Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 2nd day April 26, 2013

Robiul, Nasir put Bangladesh ahead

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Zimbabwe 158 for 4 (Chigumbura 45*, Robiul 2-34) trail Bangladesh 391 (Shakib 81, Nasir 77, Mushfiqur 60, Chigumbura 3-75) by 233 runs
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A mid-afternoon spell from Robiul Islam swung the second and final Test Bangladesh's way. The fast bowler troubled Zimbabwe considerably, but the visitors would have liked a few more wickets in the final session after the home side ended the second day on 158 for 4.

The game is increasingly becoming an engrossing contest, especially after the 61-run unbeaten fifth-wicket stand between Elton Chigumbura, who remained at the crease on 45, accompanied by Malcolm Waller, who was not out on 30. They forced the pace, after being held back considerably by Bangladesh's main bowler.

Robiul's first spell of 11 overs cost just 16 runs as he racked up six maidens. The reward was two wickets during that middle session, from which Zimbabwe haven't quite recovered. His two subsequent spells were disciplined, too, and it helped the other bowlers to merely keep to their task rather than bring out anything extraordinary. The day was always going to be Robiul's.

His work on the second day began with the bat in hand. Towards the end of the Bangladesh innings, he blasted two fours and two sixes in his 18-ball 24. He took 17 runs off a Graeme Cremer over as Zimbabwe struggled to close Bangladesh out. When he had the ball in hand, Robiul was in the zone.

He tested Regis Chakabva with his good length deliveries, pitching and moving away on most occasions. The odd delivery every over went straight on as both Chakabva and Vusi Sibanda hardly made an impression on the bowling. Chakabva was dropped on 6 by a diving captain Mushfiqur Rahim behind the wicket off Robiul. But he fell in the same bowler's next over. The ball didn't appear to take the edge, but the umpire adjudged him caught behind. Sibanda fell in Robiul's following over, his edge to the wicketkeeper thin but audible.

Robiul then had a battle to remember with Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor, the best batsman on show this series. He first bowled very full and straight, before resorting to the shorter deliveries. In the 17th over alone, he had Taylor gloving a bouncer awkwardly before edging a good-length ball short of first slip. Taylor played 34 deliveries from Robiul, scoring only six runs. Mushfiqur posted a third man to cut out Taylor's ramp shot against the short ball but Robiul probably overdid the short stuff.

Hamilton Masakadza fell to a Shakib Al Hasan delivery that didn't turn. It was the left-arm spinner's fourth ball in the game, and put the home side deeper into trouble at 45 for 3.

Taylor battled on after tea, opening up on more than one occasion during his partnership with Waller. They added 52 before the Zimbabwe captain holed out to deep square leg off Sohag Gazi.

Afterwards and till stumps, Waller and Chigumbura forced the issue with regular change of strike and boundaries which flowed more as the visitors tried to eke out a wicket in the last hour.

Earlier, Nasir helped Bangladesh add a further 91. He made 77 off 103, leading two important partnerships after the dismissal of the top six batsmen. He added 33 for the seventh wicket with Ziaur Rahman, before putting together 51 for the eight wicket with Gazi.

Nasir hit eleven boundaries, and his positive approach against the second new ball should encourage the other batsmen to not throw it away after getting a start. Nasir began slowly, but didn't let go of any opportunity to find the boundary until he was bowled around his legs by Cremer, becoming the ninth batsman out for 367. Robiul's hitting stretched the score to 391, and his bowling made sure Zimbabwe would have a hard time getting anywhere close.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Warm_Coffee on April 27, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    What is Rahim doing? not allowing Zia to bowl and over bowling Shakib again. I don't want to see Shakib injuring his leg again if he overdoes it a bit. Elton played really well, very positive deserved a 100 but in form bowler Robiul has been a gem.

  • Mystrious_Faisal on April 27, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Robiul, you beauty!! How can a bowler bowling like this consistently! I am totally impressed.........;)

  • borhans on April 27, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Isn't it amazing that BD always was good at spin but still we are bringing foreign coach for spin but the bowling department which we are really lacking is pace but we don't have any fast bowling coach .I don't even think cricket board doing any pacer hunter or anything kind of this to pick some good pacers .BCB is too busy with T20 & other competition arranging stuff that they don't really giving enough effort to bring more talents from schools level & nurture them well for future..We are showing off too much but inside we are totally depending on individual players for their own well being

  • Warm_Coffee on April 27, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    I agree! 2 weakest teams in Test Cricket should be playing eachother in 3/4 tests especially since they don't get to play as much Test Cricket as the top teams. Zimbabwe have been impressive showing fight and making it a good contest.

  • dummy4fb on April 27, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Inshallah Bangladesh won the match...

  • Sadequl on April 27, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    @ Murshed Hasan just to remind U don't relay on BD boys so much & there R so many examples for them to loose a match even when that was in their winning grip.

    As far as it looks like now there is a chance other batsmen except Taylor from Zim R looking some sort of responsibility among them to fight back in 2nd test to make it closer or even take some sort of lead in this 1st innings & thus most probably match might have a bigger chance to be ended up with a draw then.

    If Sajidul or Ziaur could have proved the justification as changed bowlers for BD yesterday or even today then BD could have upper hand to take the lead but the way Waller and Chigumbura fights back, now match is evenly posed for both sides.

    I am sure as spectator most of us would want to see more fights between two tests rivals & both boards should atleast try to arrange at best 3 tests for each future series or as more as possible when they can not have other top test playing nations to support them continuously.

  • dummy4fb on April 27, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Bangladesh betting line up is best batting line up ever. i dont want to see any change . why nafiz out from bd team , i dont understand. nafiz is batter then jaharul. bd need to keep mafiz, mominul and mahmudullah . bangladesh bowling department is very week. bd need parfect some bowler like , rubel, sofiul, masraffee, ...bd can beat any team at this time.. keep going .....all the best for bd,

  • Energetic. on April 27, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    I'm not a fan of Jahurul because he doesn't value his wicket and there are much better batsman than him in Bangladesh i.e. Marshall, that's for Test Cricket. Jahurul style is more suited to the limited forms. Any lead will be great but we have to bat much much better in the second innings but have a feeling it won't.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 27, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    The Match isn't over and the BD fans started their praises yet again. How many times have BD got into a good position and then lost like the 2nd test vs pakistan in 2011.

  • dummy4fb on April 27, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    The Tigers are roaring everywhere, in BD, in Zim! The senior team took the control in the 2nd test against Zim so far and the young Royal Bengal Tigers beat SL youth in the 3rd ODI and is leading the series by 2-1! Now see, the haters of BD cricket went in hiding again in the caves whereas they came out in large numbers when BD lost the 1st test in Zim!