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Najmul, Mominu hit fifties: Bangladesh dominate on day two

Pacer Abu Jayed finished with a career-best 4-71. 

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Najmul, Mominu hit fifties: Bangladesh dominate on day two
Nazmul, Mominul hit fifties. Photo: Bangladesh Cricket Board

Najmul Hossain and skipper Mominul Haque scored successive half-centuries as Bangladesh replied strongly to Zimbabwe’s first inning total in the one-off Test in Dhaka on Sunday.

Mominul is unbeaten at 79 to start the third day while Najmul made 71 off 139 balls hitting seven shots to cross the boundary rope to steer the home team to 240-3 at stumps on the second day at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. They are still trailing by 25 runs from Zimbabwe’s first innings.

Nazmul built up a 78-run partnership with Tamim Iqbal and later another involved in another 76 runs stand with Mominul on his way to a maiden Test fifty in only his fourth match.

Tamim made 41 runs before he edged Donald Tiripano to wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva.

Mominul, who hit nine fours, and Mushfiqur Rahim shared 68 runs in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand.

Mushfiqur, who returned to the side after skipping the previous Test against Pakistan, remained unbeaten on 32.

Earlier the visiting team started well when Victor Nyauchi removed opener Saif Hasan as early as in 8 runs.

In the wake of the second day, Zimbabwe added 37 runs to their overnight score of 228-6 before Jayed and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam wrapped up their innings at 265 runs.

Jayed dismissed overnight batsman Tiripano for eight when he nicked an edge to wicket keeper Liton Das in the seventh over.

Pacer Jayed finished with a career-best 4-71.

Debutant Charlton Tshuma dismissed Najmul for his maiden Test wicket as Chakabva claimed a third catch behind the stumps. While Taijul dismissed Charlton Tshuma for a duck; he also dismissed the other overnight batsman Regis Chakabva for 30 to end with a figure of 2-90.

Skipper Craig Ervine scored highest in Zimbabwe’s first innings with 107, while off-spinner Nayeem Hasan grabbed 4 wickets conceding 70 runs for Bangladesh.

Zimbabwe : 265/10 in 106.3 overs (Ervine 107, Masvaure 64, Chakabva 30; Nayeem 4/70, Abu Jayed 4/71, Taijul 2/90)

Bangladesh : 240/3 in 71 overs (Mominul 79*, Shanto 71, Tamim 41, Mushfiqur 32*; Tiripano 1/40, Nyauchi 1/41, Tshuma 1/46)

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