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Tigers in trouble after batting failure
Bangladesh’s poor form with the bat in Test cricket continued as Zimbabwe bowled out the home side for 143 runs to take a firm grip on the first Test in Sylhet on Sunday.
The hosts had debutant Ariful Haque to thank for saving them from more embarrassment after he dug deep to stay unbeaten on 41 offering some resistance to Zimbabwe bowlers.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and tail-ender Mehedi Hasan also scored 31 and 21 runs respectively but they came agonisingly inadequate to prevent Bangladesh from getting dismissed below 200 runs for the seventh consecutive Test innings.
Zimbabwe, who made 282 in their first innings, were on top from the moment Imrul Kayes dragged a Tendai Chatara delivery onto his stumps for five in the fourth over of their innings.
In a clueless batting, the hosts then lost three wickets in nine balls to be reduced to 19-4.
Opener Liton Das followed Imrul on nine, giving a catch to wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva before Zimbabwe successfully reviewed a caught behind appeal against Nazmul Hossain (five) off fast bowler Chatara.
After Chatara, who finished with 2-19, bowled stand-in skipper Mahmudullah for naught in the same over, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque shared 30 runs for the fifth wicket to momentarily halt the damage.
Sikandar Raza joined the act by removing Mominul for 11 before Mushfiq’s dismissal in the first over of the final session exposed Bangladesh’s tail.
Bangladesh were expected to do better after left-arm spinner Taijul Islam dominated the opening session, adding four wickets to his overnight haul of two to end Zimbabwe's innings before lunch.
Overnight batsman Peter Moor was not out on 63 with Taijul wreaking havoc at the other end.
Zimbabwe, who resumed on 236-5, remained unscathed for nearly an hour but lost their remaining wickets in a rush after left-arm spinner Taijul broke through the resistance of Regis Chakabva (28).
A brilliant reflex catch by Nazmul at short-leg broke Chakabva's 60-run partnership with Moor for the sixth wicket.
Taijul then removed Wellington Masakadza, who was caught behind for five, and Kyle Jarvis for four to complete his fourth five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
Fellow left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam trapped Brandon Mavuta leg-before for three to hasten Zimbabwe's collapse.
Taijul also claimed the final wicket of Chatara, who was caught by Liton at slip.
Moor, unbeaten on 37 overnight, was left stranded after making his fourth Test fifty and first overseas. His half-century came off 192 balls with the help of six boundaries.