Bangladesh A v Zimbabwe A, Fatullah, 3rd day December 17, 2006

Late strikes give Bangladesh the edge

Cricinfo staff

Zimbabwe A 293 and 106 for 2 lead Bangladesh A 380 (Omar 173, Jahural 59, Ayub 53) by 19 runs

Fortunes in the match between Bangladesh A and Zimbabwe A continued to ebb and flow as Zimbabwe fought back well on the third day at Fatullah, closing on 106 for 2 in their second innings, a lead of 19.

Bangladesh had resumed on 288 for 3, only five runs adrift of Zimbabwe's first innings score, but Trevor Garwe immediately removed Marshall Ayub without addition to his overnight 53 and from then on the innings faltered. Only Javed Omar, who took his score to 173 to give a timely reminder to the selectors, offered any resistance as the middle order fell away with five wickets falling for 19 runs. It was only when No. 10 Enamul Haque jnr came in that Omar found anyone to give him support,and the pair added 51 for the ninth wicket before Elton Chigumbura snared Omar - Chigumbura was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 47.

Tino Mawoyo and Tinashe Hove wiped off Zimbabwe's first-innings deficit of 87 before Mohammad Shahzada dismissed Mawoyo leg-before, and Mohammad Sharif gave Bangladesh a vital edge when he had Hove caught behind off the last ball of the day.

Zimbabwe will be aware that their middle order disintegrated woefully on the second day of the match, and will need to offer far more fight if they are to end their short tour with anything other than another defeat.