Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 3rd day April 27, 2013

Bangladesh build lead after Robiul's five


Bangladesh 391 and 163 for 5 (Shakib 59, Mushfiqur 50*, S Masakadza 3-33) lead Zimbabwe 282 (Chigumbura 86, Robiul 5-85, Gazi 4-59) by 272 runs
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The second and final Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh continues to hang by the proverbial thread. Bangladesh are 272 runs ahead with five wickets in hand, but are some way from dominating the proceedings.

Zimbabwe fought back manfully in the second session, taking three quick wickets just before tea and adding two more in the final session. They were lucky too, being on the favourable end of two poor umpiring decisions and Shakib Al Hasan's appalling shot late in the day.

Shakib and captain Mushfiqur Rahim consolidated after Bangladesh had slipped to 65 for 4. The pair added 84 until Shakib got impatient, charged at Hamilton Masakadza's innocuous medium-pace and edged behind like he had in the first innings. He fell this time for 59 off 104 balls, and had looked mostly in command. He was, however, dropped twice in the same region, behind point, on 45 and 48 but ultimately it was his own poor thinking that brought about his downfall.

Mushfiqur remained solid till the end, remaining at the crease on 50 off 85 balls, tight in his defensive play. He was also mindful of variable bounce in the wicket, but took it ball by ball, rather than going after the bowling. It was quite different than the start of the Bangladesh second innings, which was nothing short of frenzy.

Tamim Iqbal was the first to suffer at the hands of the umpire. The Shingi Masakadza delivery which rose considerably didn't touch his bat as replays showed; in fact, the ball was quite far from the edge. But he was given the marching orders by umpire Tony Hill, who had earlier given two poor decisions in the Zimbabwe first innings too.

Within a few overs, umpire Ian Gould was in action, adjudging Mohammad Ashraful leg-before to make it 18 for 3 when the Kyle Jarvis delivery looked to be sliding down even on first viewing. The replays confirmed this notion. Jahurul Islam was the second wicket to fall, when he prodded at a ball that was quite away from his body, edging it on way to the wicketkeeper.

After tea, Mominul Haque gave away another good start and edged Shingi Masakadza to first slip to make it three for the fast bowler. The edge was easily caught by his brother Hamilton, the first instance in which both brothers were involved. Mominul had survived a dropped catch by Vusi Sibanda on 2 and a run-out in the 13th over, but he couldn't make that count.

Zimbabwe looked to be in the ascendancy with Shingi Masakadza bowling quite well. But they suffered without Keegan Meth's accuracy and were later stalled by the Shakib-Mushfiqur partnership. The home side had earlier taken some control of the game in the first session with the bat but gave it away soon enough.

Robiul Islam took five wickets, being Mushfiqur's go-to man at every juncture. In the morning session, he broke the vital sixth-wicket stand between Elton Chigumbura and Richmond Mutumbami. He continued to be very accurate, unusual for a Bangladesh fast bowler. The other rare trait in this series for him has been his willingness to keep bowling.

He found very little support from the two other seamers, as Mushfiqur insisted on using him in long spells. Sajidul Islam and Ziaur Rahman were hardly used, although the latter had Keegan Meth dropped at fine leg by Robiul.

Chigumbura hammered eight fours and a six in his 111-ball 86, but he couldn't complete the century after Robiul wrecked his off stump with a beautiful delivery. Before the dismissal, he got Zimbabwe past the follow-on mark and gave his bowlers a smaller deficit.

He added 85 for the sixth wicket with Mutumbami, who made 42. The pair began slowly, but Chigumbura started to find boundaries regularly. Mutumbami joined in, even hammering a six off Shakib.

Zimbabwe had gone off to a poor start to the day when Malcolm Waller holed out at deep square leg to a Sohag Gazi long-hop. It was a lucky day for Gazi who added the wicket of Meth, caught behind down the leg side. Gazi finished with four wickets, while Shakib took one. It was Shakib's show with the bat, though, that was crucial.

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

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  • Mehdi on April 28, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    why Robiul is giving so many short balls to Brendon!!. is it not easy to pick for Brendon? he should mix up with with his lethal out swinger. if he tried too much he might loss his concentration and length to his out swinger. and he should ball from pran fruti end where he got most of his wickets in first innings. Robiul should always concentrate his out swinger and good line and length. When pressure is there wicket will fall down easily. Have some patience boys..it is all about test cricket.

  • Nasser Anzum on April 28, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    @ Manik_mia Hope you know what it takes to be a captain, keeper and one of the best batters in the side. I don't think you need to have a economic bowler against a side like Zim. Mushy didn't use Zia because he had no bite in his bowling. Again,he's selected as a frontline bowler & frontline bowlers don't bowl like that. I'd rather select a bowler having a figure of 7-0-35-2 than a bowler with 7-4-8-0 .. By the way, hope Zia proves me wrong as BD need it.

  • Mehdi on April 28, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    what Nasir is trying. Who told him to play his short single handed? just play your natural game with rotating the strikes. Do not try too much. Lower orders can bat and contribute!

  • Manik on April 28, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    @ Samudro2106: I can not accept your comment Zia. He was not even given enough overs to bowl. Look at his economy. He gave away only 8 runs in 7 overs; also he created a chance and Robiul fished it out like "koi Mas". Mushi some times makes this kind of mistakes; keep using the same bowler. Even though Sakib was the worst with econmy rate he got 2nd highest amount of overs to bowl. 2nd time when Mushi brought Zia, he was able to create a chance I thought Mushi should have continued fir a 5 over spells. But No; Mushi needs to decide based on filed conditions and not based on pre-conceived plan which usually he decides over-night.

  • Pete on April 28, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    @Goucsfan: 'Should cancel odi's and play another test' Now that is an idea!

  • Nasser Anzum on April 28, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    I think Bangladesh is in a decent state despite the irresponsibility shown by Shakib.I believe BD should increase the lead upto 400 as I don't think Mushy will do the same as Shakib because he looks the most composed batter in BD. In bowling, we need to be more careful as the other bowlers except Robiul must stand up. Though the spinners took 5 wkts in the 1st inning, I was really disappointed at their lack of consistency and accuracy. And Sajidul and Ziaur is far from effective which makes me wonder why some BD fans like them more than Rubel,Abul etc. However, Go on,tigers !!!!! We are always with you....

  • Manik on April 28, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Quddus-Mamu: Robiul will not be good for ODI or T20. His balls can be pulled to boundary very easy during the fielding restriction time. Test match is different as there is no restriction. Anyway, BD should try their regular ODI team; only thing is that they should have 3 pacers; if they use 2 pacers they need to use Nasir as pacer not spiner.

  • Manik on April 28, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    When Robiul bowled Mutumbani the 3rd umpire wanted to recheck if that was a NO bowl or not. Similarly when a close call was going against the batsman why 3rd umpire is not stepping in to re-ckeck if that was really an edged from bat or not. Otherwise what is the purpose of the 3rd umpire? If 3rd umpire can be given little more power you do not need DRS; because now a days TV camera can catch the view very clearly. BTW, there was 2 wrong calls also were against ZIM. Only difference is both wrong calls against BD were for 2 guys from top order whereas ZIM got one from top order and one in near tail.

  • Graham on April 28, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    DRS was introduced to assist umpires and the pace of the game changed along with technology, the fact that some test matches are played with DRS and some without, makes a mockery of ICC rankings etc. Test matches that lead to a performance rating ,that could affect sponsorship etc ,should all be played under the same conditions,