Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Harare, 3rd day April 19, 2013

Taylor guides Zimbabwe to commanding lead


Zimbabwe 389 and 187 for 7 (Taylor 80*, Robiul 6-55) lead Bangladesh 134 (Masakadza 4-32, Jarvis 4-40) by 442 runs
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Zimbabwe remained on course for their first Test win in nearly two years, ending the third day at 187 for 7 with a convincing lead of 442, as Brendan Taylor took charge on a bowler-dominated day.

He was unbeaten on 80 in the second innings, to add to his 171 that shaped Zimbabwe's 389. Taylor, however, didn't find any help from the top or middle-order, which was dismantled single-handedly by Robiul Islam. The pace bowler took the first six Zimbabwe wickets to fall, his maiden Test five-for and the first by any Bangladeshi pace bowler since June 2010.

But Robiul's 6 for 55 didn't take away any advantages from Zimbabwe. Graeme Cremer once again offered resistance before he was run out for 43, bettering his previous highest Test score from the first innings. He and Taylor added 79 for the seventh wicket, rounding off a very good day for the hosts.

Zimbabwe began the day by triggering a massive collapse in the visitors' batting line-up. Bangladesh went on to lose nine wickets for just 32 runs, giving away their last five wickets without scoring a run. They ended their first innings on 134 runs, trailing by 255, but Taylor didn't enforce the follow-on.

Instead, he let his young pace attack put their feet up for some time, after their efforts in the morning put Zimbabwe ahead. Kyle Jarvis and Shingirai Masakadza picked up four wickets each, while debutant Keegan Meth took two in a lengthy spell.

It was Meth's medium-paced seam bowling that struck first. He ended Jahurul Islam's promising 43 although the batsman had slowed down considerably on the third morning. He had added just five runs off 35 balls before he was trapped leg-before in the 11th over of the day. Mahmudullah prodded needlessly at an away-going delivery and dragged it back onto his stumps to give Meth his second wicket. Bangladesh's good work from the previous evening was coming undone.

Bangladesh's over-reliance on a defensive approach, although it looked sensible at the onset, cost them dearly. The second-wicket pair between Ashraful and Jahurul added only seven runs in 10.5 overs on the third morning and soon after, the batting imploded. As soon as Jahurul and Mahmudullah fell, Shakib Al Hasan tried to up the ante but wasn't successful.

Ashraful's poor shot was not much of a surprise with his career in mind, but in the context of his 88-ball innings it was actually a shock that he had actually pulled that ball in the same over of Shakib's dismissal. Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain have been Bangladesh's saviour in many a collapse over the last two years, but it was a day when nothing worked and whenever the ball was pitched up, the Bangladeshi batsmen succumbed. The timidity goes completely against their recent approaches of solidity this season, but it was a reminder that they are still prone of collapsing in a mighty heap.

Masakadza, playing his second Test, was the most successful bowler as he removed three top batsmen in the space of four overs. Shakib couldn't keep a bouncing delivery down, guiding a simple catch to Vusi Sibanda at gully. Ashraful was out a ball later, giving an easy catch to Malcolm Waller at square-leg. It was a waste of diligence after he had batted well for more than two hours. He was dismissed for 38, the last Bangladesh batsman to get to double figures in the first innings.

Mushfiqur was trapped leg-before by Masakadza, before he finished off Bangladesh's misery with the wicket of Sohag Gazi just after lunch.

Meth and Masakadza reaped the rewards of Jarvis' superb first spell. Giving away just one run in six overs, the young pace bowler kept the Bangladesh batsmen either leaving or using the forward defence regularly. Neither Ashraful nor Jahurul could force him off the square, though they had played the same bowler with much ease in his first eight overs the evening before.

Jarvis returned after lunch to remove Nasir Hossain with an away-going delivery after sucking him in with fuller balls. He added the wickets of Enamul Haque jnr and Rubel Hossain to finish with 4 for 40 from his 16 overs.

Bangladesh's reaction to the collapse came through Robiul, who took the first six wickets. He bowled a beautiful full delivery to bowl Sibanda for the second time in the match. Hamilton Masakadza gave Robiul a simple return catch in his next over, before he got rid of Timycen Maruma with another full delivery. He took three wickets in successive overs before he added Waller's wicket an over later as Zimbabwe slipped to 27 for four.

After the tea break, Robiul had Elton Chigumbura caught at gully by Jahurul Islam to give him a first five-for at this level. Wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami missed a late-moving inswinger and was adjudged out leg-before off the next ball. But the Taylor-Cremer partnership rescued Zimbabwe from 85 for 6.

Zimbabwe had lost their last five Tests before this match but against Bangladesh they turned into a competitive unit. The lead is handsome and should be more than enough to give them a well-deserved win but Bangladesh's collapse said a lot about overcompensating on an approach that is relatively new to them.

