BCB Academy v Zimbabweans, Bogra, 2nd day January 7, 2009

Zimbabweans poised for win

Cricinfo staff

BCB Academy 59 and 107 for 8 (Naeem 36, Kamrul 31, Price 4-21, Mupariwa 3-21) need another 197 runs to beat the Zimbabweans 89 and 273 (Taibu 70, Masakadza 66, Matsikenyeri 42, Nazmul 4-49, Sajib 3-62)

An easy win is on the cards for the Zimbabweans, with the Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy having been reduced to 107 for 8 in pursuit of 304. The bowlers dominated the second day as well - 16 wickets fell to add to the 22 on day one - but the tourists managed a respectable 273 in their second innings, a much better performance after they had been dismissed for 89 in the first.

The worrying sign for the Zimbabweans was the failure of their middle order, with Nos 5-8 in the line-up failing to pass 10. Hamilton Masakadza, the captain for this game, and Tatenda Taibu resumed the innings at 113 for 2. The two added 52 before Masakadza was caught behind off Nazmul Hossain for 66. Taibu top scored with 70 off 90 balls and was the eighth man out. An unbeaten 27 from Ray Price boosted to total to 273. For the hosts, fast bowler Nazmul Hossain took a four-for, while Saqlain Sajib chipped in with three wickets.

The BCB Academy had been shot out for 59 on Tuesday, and there was not much fight in their second innings barring Kamrul Islam and captain Naeem Islam. The duo put on 67 in 27.1 overs after the openers were out cheaply, but both failed to build on their starts. Price and Tawanda Mupariwa took seven wickets between them - three of Price's four came in the penultimate over of the day.