Tendai Chatara, Sikandar Raza put Zimbabwe on top against Bangladesh

The two took six wickets between them as Bangladesh was bowled out for 143 on Day Two of the first Test.

Tendai Chatara (centre) took three wickets to hasten Bangladesh’s capitulation.   -  AFP

Pace bowler Tendai Chatara and spinner Sikandar Raza claimed three wickets each to put Zimbabwe on top in the first Test against Bangladesh in Sylhet on Sunday.

Chatara claimed 3 for 19 and Raza grabbed 3 for 35 as Zimbabwe bowled out the host for 143 runs after left-arm spinner Taijul Islam took 6 for 108 to end the visitor’s first innings on 282 in the morning. Zimbabwe, which pocketed a 139-run first innings lead, was 0 for 1 at stumps on the second day at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

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Debutant Ariful Haque was the only Bangladesh batsman to offer some resistance, scoring an unbeaten 41, while wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim made 31. Mushfiqur helped Bangladesh recover briefly from 19 for 4 before he fell to Kyle Jarvis, who claimed 2 for 28 to play his part in the demolition act.

Zimbabwe gained the upper hand early on when in-form opener Imrul Kayes dragged a Chatara delivery onto his stumps for five in the fourth over of the innings. The hosts then lost three wickets in nine balls.

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.

Spinner Taijul Islam finished with a haul of six for 108. Photo: AFP

 

After Chatara bowled stand-in skipper Mahmudullah for nought in the same over, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque shared 30 runs for the fifth wicket to momentarily halt the damage. Sikandar Raza removed Mominul for 11 before Mushfiqur’s dismissal in the first over of the final session exposed the Bangladesh tail.

Mehidy Hasan’s 21 runs proved inadequate with Bangladesh being dismissed for less than 200 runs in seven consecutive Test innings.

Five-wicket haul for Taijul Islam

Bangladesh spinner Taijul dominated the opening session, adding four wickets to his overnight haul of two to end Zimbabwe’s innings before lunch, after the visitor resumed the second day’s play on 236 for five. Overnight batsman Peter Moor was not out 63 with Taijul wreaking havoc at the other end.

Zimbabwe remained unscathed for nearly an hour but lost its remaining wickets in a rush after 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 Tests. 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 Das 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.