Bangladesh in driver's seat vs Zimbabwe

Apr 28, 2013, 01:31 IST | AFP

An 84-run partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim tightened Bangladesh's grip on the second Test against Zimbabwe, but it was fast bowler Robiul Islam who deserved the plaudits on day three at Harare Sports Club.

Robiul became the first seamer to take five wickets in consecutive innings for Bangladesh as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 282 — a first-innings deficit of 109 — but the tourists required a calm stand from Shakib and Mushfiqur to rescue their second innings after a calamitous start.

Robiul Islam
Robiul Islam

Although Shakib was out to part-timer Hamilton Masakadza for 59 shortly before the close, Mushfiqur’s unbeaten 50 took Bangladesh to stumps on 163 for five, giving them an overall lead of 272.

Robiul followed up his 6 for 71 in the second innings of the first Test by charging in for 33 overs to claim figures of 5 for 85 in the first innings of the second.

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