will have to bat exceedingly well to prevent Bangladesh from making inroads.

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

Lunch: Zimbabwe 304 & 161/4 (Taylor 54*) need 282 runs to beat Bangladesh 522/7 dec & 226/4