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Bangladesh on the ropes

Robiul Islam’s bowling performance was the only saving grace for Bangladesh today.

Robiul Islam’s bowling performance was the only saving grace for Bangladesh today.

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s seam attack bowled them into a strong position as 16 wickets fell on day three of the first Test against Bangladesh in Harare today.

Bangladesh collapsed from an overnight 95-1 to 134 all out to concede a first innings deficit of 255, Kyle Jarvis and Shingi Masakadza doing most of the damage.

Zimbabwe declined to enforce the follow-on and reached 187 for 7 in their second innings by the close, a lead of 442, with their skipper Brendan Taylor adding an unbeaten 81 to his first-innings 171.

Bangladesh’s second-wicket pair Jahurul Islam and Mohammad Ashraful appeared in little trouble during the first 10 overs of the day but that all changed when Keegan Meth (2 for 41) trapped Jahurul Islam lbw for 43.

That was the first of nine wickets to go down for 32 runs – including the last five without addition to the score – as the tourists were all out on the stroke of lunch.

Masakadza, playing in his second Test, accounted for Ashraful (38) in his 4 for 32 haul, while Jarvis ran through the tail for figures of 4 for 40.

Zimbabwe also struggled with the bat during the remainder of the day as seamer Robiul Islam struck regular blows.Robiul finished the day with 6 for 55 – already his career-best figures – although he could not get rid of Taylor, who struck four fours and a six in his 128-ball knock.

Taylor and Graeme Cremer put on 79 for the seventh wicket after Zimbabwe slumped to 84 for 6 when Robiul removed Elton Chigumbura (27) and Richmond Mutumbami (0) with successive deliveries.

Cremer was run out for 43 late in the day after a mix-up that saw Taylor send him back and then call him through for an overthrow. (Sky)††

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