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

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  • Manesh on April 21, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    It is more painful for BD when the know thatit came from not any top ranked teams like SA,Eng,Ind,Aus or Pak but from a bottom ranked team. ZIM outplayed hyped BD team in all sections.

  • Wasim on April 20, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    If you see last 2 years performance of Bangladesh team, you can say one game can be worse out of 10. The main fact is behind fall of wickets 3-112 (Mahmudullah, 41.1 ov) and 4-123 (Shakib Al Hasan, 44.2 ov). Mahmudullah is off-form for few months and Shakib has just come back from surgery.

    At that moment, Mushfiqur, Nasir and Gazi could rescue. I don't how Mushfiqur's lbw was given! But, why Nasir is fail? You know Nasir would bowl as part-time spinner, though he is bowling in this match as part-time medium-fast bowler. Did he concentrate much on his bowling style unprofessionally?

    I hope this team can exhibit a good snapshot of last 2-years consistency in 2nd innings. If they can show better in 2nd innings, they may excuse, "Believe us! We wanted to win the match only, and so forth I started according to our plan!" Was it aggressive starting good enough? Or Should they win 1st innings-to-1st innings battle at first instead aggressive starting?

  • Yasiru on April 20, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @Sadequl on (April 20, 2013, 6:43 GMT) :- DONT WORRY SIR .Fans like you and ideas and attitudes of ppl like you will make BD cricket to the r8 direction which is in a disarray at the moment.Pple like you who donot blindly support the team irrespective of whether the team is playing cricket or football in the playing arena is the lacking part in your improvement.If ppl like you came forward BD cricket will not lie in this disarray for 13 years..But u still have time !!Donot give up, As sri lankans we support for your developement coz we like asian teams to come forward and we are not a selfish nation at all.We are there for you.But not to mention about your hi-fi fans sir.They donot know to praise or de-praise even a team.

  • shyam on April 20, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    shakib al hasan no. 1 all roiunder..lol..cant bat cant ball even agianst zimbawe..mystery all roiunder :)

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    m a Pakistani n m here jst to say dat things as such haappen to all da teams around da world n derz nothing to feel bad about,wot i see now is a great improvement from both da sides n especially from da Bd side,n for all da Bd fans bashers plz grow up,how many of u feel gud abt ur own teams dismal performances,n for da Zim fans plz take pains to come to da ground ur stars hav made u proud n its a pay back time,,,,

  • Ananth on April 20, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Ordinary. Sums up Bangladesh in one word.

  • sadequl on April 20, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    @ ramz_01 its nice to see your positive comments & what you said is hard truth no doubt. Believe me being as BD fan it always hurts us most to see such kind of humiliation at often our boys give us but that is not true that we also think they are world beaters. We do know our limitations too by having real cricketing sense & this is not the first time our boys collapsed such way either. So consistency is the main issue with the boys & which is a never ending problem with them till we started the ODI & test journey.

    Once we even had to send our boys to physic training under army for once but yet they can not break free from such old typed of mentality. As BD fan we are the sufferer in here to face such humiliations by the boys in world cricket as always with such typed collapsing batting display.

    Yes we failed to create a wall like Dravir for India & Sanga/Dilshan for SL but no idea how serious our BCB or management to find or create someone like them in our team either.

  • ashrafur on April 20, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    I think no one man show like Taylor did in the both innings of this match could save this match for BD. Only top order batsmen of BD need to believe in themselves that they can bat for two days in this pitch. I also believe we have more than two batsmen that match the quality of Brandon. Only thing is they need to deliver when it is badly needed to show in adverse condition. Unfortunately, the body language did not seems like they are in a killing spree to prove they are equal or superior. No matter what in next match inclusion of Sajidul Islam or Fohad Reza is inevitable. If needed Shakib needed to be rested to come back in ODI with full throttle and Mahmudullah to be excluded to remind him that he is a player first before claiming an automatic choice as he named as vise captain for this tour.

  • Benazir on April 20, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Was it a Tsunami in Harare? I still can't comprehend what just happened. When I last checked the scorecard from my mobile, Ban was 102/1, few hour later I found that Zim were batting and BD is 134 all out. My eyes were literally popped out. It was a pure disbelief. However, I think Bangladesh have the fire-power to overcome this mammoth chase; this is a different Bangladesh team than they were used to be in few years back.

  • borhan on April 20, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    I kinda feel BD batsman paid heavily for their ignorance toward zimbabwen players ..but why? yes we are playing better than them against all top teams but it should mean we should be able to perform far better against zimbabwe but the word domination become reckless for BD batsman when it comes to zimbabwe ..Good luck zimbabwe . Real good pace attack have to be credited for their better performance against BD team