Day 2: Zimbabwe display defiance after Mahmudullah, Taskin power Bangladesh to 468 runs
Harare, July 9: Bangladesh were bowled out for 468 in the second session on the second day of the lone Test against Zimbabwe. The Tigers, who started the second day with 294 runs for the loss of eight wickets, added another 174 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.
Mahmudullah and Taskin Ahmed, starting on overnight scores of 54 and 13 runs respectively, added a record 191-runs for the ninth wicket to power the visiting side to a respectable total, on a surface that is conducive to batting.
Making his Test comeback after over 12 months, Mahmudullah scored a prolific 150 runs, and remained unbeaten. Taskin, who scored his first half-century in th longest format of the game, hit 11 boundaries in his 134 ball knock of 75 runs, as the duo dominated the Zimbabwean bowlers.
Blessing Muzarabani, who had jolted the Bangladeshi top order, finished with four scalps, supported by Donald Tiripano and Victor Nyauchi with two wickets each. Richard Ngarava and Milton Shumba picked up a wicket each.
After spending close to six sessions on the field, the Zimbabwean batsmen started proceedings in a careful manner.
Openers Milton Shumba and Takudzwanashe Kaitano stitched together a 61-run partner, before the former was trapped in front by Shakib Al Hasan for 41 runs. Shumba's 83-ball innings was encrusted with seven boundaries.
Following his dismissal, the host skipper Brendan Taylor and Kaitano forged another 50 plus partnership (53), and kept the Bangladeshi bowlers at bay.
Zimbabawe will start day three with a trail of 354 runs, 154 of which will help them to avoid a follow-on.