Ban vs Zim: Bangladesh leads Zimbabwe by 152 runs at stumps, Day 3
Chittagong, Bangladesh: Bangladesh reached 23-0 without trouble and extended its lead to 152 after bowling out Zimbabwe for 374 on the third day of the third test on Friday.
Imrul Kayes was batting on 11 with Tamim Iqbal on 8 at stumps, as Bangladesh chases a first 3-0 series sweep.
Legspinner Jubair Hossain claimed a career-best 5-96 earlier to help Bangladesh take a big 129-run lead on the first innings.
Elton Chigumbura struck a career-best 88 but his dismissal prompted a collapse. Zimbabwe lost its last four wickets for 18 runs.
Sikandar Raza made 82, also his best, while Hamilton Masakadza scored 81. Regis Chakabva was the other notable contributor with 65.
In his third fifty in his fourth test, Raza smashed 10 fours, while Masakadza hit nine fours and cleared the rope once as he got his third successive half century.
After Zimbabwe resumed the day on 113-1, fast bowler Shafiul Islam gave Bangladesh a breakthrough, trapping Masakadza with a gem of a delivery that skidded and jagged back to force the batsman to play across.
Chigumbura held together the innings after Zimbabwe was jolted in the 47th over, when Jubair Hossain took out Brendan Taylor (1) and Raza in three balls.
Chigumbura was supported by Regis Chakabva, and added 113 runs for the sixth wicket until Shafiul Islam struck again with the new ball to dismiss Chakabva lbw.
Richmond Mutumbami gave Chigumbura support, and they seemed to be solid but left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan induced him with a slower one to claim his 18th wicket in the series. Shakib equaled the national record for most wickets in a series. Enamul Haque Junior also had 18, but in a two-test series against the same opponent in 2005.
Chigumbura was on course of his maiden century but a lazy drive against Jubair Hossain cost him his wicket, and Zimbabwe crumbled quickly to concede a massive lead.
Pacer Shafiul Islam took 2-50. Rubel Hossain, Shakib, and Taijul Islam picked up one wicket apiece.
Bangladesh rode on two centuries - Imrul Kayes (130) and Tamim (109) - to post its highest total of 503 in the first innings.