Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Live Score 1st Test Day 3, BAN vs ZIM 2013
Bangladesh responded to a stubborn batting performance from Zimbabwe with typical belligerence.
Facing a total of 389, which could have been a lot steeper if one more middle order man had stayed longer for the hosts - Bangladesh responded with confidence despite some shoddy judgment from Jahurul. It all could have begun far worse. Kyle Jarvis bowled with impressive control and lively pace to consistently test Jahurul through the first over before he drew an edge. Cremer at third slip spilled it. Soon he was again top-edging trying to pull Jarvis and it fell between the fielders. However Jarvis and Meth soon lost their discipline and started bowling at least one ball every over which was either on the pads, or overpitched. To their credit Jahurul and Nafees duly dispatched them. Just as both were opening up with some top-quality drives through the offside, Nafees tried to turn one to leg, closed the bat face too soon and a simply catch lobbed up to point. Jarvis was at it again as he got a fairly plumb LBW appeal turne down against Jahurul. Ashraful then took control with some delightful drives through extra cover, and cover-point to take Bangladesh to 95/1 at close.
Earlier, for most of two days it was a world far removed from twenty over slog-a-thons happening across the ocean. Zimbabwe pitched their tent to score 68 runs of 30 overs as the runs became a by-product of crease occupation. It was not pretty, but Brendan Taylor ensured the momentum was not handed over (not completely at any rate) after losing two early wickets. Having started the day with four wickets down, Chigumbura spooned a simple return catch to Rubel first.
Robiul Islam and Enamul Haque, perhaps the only two Bangladesh bowlers to rise above the mediocrity and lack of imagination, then provided a lesson in test match bowling. Enamul remained patient and probing like any good spinner on an unhelpful track, seldom giving the batsman any room to score without manufacturing shots. Robiul hissed with swing and seam, providing the energy his partners sadly lacked. Like the first day, his pace and movement had debutant Mutumbami edge behind. As Taylor and Cremer then simply waited for the bad balls, far too many were wasted outside off stump. Mushfiq showed lack of imagination in keeping Enamul on, as his angle seldom made the batsman play, and only as an after-thought did Sohag Gazi get a run. Neither did Mushfiq go for the kill with Shakib. It allowed Cremer to do what Malcolm Waller did on first day, simply play a foil to Taylor’s accumulation and they stitched together a valuable century partnership from being six down for less than 250.
Gazi did finally get Cremer, courtesy a fantastic slip catch by Mahmudullah. That he and Bangladesh displayed more relief than ecstasy told a story of its own. Taylor fell soon after, scoring a mammoth 171 which was nearly half of Zimbabwe's total at that point. However both Keegan Meth and Shingi Masakadza were combined to provide another pesky lower order partnership before Gazi and Enamul wrapped up the tail.
In the last over before close Ashraful went hard at one wide outside offstump and nearly gifted a catch behind. That sums up the threat of implosion they need to guard against to build on their strong response and positive intent.