Taijul Islam’s six-for limits Zimbabwe to 282

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Lunch Bangladesh 2 for 0 trail Zimbabwe 282 (Williams 88, Moor 63*, Taijul 6-108) by 280 runs

Taijul Islam’s persistence fetched him a six-wicket haul as Zimbabwe slipped to 282 all out on the second morning of the first Test in Sylhet. Taijul added four wickets in the morning, the last two of them coming off consecutive deliveries to leave him on a hat-trick in the visitors’ second innings.

Zimbabwe lost their last five wickets for the addition of 46 runs to their overnight 236 for 5, and lasted 26.3 overs. Liton Das and Imrul Kayes, the Bangladesh openers, played out a single over before the umpires called for lunch.

The morning belonged to Taijul who took his fourth five-wicket haul. Mahmudullah used him the most during the innings, and his persistence paid off with figures of 6 for 108. Nazmul Islam took two wickets, one on the second morning, while Mahmudullah and Abu Jayed had one each from the first day.

Zimbabwe began the day with Peter Moor and Regis Chakabva extending their sixth-wicket stand for 11.1 overs, although it was slow going as they added just 25 runs. Moor struck two fours during this period, the second of which brought up his fourth Test fifty. He batted with much confidence, but couldn’t help contain the slide at the other end as the Bangladesh spinners took control in the second half of the session.

Nazmul Islam Shanto brought an end to the Moor-Chakabva partnership, which was worth 60 runs, with a superb grab at short leg, after Chakabva had clipped Taijul forcefully. Shanto was going for cover but the ball just stuck in his hand.

Wellington Masakadza’s first Test innings lasted 28 balls as he edged Taijul to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Nazmul’s second wicket was that of Brandon Mavuta, in a case of debutant removing debutant.

Taijul then finished it up by getting Jarvis caught at slip, before Chatara was caught at silly mid-off by Liton Das next ball. Moor remained unbeaten on 63 off 192 balls with six fours.

Zimbabwe had earlier reached 236 for 5 in an attritional first day at the debuting Test venue. Sean Williams struck a fine 88 that blunted Bangladesh’s spin attack. He efficiently rotated the strike with Moor during their 72-run fifth wicket stand, after they had slipped to 129 for 4 in the middle session. Hamilton Masakadza had given them an encouraging start, making 52, but he fell an over after the lunch break.

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