mahmudullah-Taskin’s ninth wicket partnership in the Harare Test put Bangladesh in the lead. At the end of the day, Bangladesh team is still ahead of the hosts by 354 runs.
Milton Shumba and Kitano, two young openers, gave a great start to host Zimbabwe in their first innings with a huge target of 468 runs given by Bangladesh. However, Shakib Al Hasan did not allow the pair to grow. Shakib broke the 61-run partnership by returning Shumba with a personal 41 runs. However, another opener Kitano finished the day with a 53-run partnership with captain Brendon Taylor in the second wicket partnership. At the end of the second day, Taylor is unbeaten on 37 and Kitano on 33.
Earlier, two unbeaten batsmen Mahmudullah and Taskin Ahmed gave a great start to Bangladesh who went down to bat for the second day with 294 runs for 6 wickets. The record-breaking 191-run stand for the ninth wicket was broken by the departure of Taskin Ahmed, who hit his first half-century of his career.
He fell victim to young Zimbabwean bowler Milton Schumbar with a personal 75. There were 11 fours in the 134-ball innings. On the other hand, if Ebadat Hossain Mahmudullah, who came on the field as the last batsman, could not be given a worthy company, Bangladesh lost all their wickets in their first innings and collected 468 runs. Mahmudullah Riyad, who returned to the Test team after a long absence, remained unbeaten on 150 off 26 balls with 16 fours and one huge six. Mujrabami took 4 wickets for Zimbabwe. Nachi and Tripiano took 2 wickets each. Milton Shumba and Engaraba took one wicket each.
Bangladesh: 468/10 (1st innings)
Mahmudullah 150 * Liton 95
Mujrabami 4/94 Tripiano 2/58
Zimbabwe 114/1 (1st Innings)
Milton Shumba 41 Taylor 37*