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Mushfiqur’s record breaking double ton puts Bangladesh on verge of victory

At stumps of day three, Zimbabwe scored 9 for 2, trailing by 286 runs from Bangladesh’s only innings.



Mushfiqur's record breaking double ton put Bangladesh in verge of victory
Mushfiqur Rahim hits third Test double ton. Photo: ICC

Celebrated wicket-keeper batsman belted his third double hundred in longer version cricket as Bangladesh declared their first innings with a lead of 295 in their one-off Test against Zimbabwe at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Monday.

The home team ended their first innings on 560 losing 6 wickets in the final session of day three. Subsequently the bowlers brought the upper hand removing two of Zimbabwe’s batsmen even before opening up the team’s account.

Spinner Nayeem Hasan shattered Prince Masvaure’s stumps in just second delivery of his first over and in the very next ball, Donald Tiripano was caught by Liton Das providing Nayeem a hat-trick chance.

At stumps of day three, Zimbabwe scored 9 for 2, trailing by 286 runs from Bangladesh’s only innings. Kevin Kasuza and Brendan Taylor hold the moment for the tourists until stumps.

Mushfiqur, who became the highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in Tests, smashed an unbeaten 203 encountering 318 balls striking 28 shots of four. Meanwhile skipper Mominul Haque made 132, his ninth Test hundred resuming on his overnight total of 79; he thrashed 14 shots for four in his 234-ball innings, the first hundred since becoming Bangladesh Test captain in November.

Mushfiqur and Mominul added 222 for the fourth wicket, while wicket-keeper-batsman Liton Das made 53 to give the hosts their highest-ever total against Zimbabwe.

Liton and Mushfiqur shared a 111 runs partnership in the sixth wicket with the former scoring his fifth test fifty. He was out for 53.  Taijul scored 14 runs in the end and was not out.

Brief score
Zimbabwe 1st innings 265 all out (Craig Ervine 107; Nayeem Hasan 4/70, Abu Jayed Rahi 4/72)

Bangladesh 1st innings 560/5 (Mushfiqur Rahim 203 not out, Mominul Haque 132 runs)

Zimbabwe 2nd innings 9/2 (Nayeem Hasan 2/4)

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