Bangladesh have won the first two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) © AFP
Bangladesh have won the first two Tests of the series © AFP

Nov 12, 2014

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It’s the end of first day’s play at Chittagong. Nothing for Zimbabwe today but they will be happy to finally get the wickets of the two openers. It was a disastrous day for Bangladesh bowlers as they failed to make any impact on the game.
No harm done after the second fall of wicket for Bangladesh. Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah are batting sensibly and taking forward the hard work of the openers. The 300 too comes up for them while Mominul nears his half-century.

OUT! It’s Imrul Kayes who has to depart after a brilliant batting display. Hamilton Masakadza gets the big wicket. So, now both the centurions are back in the pavilion. The middle order needs to reconstruct the innings and make full use of the strong foundation laid by the openers.
Imrul Kayes 130 (257) c (sub) Sibanda b Masakadza

The 250 score has also come up for Bangladesh. Imrul Kayes is moving on strongly towards a big score. Bangladesh must be eying a score past 500 now, surely.
The big partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes comes to an end. Tamim Iqbal is finally dismissed by off-spinner Sikandar Raza.
OUT!!!Tamim c H Masakadza b S Raza 109(171)

 

 

Imrul Kayes also gets to his century from 191 balls. This is a superb effort from Bangladesh. They are rattling all records. This is also the third highest partnership for Bangladesh for any wicket.
Tamim Iqbal reaches his sixth Test century off 150 balls. Imrul Kayes is also on course for a century here. And yes, these two have also surpassed there earlier record and now hold the record for highest opening stand for Bangladesh in Tests,
It’s drinks break at Chittagong. The dominating show from Bangladesh continues and Zimbabwe bowlers are still clueless on how to get a wicket. Both batsmen have highest opening stand of 185 they put against England at Lord’s in 2010. If they can break that record, it will be the highest first wicket stand for Bangladesh in Tests.
Tamim Iqbal collects 13 runs from the 42nd over of the match bowled by Natsai Mushangwe. A total of three boundaries came from it.
Kayes celebrates his half-century with a big six over long-on. First six of the match.

 

Imrul Kayes gets to his half-century off 123 balls. He was out of the Bangladesh team due to a skin infection and what a wonderful comeback he has made.

 

 

 

This is becoming too easy for Bangladesh. Now, Tamim Iqbal gets to his half-century and his partner also looks to complete one soon. Bangladesh are in total control now.

 

That’s lunch. Bangladesh have done a good job with the bat. Both batsmen are nearing there half-centuries. It will be interesting to see how Zimbabwe bowlers bowl post lunch.

 

 

 

So the Bangladesh batsmen are moving comfortably on this flat Chittagong track. Zimbabwe bowlers have to do something special to get wickets here. The bowling has been ordinary so far.Although the flow of runs has come down but still Zimbabwe needs to break this partnership to come back into this match.

 

 

 

The last five overs have been quiet. Not many runs have been scored by Bangladesh batsmen. Only five runs have come.

 

 

 

 

 

Imrul Kayes dropped on the bowling off Natsai Mushangwe and on the first ball of the next over bowled by Chigumbura he hits it for a boundary. Zimbabwe have to hold on these chances to make an impact on this game.

 

 

 

 

 

Tinashe Panyangara and Shingirai Masakadza have started with the ball for Zimbabwe but both the opening batsmen have done well to collect good runs in the beginning. Now, Tamim Iqbal hits two back to back boundaries off 11th over bowled by Elton Chigumbura. Tamim Iqbal started slowly and but has gained momentum now.

 

 

 

Imrul Kayes gets off the mark only on the second ball of the match with a boundary. Kayes has hit two boundaries so far while Tamim Iqbal has been composed. Another boundary for Kayes in the last ball of the fifth over.

Bangladesh have won the toss and have opted to bat.

Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor(c), Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura, Richmond Mutumbami, Regis Chakabva(wk), Tinashe Panyangara, Natsai Mushangwe, Shingirai Masakadza

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(c & wk), Shuvagata Hom, Taijul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Jubair Hossain


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the third Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at Chittagong. I am Varun Arora and I will be bringing you the live updates of the match.

Last few weeks have been really good for Bangladesh cricket team. 2014 was harsh, somewhat rude towards the Bangladeshis. They could only manage to win two games out of the 27 they played in the calendar year. Zimbabwe’s tour of Bangladesh has helped the home team bring momentum and hope for the future. Bangladesh has won the first two Tests against Zimbabwe and also won the series. The last time they won a Test series was way back in 2009 when they had mauled West Indies at their home turf.

Zimbabwe have not given it away in both the Tests, they have fought it out in an foreign land but unfortunately they have been nipped out by Bangladesh in few areas. Anyone could have won the first Test played at Mirpur but a valiant effort from the Bangladesh lower order saved the match for them. The second Test at Khulna gave Bangladesh a more comprehensive victory as the left out Zimbabwe by a margin of 162 runs. The final Test which starts which will be played at Chittagong from Wednesday will give Bangladesh an opportunity to complete series whitewash and it will also run in hopes among the Zimbabwe players to stand out and give a fight. Surprisingly, out of the 40 wickets the Bangladesh bowlers have picked so far in the first two Tests 36 batsmen have been dismissed by spin bowling.

Squads:

Bangladesh: Jubair Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Rubel Hossain, Shuvagata Hom, Mahmudullah, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Ayub, Al-Amin Hossain, Taijul Islam.

Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (c), Malcolm Waller, Vusi Sibanda, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Wellington Masakadza, Natsai Mushangwe, Richmond Mutumbami, John Nyumbu.

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