Hamilton Masakadza remained the highest scorer of the day as well as in this innings and the whole series so far with an unbeaten 154 off 316 balls © AFP
Hamilton Masakadza remained the highest scorer of the day as well as in this innings and the whole series so far with an unbeaten 154 off 316 balls © AFP

By Ayush Gupta

Nov 5, 2014

Zimbabwe closed the third day on 331 for the loss of five wickets against Bangladesh during the 2nd Test at Khulna. Hamilton Masakadza remained the highest scorer of the day as well as in this innings and the whole series so far with an unbeaten 154 off 316 balls.

Zimbabwe, who started the day on 53 for the loss of just one wicket from last day started the day on a slow note and ultimately losing opener, Brian Chari for just 25 who fell to Taijul Islam after handing a comfortable catch to Tamim Iqbal at mid-off as he charged for a big-shot against it. However, they put up a 67-run partnership  for the second wicket. This led to the arrival of skipper, Brendan Taylor, who along with Masakadza put up a 67-run partnership as well. Masakdza eventually brought up his sixth Test fifty before lunch.

As they began the post-lunch session on the score of 140 for the loss of just two, just 11 runs were added to the total when Bangladesh’s star all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan got rid of the skipper as Taylor departed for 37. Following this, just 20 ore runs were added when Chris Ervine too departed for 17 after falling to Shakib and eight runs later, it was Elton Chigumbura‘s turn to walk back after getting dismissed by the same man. However, Masakdza didn’t panic or lose hope as he brought up his fourth Test century. The three-wicket claim by the all-rounder came as a hope that the collapse of the Zimbabwe innings was near as they reached 231 for the loss of five at tea break.

However, the scenario totally changed in the post-tea session as to everyone’s surprise no wicket fell till the end of the day’s play. Instead Masakadza and Regis Chakabva scored a 142-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Chakabva scoring his second Test half-century. Eventually, Maskadza too brought up his 150 just before the end of day’s play to put Zimbabwe in total control of the game so far. However, they still need to play good cricket as they trail the home team by 102 runs.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 433 (Shakib Al Hasan 135, Tamim Iqbal 109; Tinashe Panyangara 2 for 49) lead Zimbabwe 331 for 5 (Hamilton Masakadza 154*, Regis Chakabva 75*; Shakib-al-Hasan 3 for 70) by 102 runs.

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