BCB XI v Zimbabweans, tour match, 3rd day January 3, 2005

Al Sahariar whirlwind helps BCB XI hold on for a draw

Cricinfo staff

Mohammad Al Sahariar scored a rousing counter-attacking hundred to help the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI secure a draw against the Zimbabweans in the tourists'only warm-up game before the first Test that starts this Thursday.

Al Sahariar arrived at the crease with his side 57 for 5, still trailing by 149 with more than two hours' play left, but he scorched to his first 50 from 28 balls with seven fours and three sixes. Although he slowed down after that, he reached his century off 114 balls which allowed him to forget the indignity of the second-ball duck he recorded in the first innings.

Earlier the Zimbabweans, resuming for 384 for 3, continued to pile on the runs, as Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor both made half centuries before Tatenda Taibu declared on 522 for 3 - a lead of 206. Elton Chigumbura then struck immediately, removing both openers to reduce the BCB XI to 11 for 2 in the sixth over before Stuart Matsikenyeri, who scored his maiden hundred on the second day, chipped in with two more to have the BCB XI in trouble - but then the Al Sahariar whirlwind came to knock the Zimbabweans back in place.