Zim A v Bangladesh A, 2nd Test, Bulawayo, 2nd day February 20, 2005

Shahadat puts Bangladesh A in control

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh A 309 for 9 (Mushfiqur Rahman 110*, Chibhabha 4-46) v Zimbabwe A

A career-best 5 for 63 from Shahadat Hossain put Bangladesh A in a strong position on the second day of the second Test against Zimbabwe A at Bulawayo. At the close, Bangladesh had reached 78 for 0 in their second innings, a lead of 188.

Shahdat had caused Zimbabwe problems with the bat last night, helping Mushfiqur Rahim put on 47 for Bangladesh's ninth wicket - Mushfiqur added just one to his overnight 110 this morning - but in a post-lunch spell today he ripped through Zimbabwe's brittle middle order.

Reply to Bangladesh's 311, Zimbabwe had reached 90 for 0 when the dismissal of Vusi Sibanda for 42 triggered a remarkable collapse, all ten wickets falling for 101 runs in little over a session. Terrence Duffin made a solid 59, but thereafter only Tafadzwa Mufambisi with 31 offered any real resistance. And there was more gloom for the out-of-form Dion Ebrahim, who laboured for 27 balls making an unimpressive 5.

Shahriar Nafees (35*) and Raqibul Hasan (40*) underlined the gulf between the sides as they extended Bangladesh's lead at more than a run-a-ball in the final session, with few alarms.