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Bangladesh stare at defeat
Bangladesh lost top-half of their batting line up before lunch break on the fourth day to stare at defeat in the first Test against Zimbabwe in Sylhet on Tuesday.
Off-spinners Sikandar Raza claimed three wickets in the morning while Kyle Jarvis and Brendon Mavuta chipped in with a wicket apiece as Zimbabwe, reduced the hosts to 111—5 during the break.
Set a record target of 321 runs in the fourth innings, Bangladesh resumed fourth day’s play on 26-0 but lost wickets in tandem after surviving little over half-an-hour in an extended opening session.
Play started 30 minutes early to make up for the lost time of third day’s early stump for bad light, with Bangladesh still needing 295 runs on a wearing pitch.
The Tigers, whose previous highest successful run chase of 217-6 against West Indies in 2009, started collapsing once Raza reviewed a leg–before appeal against opener Liton Das to their favour.
The on-field umpire gave Liton not out but reply indicated that the ball was hitting the stump, ending Liton’s innings on 23.
One down Mominul Haque was played on for nine off Jarvis before Raza bowled Imrul Kayes for 43.
Skipper Mahmudullah promoted himself at number four but could not rescue his side as he was perished for 16 giving a catch to substitute fielder Craig Ervine at short leg off Raza.
Raza then took a catch at cover on the stroke on lunch to hand debutant Mavuta his maiden Test wicket and send back Nazmul Hossain.